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Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by admin

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.

Marine Science 3: Marine Science Gumbo

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 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.

Advanced registration required

Natural History 2: Using Nature Skills for Advanced Field Study

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by admin

 

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 from tree and plant debris.

Water, Water, Water:  water purification methods.

Primitive Crafts: stone tools, bow drills, cordage making, and musical instruments.

Bird Language: learning to identify the “Five Voices of Ground Birds”.

Sketching, Journaling and Mapping: documenting observations and outdoor experiences.

June 23-27, 2014

Meet in San Luis Obispo locations, TBA

Registration Fee: $300.00 Full Week or $80.00/day  

 

 

Natural History 1A: Sensory Awareness and Nature Connections

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

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 “noise” of modern life, to expand their vision beyond the narrow confines of television, computers, and electronic devices.  Core Routines tap into what indigenous cultures call the “Original Instructions” which guide the way we interact with the natural world.  Nature awareness, requires that students use all their senses to gather information about the environment and its inhabitants.  Like the eyes of a newborn, students will re-learn how to notice everything!  Some Core Routines include:

Sit Spot: finding a special place where you can be comfortable sitting still, alone and quiet, before exploring the environment.

Story of the Day: After spending time in nature students share their individual stories about their experiences, either verbally, or by writing or drawing in a journal.

Expanding our Senses through Games:  Learning to use all their senses, to notice everything, and not simply relying on our dominant sense (sight).

Questioning and Tracking:  As wildlife “detectives”, students will learn to identify animal tracks.  We will constantly ask the questions: Who? What? When? Why? And How?

Animal Forms and Games:  Thinking like a bird or an animal; learning the movements and behavior of wildlife.  “Bodily learning by feel” the anatomy of animal movements through imitation and games.

Wandering: Unstructured exploration to heighten “place awareness” while developing an intimate relationship with the ecosystem.

Storytelling:  An ideal tool for beginning discussions about our relationship with the environment.

July 25-Aug 1, 2014   Meet @ Cuesta Canyon Park, San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Natural History 1:Sensory Awareness and Nature Connections

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

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 “noise” of modern life, to expand their vision beyond the narrow confines of television, computers, and electronic devices.  Core Routines tap into what indigenous cultures call the “Original Instructions” which guide the way we interact with the natural world.  Nature awareness, requires that students use all their senses to gather information about the environment and its inhabitants.  Like the eyes of a newborn, students will re-learn how to notice everything!  Some Core Routines include:

Sit Spot: finding a special place where you can be comfortable sitting still, alone and quiet, before exploring the environment.

Story of the Day: After spending time in nature students share their individual stories about their experiences, either verbally, or by writing or drawing in a journal.

Expanding our Senses through Games:  Learning to use all their senses, to notice everything, and not simply relying on our dominant sense (sight).

Questioning and Tracking:  As wildlife “detectives”, students will learn to identify animal tracks.  We will constantly ask the questions: Who? What? When? Why? And How?

Animal Forms and Games:  Thinking like a bird or an animal; learning the movements and behavior of wildlife.  “Bodily learning by feel” the anatomy of animal movements through imitation and games.

Wandering: Unstructured exploration to heighten “place awareness” while developing an intimate relationship with the ecosystem.

Storytelling:  An ideal tool for beginning discussions about our relationship with the environment.

June 16-20, 2014:  Cuesta Canyon Park, San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Registration Fee:  $300.00 full week or $80.00/day

Marine Science 2A: Coastal Geology and Intertidal Exploration

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

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 to distinguish between sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, and learn the processes involved in converting rocks from one type to another.

Intertidal Exploration

We will explore the park’s extensive intertidal zones searching for anemones, urchins, sea stars, shore crabs and a host of other organisms.  Students will observe the various adaptations that allow intertidal organisms to live in this turbulent and constantly changing habitat, and use field guides to identify them. Students will conduct census surveys by random sampling, then develop population profiles.  Students will use scientific sketching and journaling to document their observations.  We will also explore the interconnections between the biotic and abiotic components of intertidal ecosystems, by having students design and sketch their own intertidal food webs, focusing on how energy flows through the intertidal.  Games and marine related activities will help to reinforce their learning experience. 

 

Montana de Oro State Park, Spooner’s Cove

Aug 4-8, 2014

Registration Fee: $300.00 full week or $80.00/day

 

 

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

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

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 kits that incorporate seven key water quality tests, including pH, nitrate-nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, total alkalinity, turbidity, and temperature.  Students  will then analyze their data and develop relevant charts and graphs.
Registration Fee: $280.00

Marine Science 2: Coastal Geology and Intertidal Exploration

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

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 such as coastal topography, tide cycles, and human impacts might affect the distribution of keystone marine species.  Games and marine related activities will help to reinforce their learning experience. Students will also learn scientific sketching and journaling techniques, and hone their scientific observation skills. 

Registration Fee: $280.00

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

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by admin

 

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, students will catalog and profile various estuary invertebrates and other wildlife that frequent or inhabit the estuary.  Much of our 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!