The CHN is comprised of a strong educational component. We believe that education is the best
way to involve a public outreach program which includes conch lovers of all ages. Several middle
and high school students, as well as teachers have visited HBOI and their conch faciliities. We
encourage students to participate in hands-on activities that can also be completed in the
Setup 'Conch in the Classroom'
'Conch in the Classroom' Lesson Plans
Conch in the Classroom Teaching Packet - This teaching packet includes: a collection of conch publications that is spiral bound,
the "Conch's Life Story" video, the CHN brochure, a queen conch life cycle poster, the Conch Horn newsletter, and a set of juvenile
queen conch shells. Price is $65 for teachers and $90 for general public (plus shipping). Please contact Amber Shawl for ordering.
Queen Conch Teaching Modules For Your Classroom
History and Socio-economics (PDF download - 660k)
Geography, Habitat, and Biology (PDF download - 972k)
Fisheries Management and Marine Reserves (PDF download - 288k)
Aquaculture (PDF download - 536k)
Queen Conch Dissection (PDF download - 604k)
Queen Conch Dissection Quiz (PDF download - 436k)
How to Set up an Aquarium (PDF download - 888k)
These modules were created with the support of the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund
Conch in the Classroom Survey
Student Field Trips
12/9/05 - Jupiter Community High School
11/18/05 - Jupiter Community High School (
03/26/03 - Lincoln Park Academy
10/03/02 - Port St. Lucie High School
09/26/01 - Coral Shores High School & Tavernier and Island Christian Academy
Living Science Teacher Workshop 2002
The Aquaculture Center for Training, Education, and Demonstration at HBOI hosts local science teachers during the Living Science
Teacher Workshop 2002. All of the teachers spent a portion of their afternoon learning about Queen conch and laboratory activities
that they can reproduce in their classrooms.
Endeavor Academy's "Aquariums in the Classroom"
On June 10, 2003, teachers from the St. Lucie County school district participate in the Endeavor Academy's "Aquariums in the Classroom"
series held at Harbor Branch. The teachers had a chance to learn about queen conch and the lesson plans they can take back to
Ms. Jennifer Holloway from Gulf Shores High School and her marine science class will be testing the effect of density on the growth of Florida fighting conch.
Science Fair Projects
Erin from St. Helen's examined the effect of diets on the growth and weight gain of queen conch.
Victoria tested the effect of different densities on the growth of queen conch in one large tank.
Tori from Sebastian River Middle School entitled her project "The Salty Conch", and she tested queen conch growth and survival in different salinities.
Ryan and Aaron tag-teamed on their conch project this year. Aaron's project was titled "The Influence of Diet Upon Queen Conch Growth" and his brother Ryan's project was called "The Effects of Salinity on Queen Conch".
Elana, Shannon, and Sam from Gifford Middle School completed their third conch project entitled "The Study of Florida Queen Conch with Different Substrates".
Megan from Sebastian River Middle School looked at the effects of artificial diets and plain algae.
Blake's project called "Conch Color" examined if different colored substrates affected the shell color of queen conch. Congratulations Blake for advancing to the Regional Science Fair!
Elliot continued lasts years research by expanding his project to test the effects of Indian River Lagoon water and nutrient content on the growth of the queen conch.
Classroom Projects Archive