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Aquatic Science 1: Draughts & Freshwater Ecosystems

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by admin

Freshwater Ecosystems Camp offer students an opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of the effects of the long-term draught 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.

Marine Science 4: Coastal Geology

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by admin


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

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by admin


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 2: Morro Bay Gumbo

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by admin

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: Exploring Morro Bay Estuary...and Beyond

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin


Marine Science 3: June 29 – July 3, 2015
Registration Fee: $230.00.  
Marine Science students will explore Morro Bay Estuary while gaining appreciation for the ecological importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  Marine science discussions will cover local marine birds, summer migrants, and we’ll visit the peregrine falcon’s 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.  Much of our marine science exploration will be from kayaks, allowing us to observe marine life at water level.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offers miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts. Well examine effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to understand how the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon effect tide cycles. Friday, we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a 2-3  hour whale watching cruise to track humpbacks, blue whales, and dolphins!
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