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Aquatic Careers

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to…

  • Become familiar with aquatic professions in the local community and beyond.
  • Complete different activities related to professions that lend themselves to helping aquatic ecosystems.
  • Take part in a meet and greet session with an aquatic biologist professional.
  • Learn how they can become lake and wildlife heroes to help protect the environment.

Next Generation Science Standards:


Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Core Ideas:

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Crosscutting Concepts:

Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems

The daily schedule at Camp Hochelaga is carefully and intentionally designed to support campers of all ages in trying new things, developing new skills, building strong friendships, and having opportunities to build skills progressively each day in program areas of choice.

Performance Expectations: 

3-LS4-4: Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

Program Description: 

Students will discover and explore careers in the aquatic field through stations and activities designed to immerse students in these careers. They will get to take part in different activities relating to lake science and learn how to identify micro and macro organisms in the lake system. Students will also get to take part in a special meet and greet with a marine biologist professional to hear about what they do and ask them questions.


Location: Lodge Steps

This is a time where the instructor will introduce themselves to the students and explain the day’s activities and housekeeping rules. Students will also gather during this time to play an ice breaker game.

Local Aquatic Professions

Location: Theater

Students will learn about local opportunities in the freshwater ecosystem and community of Lake Champlain. These jobs may surprise some students, as working for and caring for our watershed can include working directly with wildlife, working with water quality, or even working directly with people.

Women in STEM—A Lense of Empowerment and Innovation

Location: Theater

Students will learn about key women and non-binary scientists that have led innovative community work and technological advancement. This activity will be structured in a “museum gallery” format, where students will get to explore different “exhibits” and complete a scavenger hunt worksheet based on what they learn.

Become an Aquatic Professional

Location: Waterfront

During this activity, students will participate in stations that will take them through activities that display a component of a different aquatic expertise or way of life. It will be emphasized here that to be a successful professional in the field, one does not have to work in technological sciences. The ones who work in wellness, mental health or those who simply have a deep emotional attachment to protecting our water and the life within it are just as needed and important community leaders.

Meet and Greet with a Woman Environmental Professional

Location: Theater 

Students will get to virtually meet an aquatic professional who is committed to protecting and inspiring others to protect our world’s aquatic ecosystems. The speaker will get to talk to students about what they do and what their day to day work is like, then students will get an opportunity to ask questions to the speaker.