At Delphinus School of Natural History, we believe outdoor experiences, foster true appreciation for the natural world. 
True nature awareness is a deeply personal journey, achieved through a process that engages all of the senses.
 
When we learn to recognize nature’s cycles, understand wildlife behavior, and interpret its many languages, we become naturalists, instead of casual observers.  Nature awareness involves learning by doing.  When students develop “place awareness” they begin to notice everything!.
 
Nature awareness begins with developing a connection with the outdoors, by tapping in to what “primitive” cultures call “The Original Instructions”.   It is not routed in lessons or knowledge, but learning through personal experience.
 
Nature awareness leads to an understanding of environmental interdependence, interconnection, our place as humans in the natural cycle, and our responsibilities as environmental stewards.

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Natural History 4: California Plate Tectonics @ Pinnacles National Park

We’re going to do some geological time travelling today, by hiking around an ancient volcanic formation! Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California’s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcanic field.  Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Pinnacles National Park, located near the San Andreas Fault along the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the[...]Read the Rest…

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Natural History 3: Mission San Miguel and Mission San Antonio

We’re going on a historical  expedition to see how some of the original Californians lived! Salinans, were the indigenous people whose tribal lands stretched along the Central Coast, from Morro Bay to Big Sur, and the Salinas Valley, the “Valley of the Oaks” which now includes parts of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. They were among the first aboriginal Californians to come in contact with Europeans, during Portola’s expedition. Their language is said to[...]Read the Rest…

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Natural History 2: Using Nature Skills for Advanced Field Study

  This week’s course is for those students who have completed the introductory Sensory Awareness week, and wish to further develop and expand their basic nature awareness skills. Topics will include: Advanced Outdoor Safety: outdoor hazards, poisonous plants, natural insect repellents and insect bite treatment, heat exhaustion and water usage. Advanced Animal Tracking: raccoons, coyotes, rabbits, skunks, deer, birds, insects and rodents. Survival Foods: cattails, conifers, thistles, acorns and grasses. Shelter Building:  building survival shelters[...]Read the Rest…

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Natural History 1A: Sensory Awareness and Nature Connections

According to Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, the Core Routines of Nature Connections are things people do to learn.  They are not lessons or knowledge, but learning habits.  Nature awareness begins with developing a personal relationship with the outdoors.  This leads to an understanding of our environment, our place as humans in the natural cycle, and our responsibilities as stewards.  The Core Routines help students to “flip the switch”, that will turn off the[...]Read the Rest…

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Natural History 1:Sensory Awareness and Nature Connections

According to Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, the Core Routines of Nature Connections are things people do to learn.  They are not lessons or knowledge, but learning habits.  Nature awareness begins with developing a personal relationship with the outdoors.  This leads to an understanding of our environment, our place as humans in the natural cycle, and our responsibilities as stewards.  The Core Routines help students to “flip the switch”, that will turn off the[...]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 2A: Coastal Geology and Intertidal Exploration

Coastal Geology Students will explore geological formations such as sand dunes, shale formations, and marine terraces of Montana de Oro. We’ll hike Valencia Peak, and explore the numerous trails within the park.  Students will learn how forces within the Earth initiate the events that cause volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and how those events have shaped California’s coastline and coastal mountain ranges.  Students will also search for marine artifacts in the shale rubble.  Students will learn[...]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 1A: Exploring Morro Bay Estuary…and Beyond

Students will explore the Morro Bay Estuary to gain an appreciation for the importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  We’ll identify local marine birds, summer migrants, and predatory birds that patrol the estuary.  During “Belly Biology” on the docks, we’ll study the many organisms that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and rocky shores of the harbor mouth.  While using scientific sketching and journaling techniques, students[...]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 2: Coastal Geology and Intertidal Exploration

  Coastal Geology Students will explore geological formations such as sand dunes, shale formations, and marine terraces of Montana de Oro. We’ll hike Valencia Peak, and explore the numerous trails within the park.  Students will learn how forces within the Earth initiate the events that cause volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and how those events have shaped California’s coastline and coastal mountain ranges.  Students will also search for marine artifacts in the shale rubble.  Students will[...]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 1: Exploring Morro Bay Estuary…and Beyond

  Students will explore the Morro Bay Estuary to gain an appreciation for the importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  We’ll identify local marine birds, summer migrants, and predatory birds that patrol the estuary.  During “Belly Biology” on the docks, we’ll study the many organisms that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and rocky shores of the harbor mouth.  While using scientific sketching and journaling techniques,[...]Read the Rest…