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Freshwater Ecosystems Camp offer students an opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of the effects of the long-term drought on regional plant life and animal life. We will explore various freshwater habitats around the county including, Stenner Creek, San Luis Obispo Creek, and Laguna Lake Oso Flaco Lake, and Chorro Creek.
Oh yes there will always be time for just playing in the water
Students will learn the natural components of riparian ecosystems, and learn to identify riparian plants, and invertebrates, and to use tracking methods and wildlife observations to identify the various birds, mammals, and reptiles that frequent these habitats.
Students will collect and study freshwater invertebrates. Learn how natural balances are maintained in streams. Students will learn water quality monitoring techniques that include key water quality tests, including pH, nitrate-nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, total alkalinity, turbidity, and temperature.
Coastal geology week offers students an opportunity to explore various local geological sites, such the Monterey Shale formations around Valencia Peak, Bishop’s Peak (one of seven volcanic plugs which includes Morro Rock) coastal dunes and marine terraces in Montana de Oro and Morro Bay Estuary. We will also be visiting Oso Flaco Lake again this year. Students will observe how forces within the Earth initiated volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and moved entire continental plates, and how those events have shaped California’s coastline and coastal mountain ranges. Students will also search for marine fossils among the uplifted marine terraces of Montana de Oro and the shale beds @ Lopez Lake.
Marine Science 1: Morro Bay Gumbo
June 15 – 18, 2015; (8:30am-4:30pm)
Registration Fee: $200.00
Age: 6 and above
We will explore the extensive intertidal zones of Morro Bay searching for marine life among the rocks. Students will have kayak scavenger hunts, looking for different marine invertebrates along the docks and piers. We will explore the dunes on the Morro Bay Sand Spit, visit an oyster farm, ride a trolley, and visit the Natural History Museum, the Morro Bay National Estuary exhibits, and the Marine Mammal Rescue Center. On Thursday morning, we will close out the week on a whale watching cruise; to search for humpbacks, dolphins, and other marine mammals. We’ll have lunch on the Embarcadero on Thursday as well, and do some “belly biology” on the Harbor Patrol pier. There may even be time for saltwater taffy just to sweeten the deal a bit. All in all a very full 4 days of adventure and exploration!
** Suggested clothing and food: Water shoes or sandals, hats, sunscreen, at least 2 changes of clothing, 2X the normal amount of food used for school lunches (they burn lots of calories), backpacks are also a good idea, and Water bottles. I provide morning and afternoon snacks, and also carry extra water for students.
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 to search for humpbacks!.
Advanced registration required
Marine Science 3: Estuaries and Beyond
June 29 – July 3, 2015
Age 6yrs and above
Registration Fee: $230.00.