Night Adaptations: During this evening program students will become creatures of the night. Students will discover many of the challenges and some of the extraordinary solutions that nocturnal animals have developed to be successful in the dark. This class culminates with a sensory exploration of our forest in the dark! CA Science Standards – Fifth: 6a; Sixth: 4b.
Crepuscular Avengers Option – This is an active predator-prey tag game played by students and chaperones during the dusk hour. A shortened version of the night walk takes place afterwards.
Squid Dissection: In this exciting lab, students will investigate the intriguing life history and amazing anatomy of the Pacific Squid, Loligo opalescens, through cephalopod stories, molluscan games and hands-on dissection! CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2a, b, c; Sixth: 2b.
Native Skills w/Special Presenter: This is a unique night program presented by our “Primitive Skills Expert”, Joe Dabill. During the evening, Joe will introduce students to the native peoples who inhabited the central California coast and their way of life. Joe’s authenticity and skill of recreating native tools from natural resources is remarkable and will capture your students’ attention right away. Students will also get a chance to throw the atlatl, make their own fire and craft abalone beads with a hand drill. CA Standards – Fifth: 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5. 3.2, 5.3.4; Sixth: 6a, b, c; Social Science Standards: 6.1.1, 6.1.2.
New! Plankton and Popcorn: In this lab, students will be introduced to both phytoplankton and zooplankton, with special attention will paid to their ecological importance as the base of the marine food web and as one of earth’s major oxygen producers. Students will view plankton specimens on the big screen while enjoying a classic, crunchy movie treat! Students will play meroplankton match-up, experiment with a variety of food web activities, design and test their own planktonic organisms in a race to be the slowest sinker and graph their results! *Students can make their own take home plankton net upon advanced request. CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2f, g, 3a, 6a, b, c, g; Sixth: 5a, b, c, d, e, 7a, b, c.
New! Ocean Acidification Lab: Fundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the world’s oceans, making shell and coral formation an increasing challenge. Concepts of pH, carbon dioxide emission and ocean processes will be introduced and related to marine invertebrate shell formation and the ocean food web. Students will become scientists as they make their own pH indicators, state hypotheses and test their ideas using local abalone shells. CA Science Standards – Fifth: 1a, g, 2f, g, 3a, 6b, d, g; Sixth: 7a, b, c, e.
Environmental Forum: Students take on the role of stakeholders and “debate” their position regarding current environmental topics.
Campfire: What is camp without the campfire?! This important bonding experience can be a night of skits, songs, stories, s’mores or all of the above. COP naturalists can put on a spectacular show but active audience participation is a must and student skits are always encouraged (skits must be approved by adult chaperones!) An all group campfire is a great way to begin or end your week here at camp.
New! Science Camp Scavenger Hunt: This is a great culminating activity for the end of the week. It is highly customizable and can be scheduled during the day or evening.