Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom
Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Project begins when a teacher submits the registration form. Once thirty new teachers for the current year have registered the program is closed and a wait list is maintained.
In late June, a teacher training workshop is held at the Annapolis office. Teachers receive instruction on the horseshoe crab life cycle, tank maintenance, and feeding. Teachers also receive all the tank and aquarium equipment needed; a teacher’s binder on CD with basic lessons; and horseshoe crab eggs.
During the summer teachers may set up their tank at home or at school but maintenance (feeding or water) must be completed every other day.
When school begins, the tank should be brought into the school. Maintenance is weekly with feedings 2 or 3x a week. Teachers should provide information to their students about the horseshoe crab through out the year, whether through lessons on the CD, lessons from the Green Eggs and Sand science curriculum or other adapted lessons.
Teachers will submit monthly reports of tank maintenance and the condition of the crabs and are encouraged to have students complete these.
In mid to late May, teachers may have the opportunity to bring their students to the Raising Horseshoe Crab Field Day and Release Events at Sandy Point State Park.
Other options are to return horseshoe crabs to MD-DNR while picking up more eggs; or to continue raising the crabs; or returning equipment and any remaining horseshoe crabs to MD-DNR at the completion of the school year.
- Stacy Epperson
Aquatic Resource Education Dept
Department of Natural Resources
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Annapolis, MD 21401
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