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Marine Science 4: Marine Science Gumbo 2 | hiking,intertidal,ecology,marine science,outdoor school,education,summercamps

Recommended Age: kindergarten and above

Location: Morro Bay State Park Marina

Another amazing marine science week with kayaking, birding, dune exploration, whale watching and lots of time for play. We’ll  also take a trolley ride around the bay, and go on a kayak scavenger hunt for invertebrates. We’ll of course have “belly biology, and we’ll hike a few hills.

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Marine Science 3: Marine Science Gumbo

Recommended Age: Kindergarten and above

Location: Morro Bay State Park Marina

Marine Science Gumbo is just that!. A combination of kayaking, dune and beach exploration tracking dolphins on the sand spit beach. During  belly biology on the docks, we’ll search for nudibranchs, anemones, kelp crabs and other marine invertebrates. We’ll kayak up the creeks of the salt marsh  and explore the back bay. We’ll visit an oyster farm, and take Trolley ride on the Embarcadero, We’ll cap the weeks activities with a whale watching cruise. Advanced registration required

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Natural History 2: Using Nature Skills for Advanced Field Study

Recommended Age: 6 and above

Location: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, Ca

  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

Recommended Age: 6 and above

Location: Cuesta Canyon Park, San Luis Obispo, Ca.

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

Recommended Age: 6 and above

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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

Recommended Age: 6 and above

Location: Meet @ Montana de Oro State Park

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

Recommended Age: 7 years and over

Location: Morro Bay State Park Marina

Using standardized research methods developed by The Stroud Water Research Center and LaMotte, students will collect and study freshwater macroinvertebrates from local creeks, and learn to identify keystone species and riparian plants.  We will explore the complex relationship between the health of stream-side forests and stream life, and discuss the processes that help maintain natural balances in streams. Students will develop models of riparian food webs, and investigate the impact of human behavior on these habitats.  Students will collect and test water samples, using water quality monitoring[…]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 2: Coastal Geology and Intertidal Exploration

Recommended Age: 6 years and above

Location: Montana de Oro State Park

Marine Science 2a: Intertidal Ecology This marine science course gives students real field research experience in tide-pool monitoring, using established scientific data collection methods and  guidelines developed for the LimPETs (Long Term Monitoring and Experiential Training for Students) program.  This type of monitoring program is currently being used by scientists and volunteers within the Monterey Bay Sanctuary to assess the health of coastal intertidal zones.  Students will collect data on species diversity, population density, and species distribution.  We will also look at how factors[…]Read the Rest…

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Marine Science 1: Exploring Morro Bay Estuary...and Beyond

Recommended Age: 6 yrs and above

Location: Morro Bay State Park Marina

  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…