Delphinus School of Natural History - Experiential Marine Science, Nature-based Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Adventure and Exploration
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.

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Coastal Geology 3: Stone Soup II

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…

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Dunes, Sandy Beaches, and Marine Mammal Ecology

This is going to be a hybrid mix week, that will indeed include exploring beaches and dunes from Oso Flaco to San Simeon; but, we will also be engaged in an in depth study of the lifestyles and behaviors of various marine mammals that are either residents ( sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions) or seasonal visitors (elephant seals). We’ll kayak out to “Otter Cove” for observations with a stop at the sea lion[…]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 6: Exploring the Central Coast, Montana de Oro to Ragged Point

  This week we will explore the coves, tidepools, marine terraces, dunes and beaches of Montana de Oro State Park.  This unique area represents the largest state park in area, in the state.  It’s also unique in that the coastal geology of this area is unlike any other on the Central Coast. We’ll climb Valencia Peak Jr, (about 900 ft up) to view the coastline from Avila to Cayucos, and search for marine fossils embedded[…]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 5: Back Bay to Breakwater @ Morro Bay Estuary

This camp is water exploration week, from Monday to Friday, we’ll be cruising Morro Bay by kayak.  We’ll explore the Chorro and Osos Creeks which deliver  freshwater to the estuary, and provide haul out sited for local harbor seals.  We’ll cruise the harbor mouth where salt water flows in with the rising tides, while observing the behavior of adult sea otters and their pups. We’ll explore the sand spit dunes and beaches on both sides.  Students will examine  local[…]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 4: Estero Bay Soup for Marine Scientists

This will be an Advanced Marine Science Field Biology camp for students who are really interested in marine biology, estuary ecology and animal behavior.  Field journals will be need for data collection and graphing, as well as for sketching, and  note taking about observations.  We will share and discuss our personal observations as well as the implications of the data we collect from our water quality testing. we will conduct a salt marsh transect cataloging[…]Read the Rest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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