Exploring Morro Bay Estuary 1: June 17- 21, 2019

Maximum students: 7

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Enrollment Fee: $280.00

Meet @ Morro Bay State Park Marina, Tidelands Park, and Morro Bay Harbor Patrol

Age 1st - 4th grade

Students will explore Morro Bay Estuary to gain an appreciation for the importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  We’ll observe the behavior of 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.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and  kayak to the Sandspit to explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offer miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts for sea hares sea slugs and other invertebrates. Students will observe the effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to predict high and low tides times.  Students will also get a great orientation on Harbor Patrol activities and get a chance to cruise the harbor on a Harbor Patrol boat. If scheduling permits. We will also participate in a Watershed Workshop at the Morro Bay National Estuary Program Office on the Embarcadero.

We'll cap off the week with ice cream at Sun n' Buns and lunch at Giovanni's

Exploring Morro Bay Estuary 2: June 24-28, 2019

Maximum Students: 10

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Enrollment Fee: $280.00

Meet @ Morro Bay State Park Marina, Tidelands Park, and Morro Bay Harbor Patrol

Age 1st - 4th grade

Students will explore Morro Bay Estuary to gain an appreciation for the importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  We’ll observe the behavior of 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.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and  kayak to the Sandspit to explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offer miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts for sea hares sea slugs and other invertebrates. Students will observe the effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to predict high and low tides times.  Students will also get a great orientation on Harbor Patrol activities and get a chance to cruise the harbor on a Harbor Patrol boat. If scheduling permits. We will also participate in a Watershed Workshop at the Morro Bay National Estuary Program Office on the Embarcadero.

We'll cap off the week with ice cream at Sun n' Buns and lunch at Giovanni's

Marine Science Gumbo 1:  June 24-28, 2019   

Age: 5th grade and above grade

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Enrollment Fee: $320.00

Maximum Enrollment: 7

Meet @ Morro Bay State Park Marina across from Morro Bay State Park Campground

We will explore the inter-tidal zones of Morro Bay, and Estero Bay, searching for life among the rocks.  We’ll have kayak scavenger hunts, looking for marine invertebrates under the docks and piers.   We’ll also explore the sandspit and dune systems around Estero Bay that offer great opportunities for rolling and tumbling in the sand. We will have hands on marine labs and activities designed to enhance student understanding of biological  interactions in marine ecosystems  We will also explore the human impact on marine ecosystems with a field study on plastic debris.  The upper division group will close out the week by going on a whale watching cruise to search for humpbacks and other marine mammals..

Marine Science Gumbo 2: July 15-19, 2019

We will explore intertidal zones searching for life among the rocks.  We’ll have kayak scavenger hunts, looking for marine invertebrates under the docks and piers.   We’ll also explore the sandspit and dune systems around Estero Bay that offer great opportunities for rolling and tumbling in the sand. We will have hands on marine labs and activities designed to enhance student understanding of biological interactions in marine ecosystems  We will also explore the human impact on marine ecosystems with a field study on plastic debris.  We will close out the week by going on a whale watching cruise to search for humpbacks and other marine mammals. 

MAXIMUM STUDENTS: 15

ENROLLMENT FEE: $320.00

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

AGES: 3RD GRADE AND ABOVE

Gone Fishing July 8 - 12, 2019

Maximum Students 7

Ages: 7 and above

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

WE WILL BE FISHING FROM LOCAL PIERS IN MORRO BAY THE FIRST 3 DAYS AND GOING ON A DEEP SEA ANGLING TOUR ON THE 5TH O JULY. THE COST OF THE 1 DAY SPORT FISHING LICENCE FOR DEEP SEA TRIP IS INCLUDED IN THE ENROLLMENT FEE.

Meeting @ Morro Bay and Avila. Exact locations will be communicated daily.

Exploring Freshwater Creeks and Riparian Ecosystems: July 8-12, 2019

Young scientists and explorers will have an opportunity to investigate and explore local creeks and lakes, learning about riparian (river) ecosystems including macro-invertebrates, insects, crayfish, and various riparian plants. Students will come to appreciate the importance of these habitats and the role they play specifically on the Central Coast. Students will perform basic water quality tests similar to what would be done with a home aquarium. Students will learn how water temperature, movement, and creek substrate affect the types of of organisms you see in specific areas. They will learn about the importance of watersheds and, they will spend considerable time just EXPLORING.

Maximum Students 10

Age range 1st - 4th grade

Enrollment Fee: $280.00

Meet@ Santa Rosa Park, Cuesta Canyon Park, El Chorro Regional Park,and Laguna Lake

Oak Woodland, Pine, and Redwood Forest Ecology: July 15-19, 2019

STUDENTS WILL STRENGTHEN OBSERVATION SKILLS WHILE CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY’S OAK WOODLAND, PINE FOREST, AND CHAPARRAL ECOSYSTEMS. ON THE JULY 11TH-12TH WE WILL CAMP OUT IN AND EXPLORE THE REDWOODS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. STUDENTS MAY FOCUS ON TOPICS SUCH AS ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL PATTERNS OR SYMBIOSIS WHILE EXPLORING PLANT AND ANIMAL COMMUNITIES. FIELD SKETCHING, JOURNAL WRITING AND DATA COLLECTION, WILL BE INTEGRAL TO OUR FIELD STUDIES.

MAXIMUM STUDENTS: 7

AGE RANGE 6TH GRADE AND ABOVE

ENROLLMENT FEE: $360.00

MEET @ SANTA ROSA PARK, SAN LUIS OBISPOashed Ashore or Left Behind, Beach Detectives and Plastic Trash Artists:

Washed Ashore or Left Behind: Beach Detectives and Plastic Artists: July 22-26 2109

This week young scientists will take part in a “citizen science” project involving collecting and categorizing beach litter. it is modeled after ecoslo’s “ beachKeeper” program. Our students will collect non-lethal beach litter using trash pickers and glove, they will then sort, categorize, and weigh the litter, and the data will be recording and entered into a computer database, Small pieces of plastic litter will be saved for use in art projects that carry a message about environmental stewardship. There will also be time for exploration and scavenger hunts.

Maximum students: 15

Age range: 2rd grade and above

enrollment fe: $280.00

Meeting location To be announced

Chaparral and Fire; Exploring California’s Largest Ecosystem: July 29-Aug 2, 2019

Chaparral covers much of California,it is the dominant ecosystem in the state. it is poorly understood,often considered a nuisance, blamed for extensive residential fires damage, and encroached upon steadily by housing development. The Chaparral was home to the Grizzly, now extinct in California. it is still home to an astounding number of native plants, insects, trees, shrubs, birds, mammals and reptiles. several plant and animal species are found only in chaparral ecosystems. Thirteen of the state’s fifteen manzanita species are found in this county. The plants of the chaparral are historically adapted to a natural fire cycle, but the natural cycle is disrupted by the frequency of fires we currently experience. Students will go on an adventure back in time to california’s early history by exploring the land as the people did 500 years ago. Observation skills will be honed as student develop outdoor eyes, while developing regional nature awareness. although species identification will be woven into the experience, the emphasis will be on regional nature awareness, understanding natural cycles, and the chaparral’s natural relationship with fire.

Ages: 6th grade and above

Enrollment fee: $300.00

maximum students: 10