Exploring Morro Bay Estuary 3

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Exploring Morro Bay Estuary 3

280.00

June 25 - 29, 2018

Meet @ Moro Bay State Park Marina, Tidelands Park, or Harbor Patrol

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30 pm

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Exploring Morro Bay  Estuary June 25-29, 2018

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

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

Age 1st - 3rd 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.  A special activity planned for this week, is a Plankton Workshop/Lab at the Natural History Museum, led by Docent Karen Watts.

Karen Watts is the coordinator of the Saturday Scientist Program at the museum. During the lab, students will examine microscopic  plankton and other invertebrates using their own microscopes and learn to distinguish between zooplankton and phytoplankton. 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 permit, 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