"Jump out the books and into the sea!"

Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom (ELOC) is an initiative put forth by the Virgin Islands Marine and Advisory Service (VIMAS) to help make science education exciting for students. Through ELOC, educators can partner with VIMAS to plan and coordinate learning activities that teach students about different natural habitats within the Virgin Islands such as mangrove forests, sea grass beds, and other marine-related habitat. 


Field trips and classroom presentations can now be scheduled for the 2019 school year. Our team would be happy to work with you to coordinate a classroom presentation on a variety of topics such as marine debris, science careers, and marine invertebrates. Couple these presentations with field activities to solidify concepts covered during the classroom. Complete the registration form below (under the HOW TO REGISTER heading) to schedule your next ELOC activity. 

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Students can learn about various marine life found in our Caribbean waters. These activities teach students primarily about marine invertebrates such as crabs, corals, snails, and much more. During a shoreline trek, students can observe marine animals in their natural habitat. Appropriate footwear is required for activities like these that take place in the nearshore environment. 

You can schedule your fieldtrip to include a presentation and/or activity where students can also learn about the importance of mangroves in the Virgin Islands. These trees which can be found along our coastlines provide shelter for numerous marine and terrestrial animals, protect our shorelines from storm surge and wave energy, and also help to filter our waters. Students can assist with our Mangrove Restoration Project by replanting red mangroves in the field to provide habitat for marine life. 


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For the more adventurous, our team can facilitate nighttime shoreline treks. Many of the marine invertebrates and vertebrates seen during the daytime are more active at night. This activity is great for highlighting the differences in animal behavior during the day versus night. Our team will provide flashlights for you to use during the activity. 


Please note that we cannot accommodate requests for the month of April at this. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Step 1: Fill out the ELOC Inquiry Form.  
Step 2
: Once your inquiry has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted through E-mail to discuss the logistics of your proposed activity. 
Step 3: Prior to your field trip, please have your students complete the following Release Forms. These will be printed and available for complete on the day of your fieldtrip. 

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E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu) / St. Croix (mtaylor@uvi.edu)
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas                                                  St. Croix
#2 John Brewers Bay                                   RR #1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Thomas, USVI 00802                             St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781