Marine Biology – Research in Bermuda
“This trip to Bermuda was one of the most life-changing things I have experienced this year. I always heard things about how beautiful Bermuda is but I never knew what they meant until I was standing on a ledge looking out over the light blue, almost clear water washing up against the rocks. I have always been interested in water and the animals that inhabited it but I couldn’t seem to find many opportunities to study these things until I heard about this class. Not only did I get to learn about so many fish and incredible animals with this class, but I also had one of the most amazing opportunities to go to this beautiful place and swim with these creatures. My favorite part of this trip was by far the snorkeling, I don’t think anyone who was there could’ve chosen something they enjoyed more. Every site we went to had something different and unique about it and this made every snorkel more memorable than the last. Collecting data for an organization like REEF made data collecting feel even more remarkable because I felt like we were actually making a difference and helping people out with the things we observed.”– Jett A. (Burlington HS) 2019
This Marine Biology course offered by VTVLC is a 1 credit course taught by Brian Slopey. This is a hybrid course with online and face-to-face learning. The online portion will run from January – May. We will also have a few meetings and classes during this time. In late June we will have two intensive days to prepare us for our research with Bermuda Institute of Oceanic Science, followed by the trip to Bermuda in July. Finally, a time for reflections on research in August.
- Trip Dates: July 7-14, 2020
- Available for Grades 9-12
- Meet Scientists from around the world!
- Visit the historical St. George & the famous Fort St. Catherine!
- Snorkeling and dives to shipwrecks!
- Museum & Aquarium visits
- Evening plankton tow
- SCUBA Training & Certification (This is not required. Student can choose to use snorkel equipment for data collection)
You will need to obtain good quality fins, mask and a snorkel. Waterfront Diving in Burlington will give you 10% discount if you tell them you are in the VTVLC Marine Biology class. Also, many of our students have been able to borrow equipment from former students, friends and/or relatives.
Dive skins such as Henderson Hot Skins® are made from either Lycra® or Polyolefin. Designed primarily as an outer garment, Dive Skins® help protect you from sun, abrasion and stings. We strongly recommend, but do not require, you look into buying one of these suits.
Online Course: January 13, 2020 – May 22, 2020
3 Day Training & Trip Preparation: June
Trip to Bermuda: July 7 – July 14, 2020
Research & Reflections: August
Tentative Itinerary 2020 Coming Soon!
The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative will award a limited number of need-based scholarships for the Marine Biology Bermuda trip. If you receive a scholarship, the amount awarded will be reflected on the final payments. Students must maintain a minimum of 85% average and must provide evidence of financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, please download and complete the Marine Biology Program Scholarship. Application and student essay must be submitted to VTVLC by January 23, 2020 in order to be considered. Please see below for submission addresses.
Total Trip Fees: Approximately $2700 (includes airfare, lodging, food, research boats & scientific and safety equipment.) This price may vary slightly as plane tickets are purchased.
Total Course Fee*: $600 (1 credit Partner School Students) OR $750 (1 credit VT Non-Partner School Students. There are cases where the school will cover the cost of the course fee. Please contact the school counseling office to inquire and for confirmation. If the school is going to cover the course fee, please notify Nancy Goodrich at VTVLC as soon as possible.
Payment Schedule – (Payments are non-refundable)
$500 deposit due with registration (prior to 1/13/20)
1/27/20 – Course Fee*
February – 1/3 of trip fee
March – 1/3 of trip fee
April – 1/3 of trip fee
Payment Options –
Checks should be made payable to: VTVLC c/o RVTC, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT 05156
Credit card payments can be processed through the student account in VTVLC’s student information system or by calling 802-885-8331. We accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover. (Convenience fees apply).
VTVLC Contact Information for submission of scholarships, payment and forms –
Mailing Address: VTVLC c/o RVTC, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT 05156
Scan & Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please write BERMUDA in the subject line)
Fax: 802-885-8454 (please include a cover sheet and send attention to Nancy Goodrich)
Because of the nature of this course, registration is a little more complex than VTVLC’s traditional enrollment courses. In order to make this an easy process, we’ve outlined the steps below. You must complete all steps.
1.) Register online. Login to VTVLC’s student information system, Maestro. If the student does not have a user account with VTVLC, they must first Create an Account in Maestro. If the student has an account, simply follow the instructions for Requesting a Course. (The course name to search for is “Marine Biology Trip to Bermuda FY20”.)
2.) Once the student has requested the course in VTVLC’s student information system, the request will be sent to the school counselor for approval.
3.) A deposit of $500 will be due with registration (no later than January 27, 2020) in order to reserve a spot for the trip. Please refer to the ‘Scholarship & Fees’ tab for details. Seats are limited!