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We guide students in inquiry-based investigations of our coastal environment while promoting team-based learning and scientific exploration.


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If you have specific day program needs that aren’t met by the options offered above, let us know. We are able to work in many locations and have activities that address many more science themes and standards.

Camp SEA Lab Outdoor School

Science, Education and Adventure for Students!

Camp SEA Lab’s goal is to provide hands-on marine science opportunities for students that encourage deeper understanding of our coasts and ocean. Our programs seek to both stimulate student interest in science and teach the importance of caring for the marine environment. To achieve this goal, our programs apply scientific practices of the Next Generation Science Standards while following the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Principles.

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Day Programs

Camp SEA Lab provides full one-day field experiences for grades 3-8 that are packed with exciting, hands-on marine science activities. We guide students in inquiry-based investigations of our coastal environment while promoting team-based learning and scientific exploration. The program cost includes event coordination, program support for teachers, field programs, instruction, and materials. Schools are responsible for arranging and providing transportation, chaperones, lunches, and student field notebooks. Day programs run from 9am-3pm, unless otherwise arranged. Please contact us for specific pricing.

Locations Offered

Pt Lobos State Natural Reserve (Carmel)

Tidepooling: Tides permitting, students spend a day learning about the rocky inter-tidal ecosystem, including adaptations, species diversity, and tidepool etiquette.

Coastal & Forest Hike: Students spend the full day exploring the Monterey Pine forest and the rocky coastline.

Asilomar Beach (Pacific Grove)

Tidepooling: Tides permitting, students spend a day learning about the rocky inter-tidal ecosystem, including adaptations, species diversity, and tidepool etiquette.

Sandy Beach: Students spend a day taking an in-depth look at the sandy beach ecosystem. Topics include shorebird adaptations, beach wrack, and tides and currents.

Marine Mammal Studies: Using our collection of pelts and skulls, students engage in hands on activities to learn about marine mammal adaptations for life in the sea.

Salinas River State Beach (Moss Landing)

Sand Crabbing: Tides permitting, students take an in-depth look at native sand crabs as they work with the scientific method and use survey techniques to collect population data.

Sandy Beach: Students spend a day taking an in-depth look at the sandy beach ecosystem. Topics include shorebird adaptations, beach wrack, and tides and currents.

Marine Mammal Studies: Using our collection of pelts and skulls, students engage in hands on activities to learn about marine mammal adaptations for life in the sea.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Watsonville)

Watershed Hike: Students take a day walk along the reserve trails and learn about the function and importance of wetlands and how humans impact coastal waterways.

Bird Studies: Includes a visit to the Barn Owl barn, bird watching observations and adaptations, and dissecting owl pellets.

Plankton Studies: Students collect a plankton sample and use the microscope lab to investigate the life found within in their sample.

There are many rich, learning opportunities around Monterey Bay. If you have specific day program needs that aren’t met by the options offered above, let us know. We are able to work in many locations and have activities that address many more science themes and standards.

Supervision

Schools need to provide 1 adult chaperone per every 10 students, in addition to 1 teacher for every 30 students. Chaperones aid the naturalists during teaching time, and are the primary supervisors during any snack or lunch meals.

Cost

Please contact us for current pricing. The cost includes supplies for programming, instruction, arrangement of all site logistics and implementation.


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To schedule a program, please visit School Program Request and complete the on-line form. You will be contacted as soon as possible for available openings.

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