Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom


Students teasing through algae to observe marine invertebrates.

Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom (ELOC), coordinated by both the Virgin Islands Marine and Advisory Service (VIMAS) and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is an initiative that uses best practices in informal STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education to help make Science fun and engaging. Through ELOC, educators can partner with us to plan and coordinate STEM-based activities, that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), are locally relevant, and highlight the importance of our native flora and fauna. 




Registering for an ELOC activity is quick, simple, and can be done in 3 easy steps!

  1. Download the Lesson Plan to familiarize yourself with the objectives and specific material covered during each activity. 
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  2. Download the Release Forms and ensure that each participating student signs them and return with them on the day of the field trip (not needed for classroom presentations). These forms ensure that the University is not held responsible in case of an student injuries or accidents as well providing UVI with permission to photograph the field trip to use for promotional purposes. 
    release forms
  3. Complete the online reistration form by clicking the button below. Once your form has been completed, we will be in communication with you to finalize the details of your ELOC activity. 
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Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 / St. Croix (340) 692-4046
E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu) / St. Croix (mtaylor@uvi.edu)
Website: http://vimas.uvi.edu
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas                                                  St. Croix
#2 John Brewers Bay                                   RR #1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Thomas, USVI 00802                             St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781

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