Meet us at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Watsonville for a day full of wildlife exploration. This beautiful estuary is home to many marine mammals, fish, native plants, and birds. Activity options at this site include:
- Watershed Hike: Students explore the visitor center, take a walk through the reserve, and engage in activities to learn about the function of watersheds and how humans impact coastal waterways.
- Watershed Model: Students design and build their own model of a watershed, exploring the intricate connections between land and sea. While testing their models, students evaluate the simulated effects of various human impacts on their models and propose solutions to common issues threatening numerous California Watersheds.
- Plankton Studies: Students discuss the importance of plankton and use the microscope lab to investigate a local plankton sample. Students also learn about plankton adaptations in a hands-on “Plankton Race.”
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.