Seaside Safari (ages 7-8)
Join us for an adventurous week of field trips, hands-on activities, crafts and fun as we explore the amazing world of life between the tides! Go tide pooling to learn how amazing critters like crabs, sea stars, and sea anemones are adapted to life in the sea. Explore local sandy beaches to find clues about mysterious animals for the depths and dig for sand crabs along the shore at Natural Bridges State Beach. At Elkhorn Slough look for creatures that make the mud their home, and get a chance to observe plankton under the microscope! Back at the lab, investigate your favorite tide pool animals, and work alongside our Aquarium Curator to learn how we take care of our incredible friends from the sea.
Marine Science for Girls (ages 9-11)
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: Morgan and Charlie (southern sea otters), 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.