Session Descriptions 2015
Something’s Fishy (ages 7-8)
Explore the wonderful world of fish, from sharks to surf perch, during this fun-filled week of Ocean Explorers. Investigate the habitats and adaptations of fish from the streams to the sea as we muck around the creek at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and enjoy fishy fun and games at Natural Bridges State Beach. At the lab, work alongside our Aquarium Curator to learn how we take care of our fishy friends here at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Then, assume the role of a scientist when you select your favorite fish in our aquarium to study all week long. We’ll also explore the amazing diversity of fish with fish printing, a tidepooling adventure, and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Marine Science for Girls
Explorers spend an exciting week at the lab and in the field. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how scientists and trainers do research with Long Marine Lab’s marine mammals. Girls will spend two days working with seals, sea lions, and dolphins alongside the lab’s experts. Later in the week, we’ll travel south to experience the beautiful Big Sur coast after a morning of hiking and exploration at Point Lobos State Reserve. Thursday afternoon we’ll arrive in Big Sur where we’ll set-up camp and swim in the river before settling down for a great night of story telling, star gazing, and camping at Riverside Campground. Finally, wrap up a great week of fun with a kayak adventure on the Monterey Bay. Please note: Participants need to supply their own sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Restroom facilities, including showers, are available at Riverside Campground.
Masterful Marine Mammals (ages 9-11 and 12-14)
Discover how marine mammals are adapted for life in the sea and how research at Long Marine Lab is contributing to the conservation of dolphins, seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Explorers will gain first-hand experience in marine mammal training and animal care techniques. Work with researchers and trainers to learn about Long Marine Lab’s amazing marine mammals: Taylor (southern sea otter), Rio and Ronan (California sea lions), Puka and Primo (Atlantic bottlenose dolphins), Tunu and Amak (spotted seals), and Sprouts (harbor seal). All participants will set out on the Monterey Bay by kayak to observe behaviors of marine mammals and other kelp forest critters.
Fees include all transportation and field excursion costs. Children bring their own lunches and snacks.