Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute of Florida Inc

Coral reef conservation through education,research, and restoration.

aka Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute of Florida   |   Boynton Beach, FL   |  www.HealthyAquaticsInstitute.org

Mission

Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute is not-for-profit focused on coral reef conservation through education, research and restoration. Our main mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the value and importance of our marine environment through education, research, and personal experiences. Students, aquarists, and the general public can learn firsthand from staff scientists and veterinarians about fish, corals, and their habitats to become future stewards of our ocean.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Badgett

Marine Veterinarian

Dr. Charles Gregory DVM

Main address

3600 S Congress Ave Ste K

Boynton Beach, FL 33426 USA

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EIN

81-3369434

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. Students lack awareness of the oceanic environment
2. Aquarium and coral enthusiasts lack knowledge of coral diseases and basic aquarium health
3. High School Students lack knowledge of diversity of marine life and marine science careers in South Florida
4. College Students focusing on Marine and Environment Science lack opportunities for hands on focused interaction with cutting edge coral research
5. High school STEM focused classes lack hands on opportunities to interact with creative methods to enhance their learning
6. High School students lack opportunities in Palm Beach County for internship opportunities in marine sciences

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aquaponics Learning Lab

The Aquaponics Learning Lab program is a year long in classroom observation program with 8 hands-on labs which teaches the fundamentals of using nitrogenous waste from aquatic animals as the fertilizer for growing plants. This educational module is designed, implemented, and maintained by staff scientists and veterinarians to allow teachers to enhance traditional physics, biology, chemistry, and ecology lecture based learning by placing tools, technology, and live organisms directly in the hands of the students. Students grow and cultivate native Florida species to advance their knowledge of Florida ecosystems as well as help restore critically lost habitats.

Population(s) Served

The REEFs program, Restoring Environmental Education For Students, has been developed by Healthy Aquatics education and science staff as a scholarship program to provide meaningful kinesthetic STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based learning experiences for students grades k-12. This scholarship program supports schools in need with the opportunity to experience STEM based educational field study experiences and includes a professional development course for 25 teachers at a zero cost to each schools. This project will provide four hour meaningful environmental field study programs for a total of 1,500 students and (2) professional development for 50 teachers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Aquaponics Learning Lab

Context Notes

Students grow not only in awareness but in a deeper knowledge and awareness of all topics covered to create better stewards of our coral systems and our oceans at large.

Number of children who have knowledge of quantitative concepts, spatial relationships, and sequencing. Children show interest and the ability to apply measuring, categorizing, and sequencing in real-life situations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

REEFs

Context Notes

Through field trips, in-school classes and outreaches; students are becoming more aware of sequencing, concepts, and spatial relationships.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Aquarist Lecture Series is now open to the public bi-monthly with about 50 people attending every other month. Topics range from coral disease to how to use microscopes.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Corals are no longer safe in south Florida, due in part to the white plague spreading across the state watershed. HAMI is providing optimal environments for species to live in house.

Number of research studies that use methods that alleviate or minimize potential pain, suffering, or distress and enhance animal welfare for the animals used

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Marine life cared under the supervision of marine veterinarian (on staff) and marine biologists continue to see growth and increased activities. This includes over 150 different species of coral.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Students gain awareness of the oceanic environment in order to create better stewards of our oceans.
2. The public gains knowledge of best practices in care of coral to create better stewards of our marine life.
3. Students grow not only in awareness but in a deeper knowledge and awareness of all topics covered to create better stewards of our coral systems and our oceans at large.
4, Students will begin to be able to think critically about topics within marine education, leading them to a greater stewardship of the ocean at large.
5. Students will use problem solving to grow in their critical thinking, knowledge and awareness of Aquaponics systems and the health of marine ecosystems at large.
6. 10 Undergraduate and graduate students will be moved through their research and work to actively save coral and the ecosystems

Over the 2018 Fiscal Year:
1. 30 Field Trips to HAMI Facility for 5th- 12th grade students, focusing on various topics that increase knowledge of particulars in the oceanic environment.
2. 6 Virtual Field Trip Field Trips to HAMI Facility for 5th- 12th grade students, focusing on various topics that increase knowledge of particulars in the oceanic environment.
3. Aquarist club meets bi-monthly, in lecture series style environment for the purpose of growing in knowledge of coral diseases and basis aquarium health.
4. 7 week long camps during the summer and spring break camps help High School students increase in knowledge of coral systems, basic marine science and marine science as a career.
5. 3 -4 week long camps that run during higher education spring breaks aimed at both undergraduate and graduate level students, with a deeper more educational focus for college students.
6. Semester long 4 unit modules supplement current Junior High and High School science curriculum with hands on activities and marine life interactive curriculum.
7. Year long, 8 Lesson, Aquaponics classes in 12 schools that expand the ability to use problem solving techniques to grow in knowledge of a sustainable marine future.
8. Provide bi-monthly opportunities to conduct research and interaction with marine animals that enable them to have a better decision making foundation in marine and environmental science.
9. Provide opportunities both through paid and credit based internships to conduct research and assist in education in marine sciences.

Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute has gained county-wide recognition on being a source of marine life, and specifically coral reef experts. Through our partnership as a for-credit intern site with Palm Beach State College, having 2 graduate coral reef marine biology students, and offering classes; HAMI is capable and meeting our goals daily.

This year HAMI has expanded programming to 5 additional middle and high schools in Palm Beach County, does hold bi-monthly Aquarist Lecture meetings, and will be working with Limestone Creek Elementary to develop a marine academy.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute of Florida Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ken Simmons

Simmons Pet Properties

Term: 2016 - 2018

Connie Frankino

Frankino Charitable Foundation

Fred Barr

Mary Beth Mudrick

Florida Atlantic University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No