Instructor: Kevin Van Dien


Biography

Kevin Van Dien is the public programs manager at The Florida Aquarium. Kevin received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has been working in the informal science education field for over 15 years. He has been working in the education department at The Florida Aquarium since 2008.

Classes by this instructor


Wetlands, Bays and Beaches, Coral Reef, and Ocean Commotion: the galleries of The Florida Aquarium are teeming with fish, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and plants. What does it take to keep immersive animal habitats dynamic? How do you feed a sand tiger shark? What is it like to touch a snake "taller" than you? Ever watched a penguin explore your shoelace with fascination? In a four-week "deep dive" into science, behind-the-scenes experiences, animal encounters, and a lot of fun along the way, you'll encounter a side of the Aquarium few get to see, so bring your camera and your curiosity!
While the Aquarium is a great destination for families, tourists, students and other diverse audiences to visit, it is also a not-for-profit mission-based organization conducting research, leading conservation efforts, and collaborating internationally to protect wildlife, wild places, and even our own backyard of Tampa Bay. In this session, you'll learn about our three main conservation foci: sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, and coral while meeting some of the biologists, veterinary staff and educators who help to achieve the Aquarium's vision to protect and restore our blue planet.
The Florida Aquarium is not just about fish! It is actually a wonderful place to learn some basic birding skills and get some practice identifying different herons, egrets, ducks, and birds of prey. We will spend time in and around the Aquarium, and will also take a boat ride out into Tampa Bay.