We’re excited that you are coming to visit the science station! **Please complete #1-3 on this list before arriving.**
(Don’t forget to split your school group into 4 groups each day. If you’re bringing 4 classes a day, no need to do anything further. However, if you’re bringing 3 or 5 classes, you’ll need to split them up into 4 groups.)
2. Trip Preview: Watch the clip below for a preview of a school visit to the science station.
3. Trip Checklist: Go over important information with your students on what to bring and be prepared for:
- Bring: lunch, plenty of water, a change of clothes, a towel
- Wear: sunscreen, comfortable clothes that can get wet, water shoes (if doing field studies/kayaking)
- You are welcome to use the restrooms in the park to change at lunch time or before heading home.
- Closed-toe shoes that will get wet are a MUST if you are participating in Field Studies and/or Kayaking!
- No running, and your shoes must be on at all times. Sharp shells and prickly sand burrs can be everywhere and are no fun!
- In order to provide a safe experience, students may not swim at any time. For field studies, we will be wading in the water.
- Please do not feed the birds! They will take your lunch, poop everywhere, and bring their flock of friends to do the same.
- Field Studies and Kayaking are weather-dependent. Based on conditions and forecasts, we will determine the best scenario for the enjoyment and safety of your trip. We will substitute an alternate station if conditions are poor (too windy, rainy, cold, etc.).
- Please note: Your teacher team also has the option to opt for a different station, and must communicate this to our Program Coordinator prior to arriving (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Our Awesome Ocean: Watch the clip below for an awesome insight into why we need our ocean…and why it needs us too! (Video created by our Program Coordinator.)
For more on this, a matching infographic, and ways to help, click here.
Extended version (same content but slower paced than the one below – 7:12)
Faster paced version (3:45):
After the video, discuss what students were surprised by most, what they learned, and things they can do to help.
Optional Pre-Visit Activities (take your pick for more ocean fun!):
5. Divide the class into 4 groups, based on the 4 learning stations that you have selected for your visit. Have each group brainstorm a list about what they think they might learn or do at the station. They can think of questions that they want to ask too. Then, have each group share with the rest of the class what they think!
6. Sharks helping humans? Sharks are another example of how ocean creatures are making human lives better. You might be surprised at what we’ve gained from sharks! Research “Sharklet” and/or watch the video below to learn more:
5. (Pre- OR Post-Activity) Make a collage that shows why the ocean is important to YOU! Printed photos & magazine clippings can be used for a paper version, or if you’re high-tech, make a slideshow or use an app like Pic Collage to pull together a digital display.
7. (Pre- OR Post-Activity) Research rocks!
Option 1: Have each student research a sea creature of their choice. Find out where it lives, what it eats, how it moves, and other interesting facts. Share with the class, of course!
Option 2: Have groups of students research an ocean environment. Beyond sharing with the class, they can make a diorama or digital display to showcase the undersea terrain, animals, food web, and spectacular scenery of the ocean ecosystem.
Here are some ocean environments to choose from: coral reefs, kelp forests, deep sea, open ocean, estuaries, mangrove forests, sandy bottom, islands, polar seas.