girl with netTurtle Cove is an environmental research station primarily focused on wetlands ecology, which tends to dictate the field equipment available to researchers and students. Besides the vessels needed to get back and forth to Turtle Cove and the surrounding environment, we have basic equipment on hand mostly for the education/outreach program, and some more specialized equipment for researchers.  If you need specific equipment for your research or classes, please contact Robert Moreau [] prior to your trip to see if we have it. A good rule of thumb is to plan on bringing any specific sorts of equipment or supplies that you might need.


The following list is a sample of the equipment available either at Turtle Cove or the Galva Canal Classroom/Boatshed.


  • Dipnets (for minnows and invertebrates)

  • Microscopes (dissecting and compound scopes, enough for class use)

  • Collection jars/beakers of various sizes

  • Plant drying oven

  • Wet tables for work on fish and other aquatic organisms

  • Flow-through water system (cycles water from Pass Manchac through lab and outdoor aquaria)

  • Secchi disks

  • Plankton nets (varying mesh sizes)

  • Aquatic Viewing Scopes

  • Binoculars

  • YSI Water testing meters (pH, salinity, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen)

  • Minnow traps

  • Snake tongs/tubes/calipers
  • Buckets