Nature awareness is a learned skill, and the path leading to true nature awareness is a deeply personal journey achieved through a process that engages all the senses.  Delphinus School of Natural History is grounded in the belief that outdoor experiences foster true appreciation for the natural world.
 
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.

Interested in receiving camp updates and special trip info?

Sign up for our newsletter here (don't worry, we won't send too many emails).

* = required field
IMG_7104

Advanced Coastal Geology

Advanced Coastal Geology Challenge This is serious climbing, hiking and kayaking and climbing week!The first morning, we’ll start in Morro Bay State Park, with an easy climb up 665 ft. Black Hill.  After lunch we’ll kayak over to the Sand Spit dunes then hike over to the ocean.  Day 2 we’ll scale Cerro Cabrillo at 911 ft.  then we’ll kayak the back bay creeks.  Day 3 it’s the iconic Cerro San Luis, at 1,292-ft. near[…]Read the Rest…

IMG_0383

Marine Science 3: Estuaries and Beyond

Students will explore Morro Bay Estuary and learn the importance of estuaries, in the lives of marine animals and birds.  We’ll observe nesting local marine birds and their feeding behaviors. We’ll observe summer migrants traveling along the Pacific Flyway, as well as local raptors (hawks, falcons, and osprey) that patrol the estuary.  We will also Kayak the entire bay during the week. Students will learn about Aquaculture (marine farming) by visiting an oyster farm in[…]Read the Rest…

147

Aquatic Science 1: Freshwater Creek Exploration and Ecology

San Luis Obispo County supports a variety of freshwater (riparian) ecosystems and provides several options for creek exploration including Pismo Creek, Arroyo Grande Creek  and Stenner Creek; as well as Upper and Lower San Luis Obispo Creek and Reservoir Canyon falls.   Students will examine and discuss the natural components of riparian ecosystems, and learn to recognize the characteristics of riparian flora, and macro-invertebrates.  We’ll track wildlife whenever possible, to observe how various species use[…]Read the Rest…

img_1441

Marine Science 2: Stone Soup (Coastal Geology)

California’s coastal geology began in the ocean. Our state is a compilation of Pacific Plate island arcs; like the Hawaiian Island chain, that converged and were forced by subduction under the North American Plate, until the appearance of the San Andrea Fault.  The Central Coast exhibits visible evidence of our geological history from Guadalupe to Big Sur.  Here on the coast, we sit on a constantly shifting piece of the Earth’s crust and we’re also[…]Read the Rest…

Exploring the estuary up close from shoreline to sandspit, and from the harbor mouth to the back bay.

Marine Science 1: Estuaries and Beyond

Students will explore Morro Bay Estuary and learn the importance of estuaries, in the lives of marine animals and birds.  We’ll observe nesting local marine birds and their feeding behaviors. We’ll observe summer migrants traveling along the Pacific Flyway, as well as local raptors (hawks, falcons, and osprey) that patrol the estuary.  We will also Kayak the entire bay during the week.  Students will examine local Aquaculture (marine farming) by visiting an oyster farm in[…]Read the Rest…