First Day of Ocean Explorers
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This online, after school program investigates marine science through the world of marine mammals. Over the course of four different sessions, children learn about a diversity of marine mammals, their adaptations, and what they do to make a living under the sea. Kids take an in depth look at an example species each session through live chats, videos, presentations, interactive activities and/or crafts. All sessions are tied together with an overarching theme of ocean interconnectivity, conservation, and ocean stewardship. Additionally, each session, kids will get the opportunity to hear about the current patients we have at the center and how they are doing!
The program is hosted by enthusiastic and engaging instructors who will lead your child through interactive activities. No parent assistance is needed during the program! The program comes with a kit that includes supplies needed for the program.
Discover your favorite marine mammals that call the coast their home! Whether you are near or far from the coastal shores, join us online to explore the rocky shores, shallow waters and thriving life that the coast has to offer. Explorers will investigate sea turtle habitats, recognize the calls of Spotted dolphins, uncover the diets of Stellar sea lions, and the behaviors of spinner dolphins all while learning how we can protect our coastal creatures!
Session I: Sea Turtles- Follow these ancient creatures through their life from hatchlings to adults! Explorers will learn about the 7 different species of sea turtles, their adaptations and habitat, as well as actions that can protect them. In this session, explorers will get crafty by creating their own turtle and habitat.
Session II: Spinner Dolphins- Spinner dolphins are known for their aerial displays and catching the waves from surrounding boats, but did you know their behaviors change during the night to feed? Explore the life of Spinner dolphins and create a PSA to encourage others to protect this species!
Session III: Stellar Sea Lions- Discover amazing facts about the largest of the sea lion species and how researchers are studying these animals and the food they eat! Explorers will investigate and document their findings, just like a marine mammal scientist.
Session IV: Spotted Dolphins- Can you identify a Spotted dolphin by its vocalizations? Listen closely as you learn about the clicks and buzzes of cetaceans. Spotted dolphins are social mammals, learning from others and traveling in pods by the hundreds. Explorers will etch a dolphin and race
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