REECH at Cape Henlopen

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REECH Programs


REECH offers a custom hands-on, learning experience over a 2-day, 1-night period. Students collect samples, take measurements, make observations, and record data, with the goal of understanding how well the coastal ecosystem is functioning. The following Delaware state standards are addressed:

LS2.A – Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B – Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C – Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience
LS2.D – Biodiversity and Humans

Below is a sample REECH schedule:

Day 1
10:30-11 a.m. Arrival at Youth Camp: Introduction, program outline
11 a.m. - Noon Settle in, Change for afternoon programs, Lunch (you bring)
Noon to 1 p.m. Program 1 – Ecosystem Overview
1-3:30 p.m. Program 2 – Marine Ecology of DE Bay: Seining and Water Quality
3:30-5 p.m. Clean-Up – Walk back to Youth Camp – Free Time (chaperoned)
5-6 p.m. Dinner (provided) YC Mess Hall
6-7 p.m. Program 3 – Horseshoe Crab Ecology
7:15-7:30 p.m. Snack Break (provided) YC Mess Hall
7:30-9 p.m. Program 4 – Night Hike: Sand Dunes Night Hike
Day 2
8 a.m. Clean Dorms before Breakfast
8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided) YC Mess Hall
8:30-8:50 a.m. Finish Cleaning Youth Camp + Prepare for Programs
8:50-11:30 a.m. Program 5 – Coastal Wetlands Ecology (salt marsh spur)
11:30-12 Noon Check Out
12-12:30 p.m. Picnic Lunch (provided) In Youth Camp Area
12:45-2:30 p.m. Program 6 – Cape Connections at Nature Center Auditorium
2:30 p.m. Depart Cape