Marine Biology - Trip to Bermuda!

Spring & Summer 2017

Our week in Bermuda at BIOS was easily the coolest thing I have ever done. I knew when I signed up for the class that I was in for an adventure, but I had no idea what an incredible experience I would take away from this. Going to a different country and snorkeling with all kinds of fish was definitely something out of my comfort zone just a month ago, but ask me if I would do it again, and I would say yes in a heartbeat. It was great to be able to meet and interact with people who have made an interest of mine into a career as professional biologists living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip opened up a world of possibilities for me as far as what I want to study in college and I hope one day I can make it back to Bermuda, maybe as an intern for BIOS! Thank you for all of your hard work that you put into making this class and our trip to BIOS so incredible, Brian!


2015 Trip Participant, Twinfield Union School

Thanks for investigating Marine Biology!

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 2 intensive days to prepare us for our research trip to BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Marine Science), followed by the trip to Bermuda in July and finally, a time for reflections on research in August.

Most students will be collecting data on fish populations while snorkeling, however students who are certified SCUBA divers will be able to collect fish data while diving on our boat trips. Students will be required to document their BIOS trip through journaling and will be expected to collect and enter data on Fish Populations on the REEF Web Site.

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 25, 2017 – May 30, 2017

3 Day Training & Trip Preparation: June

Trip to Bermuda: July 3 – 10, 2017

Research & Reflections: August

Scholarships – 
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 Thursday, February 2, 2017 in order to be considered. Please see below for submission addresses.

Total Trip Fees: $2,600 (includes airfare, lodging, food, research boats & scientific and safety equipment.)
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 Hannah Farnum at VTVLC as soon as possible.

Payment Schedule –
$500 deposit due with registration (prior to 1/25/17)
1/25/17 – Course Fee*
2/1/17 – $700
3/31/17 – $700
4/28/17 – $700

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.

VTVLC Contact Information for submission of scholarships, payment and forms –
Mailing Address: VTVLC c/o RVTC, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT 05156
Scan & Email: (please write BERMUDA in the subject line)
Fax: 802-885-8454 (please include a cover sheet and send attention to Hannah Farnum)


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.) Complete the Marine Biology Registration Form. This form will need to be completed with a signature and returned to Brian Slopey or VTVLC no later than January 25th. You can scan and email the completed form to either or To fax, please include a cover sheet and send to 802-885-8454.

2.) 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”.)

3.) Once the student has requested the course in VTVLC’s student information system, the request will be sent to the school counselor for approval.

4.) A deposit of $500 will be due with registration (no later than January 25, 2017) in order to reserve a spot for the trip. Please refer to the ‘Scholarship & Fees’ tab for details.

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Marine Biology Blog

Marine Biology instructor, Mr. Slopey, blogs daily during the trip.  Check out last year’s daily activities on the trip by visiting the Marine Biology Blog from 2016.

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U32 Chronicle: ‘Trip “changes lives”'

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