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Teacher Resources

Horseshoe crabs are a fascinating topic for students, especially those who live near coastal areas. Studying the horseshoe crab can be a great way to introduce students to anatomical concepts and open discussions about environmental interdependence, tidal flat environments, evolution, ecology, salinity, conservation and more. For schools near spawning habitats, field trips can provide an engaging and memorable lesson.

ERDG offers several programs for teachers and students:

Horseshoe Crabs & the Arts Competition

Our annual competition is open to all grade levels pre-K-12. Students are asked to enter poems, tales or images that share their thoughts, feelings and visions about the horseshoe crab and why we should respect and protect it. Each year 30-50 student visual/language artworks are selected to appear in our annual anthology. All selected works are posted on our web site under the "Poems, Tales and Images" category and a limited edition book featuring winning entries is available for purchase in our Company Store. In addition the works are reproduced for exhibit in our traveling art exhibition, which has been hosted in art and nature centers throughout the United States and Japan.

For more information, see the Horseshoe Crabs & the Arts competition rules and entry form.

Horseshoe Crab Conservation and the Arts In-School Program

Conducted by Winnie Radolan, our in-school workshop uses the art and science of paper-making as a vehicle for learning about horseshoe crabs. The 3-hour workshop begins with a 20-minute lecture and video on the horseshoe crab that covers its lifecyle, anatomy and natural history. Students then learn about the selection, preparation and properties of fibers used in papermaking, methods for forming sheets and different decorative techniques, such as collage, stenciling, and lamination. Each student has the opportunity to make their own "horseshoe crab" paper, using prepared stencils of the horseshoe crab and its fellow creatures.

For more information, see our In-School Program.

Horseshoe Crab Model

Our life-size, museum grade model is a great tool for educators. Models are available for purchase in our Company Store.

Model Loan Program
Our loan program provides access to the horseshoe crab model for teachers and schools who may not have sufficient funds to purchase them. At present, this program is available to teachers in southern New Jersey. For more information, contact Erik Mollenhauer at the Educational Information and Resource Center, the Tuckerton Seaport (www.tuckertonseaport.org) or the Bayshore Discovery Project at http://www.ajmeerwald.org/.

Horseshoe Crab Brochures

ERDG's brochure about the horseshoe crab provides basic information about the animal and its environment. Brochures are free (less than 50) to individuals, educators, community groups and non-profit organizations.

To order for your classroon, contact Glenn at erdg@horseshoecrab.org.

Smithsonian Project

For Delaware teachers, there are presently 40 shorebird/horseshoe crab education kits available for 8th graders through the Science Resource Center. Included in the kits is ERDG's life-size, museum-grade horseshoe crab model, maps of shorebird migration and horseshoecrab spawning areas, and a poster featuring the lifecycle of the horseshoe crab.

For more information, teachers should contact their Science Coalition representative. Models are also available for sale in our Company Store.

Green Eggs and Sand Workshops

The Delaware Fish and Wildlife Service offers horseshoe crab/shorebird workshops for educators. These intensive weekend workshops — held during the peak full/new moon May/June spawning seasons on Delaware Bay — engage educators in field studies (including participation in a nighttime scientific spawning survey), presentations by noted experts on all aspects of the topic, and exposure to a wealth of resources for bringing the topic home to their students.

One-day "mini-GE&S" workshops are also available and are held at various times of the year. For details on upcoming GE&S workshops, contact Gary Kreamer at Gary.Kreamer@state.de.us