Newfound Harbor Marine Institute 1300 Big Pine
Key, Fl 33043
© Copyright Seacamp Assoc. Inc. 1997 All Rights
- OUR PHILOSOPHY
SEACAMP ASSOCIATION, INC.
The NHMI mission is to deliver high quality "hands-on"
environmental and science education to supplement classroom learning experiences
and outcomes. We also provide more than just an opportunity to physically
explore the marine environment. We offer students the chance to stretch
their minds and enhance their senses far beyond the scope of the classroom
and to practice their cooperative skills while discovering new worlds in
the company of their peers. Our staff strive to provide an atmosphere of
camaraderie, as well as learning, through the fellowship of exploration,
cooperative analysis, and the whole experience and challenge of residential
camping. We believe in "immersion education" in that students
get an opportunity to embrace the local environment by being completely
surrounded by it. Through NHMI programs, participants learn by living in
- and interacting with - their natural world.
Goals of NHMI programs include providing opportunities for exploring interests
in the marine sciences and for discovering methods of managing the resources
of the ocean environs. From within the heart of our philosophy arise two
important beliefs. The first is that an environmental ethic - an appreciation
for the fragile natural world- is an essential element of good citizenship.
(Some participants may indeed become the scientists of tomorrow, and others
will become the informed voting citizenry who will guide the management
of our marine resources in the future.) Secondly, we believe that learning
must be fun.
At NHMI we create and implement programs designed to:
awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the complex, fragile marine environments
of the Florida Keys, and the Keys' connections to life in the rest of Florida
and the whole planet;
Foster understanding of the interdependence of specific forms of
life in the ocean and terrestrial environs, and of the complex ecological,
social, cultural and economic issues facing Earth's citizens;
Enhance critical thinking skills, and motivate persons of all ages
to use resources wisely and to act conscientiously in all their personal
and public decisions;
Be fun ways to learn .......interactive, experiential, immersive,
The Seacamp Association staff community is committed to:
- Conducting research,
as is appropriate and possible, in order to increase understanding and
knowledge of the marine environment;
Advocating for sound personal and public practices which will assure
the continuation of our natural resources for generations to come; and
Modeling the values we teach.