The Schaefer Wet Lab started as a way to give back to a school that has many meanings for my brother and me. With a small though generous donation from my brother to Tabor Academy, an open classroom was established into a living laboratory for students to learn more about the environment through hands on involvement.
From the small barn pictured above, and with the vision of the Tabor Community, the Schaefer Wet Lab has moved over to a full fledged Marine Sciences Learning Center (becoming the Schaefer Oceanology Laboratory) that integrates hands on experiential learning with the sciences being taught at the high school level of education.
This new building is situated on an island at high tide, and surrounded by marsh grasses at low. It is wonderful atmosphere to help educate our next generation about the environmental impacts of our daily lives. This fits perfectly to my philanthropic focus of hands-on learning in an ambiance of inquisitiveness. My vision is to help grow this program so it is the only one of it’s kind in the world.
If you would like more information on this, please contact Tabor Academy directly – 508-748-2000.
The diamondback terrapins program that Sue Norse started when this Marine Sciences Building opened. See Rare Turtle Nests at Tabor’s Schaefer Lab at URL http://www.turtlejournal.com/?p=11373
Here is a link on producing a biology text book geared more towards the oceans. URL http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121018/ISLAND/710189999