In early April the 7th Grade class spent a day exploring the waters of Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. Each student spent several hours kayaking down Shem Creek while learning about animals that live there. Paddling the marsh edge provided excellent views of birds such as the tri-colored heron and oyster catcher. Another group visited the docks where Kerry Marhefka, owner of Abundant Seafood with her husband Mark, talked with students about commercial fishing and fishing regulations. Kerry and Mark offer a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) which provides locally caught fresh fish to customers and restaurants in our area. In the afternoon we met with Wayne Magwood, a third generation Shem Creek shrimper who has been featured on the show Dirty Jobs and Amazing Race. He gave the students a tour of his facility and the shrimp boat while sharing the history of the South Carolina shrimping industry. The day was rounded out with a salt marsh hike where students learned about fiddler crabs, oysters, sea squirts, periwinkle snails and Spartina alterniflora. The day was filled with culture and ecology which emphasized the importance of our coastal environment and the livelihoods that rely on them.