Children enjoy a day of interactive learning at Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies welcomes the special education class from East Central Middle School for a day of interactive learning.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies’ Ocean Adventures has been welcoming students to their facility since 2018.
Not just students from nearby schools, but students from all walks of life. IMMS Director Moby Solangi thinks interacting with nature teaches valuable lessons. “We have the largest dolphin population in the United States right here in Mississippi. It’s also a great habitat for the most endangered sea turtle. So, we want to showcase it and so we bring nature close to humans. I think if you interact with animals, you appreciate nature, and you become good stewards of the environment.”
IMMS set out with a goal to bring nature to everyone. IMMS prides itself on having a safe, interactive learning environment. People of all ages and backgrounds can find something to enjoy.
This environment is why East Central Special Education teacher Rejina Bosarge keeps bringing her students back. “My students have diverse needs and interests. They love things like this, and like I said, the hands-on experience is great for them. And they’ve seen lots of things that they’ve studied about in our classroom.”
Because of the diverse learning environment, Steven and Garrison could both find a spot that was perfect for them. Steven can’t wait to return and see his favorite part again. “I like turtles. I like their names. There’s Route, Mikey, Donna, and Leah.”