Tidepool Exploration & Adventure: 3 hours! Highly Recommended! In this 3 hour discovery session students will become rocky shore field biologists, observing the different species that live in the intertidal environment and learning about their intriguing adaptations to survive the crashing waves and tidal fluctuations. Students will also have a chance to investigate tidepool interactions and zonation. Along with the many different phyla and species students will discover, they will also be introduced to oceanography and the forces behind tidal change. CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2a, c; 6a; Sixth: 5b, c, d, e.
Algae Investigations: As a key habitat and food source for many of our coastal fish and inverts, algae is essential to our marine ecosystem. Students will get their hands wet identifying common species of algae off the California coast and creating algae art to take back to school for classroom ID and FUN. CA Science Standards: Fifth grade: 2a, e; Sixth: 5a, b; 6b, c
Marine Invertebrate Lab/Touch Tank: Students get an up close look at species found in our local tidepools as well as those just beyond our reach. This laboratory includes interaction with live animals from the phyla Echinodermata, Mollusca, Cnidaria and Arthropoda. Through hands-on activity, students will learn about classification, species identification and adaptations for life on the extreme rocky shores of California. This lesson is perfect to both prepare and reinforce what we see during tidepool exploration. Includes a new Tegula snail scientific method and behavior lab! CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2a, c, g; 6a; Sixth: 5b, c, d, e.
Plankton Party: 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 under the microscope and design and test their own planktonic organisms in a race to be the slowest sinker! * This program is a shorter, modified version of the Plankton & Popcorn evening program. CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2f, g, 3a, 6a, b, c, g; Sixth: 5a, b, c, d, e, 7a, b, c.
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.
Marine Mammals: Students will be introduced to the world of mammals and specifically to the awesome adaptations employed by those that live in our oceans. During this program, students will observe sea lion behavior through the spotting scope, experience the effects of blubber and handle real skulls, bones and pelts! CA Science Standards – Fifth: 2a, b, c; 6a; Sixth: 1b