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Advanced Coastal Geology

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by admin

img_1441Advanced 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 ftthen we’ll kayak the back bay creeks.  Day 3 it’s the iconic Cerro San Luis, at 1,292-ft. near the town center. Day 4: we’ll tackle Bishop Peak, probably the most popular for hiking.  At 1,559 feet, it provides the most rigorous hiking experience.  The final weeks’ challenge will be a road trip to Pinnacles National Monument to explore the talus caves within this amazing volcanic formation that has moved due to plate tectonics; some 320 miles North from its’ origins in what is now LA County.

Marine Science 3: Estuaries and Beyond

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by admin

Morro Bay Gumbo includes many other marine animals that are seen around the estuary.

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 the bay, and The Abalone Farm in Cayucos.

During “Belly Biology” (observing invertebrates living under the docks, while laying on your belly!) we’ll examine the invertebrates that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and the harbor mouth where the Sea otters hang out.  Students will learn to read tide charts, and will observe the effects of tide cycles on estuary life. On Friday’s we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a whale watching cruise to track humpback whales and other marine mammals. When we dock, we’ll grab some lunch at Giovanni’s on the Embarcadero.

 

 

Marine Science 2: Stone Soup (Coastal Geology)

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 by admin

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 on the western rim of “The Ring of Fire” where the majority of the earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and plate shifting occurs. For millions of years, the topography of California has been shaped and reshaped by glaciers, plate tectonics, volcanic activity, and earthquakes. 

 

In Montana de Oro State Park, we’ll explore wave-cut marine terraces, shale coves, and sand dunes, and climb 220,000 yr-old Valencia Peak; an uplifted marine terrace rising  1347 feet above the park.  We’ll explore Bishop’s Peak, one of the seven named volcanic plugs known locally as the “Seven Sisters”, and examine the pillow lava formations near Port San Luis.  We’ll explore the Oso Flaco Lake Dunes and the Pismo Dunes Reserve.  Field trips take us to Pinnacles National Monument near King City to explore the Talus caves, and we’ll also visit the “Earthquake Capital of the World” Parkfield, Calif.  On the way we’ll stop at the San Andreas Fault so students can explore the fault line up close and see the visible effects of fault activity.


 

Marine Science 1: Estuaries and Beyond

Posted on: February 8th, 2016 by admin

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 the bay, and The Abalone Farm in Cayucos.

During “Belly Biology” (observing invertebrates, while laying on your belly!) we’ll examine the invertebrates that make their homes underneath and discuss the adaptations that make their way of life possible. We’ll explore the salt marsh, examining halophytes (salt tolerant plants), the mudflats, and its inhabitants; like ghost shrimp, Navanax, and the arrow goby. We’ll explore the harbor mouth where the Sea otters hang out, and roam the breakwater rip rap searching for slugs, sea stars, urchins, and sea cucumbers.

Students will get a overview of Harbor Patrol operations, and equipment and learn to read tide charts, while observing the effects of tide cycles on estuary life. On Friday’s we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a whale watching cruise to track humpback whales and other marine mammals. When we dock, we’ll grab some lunch at Giovanni’s on the Embarcadero.