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Afternoon Ecology is an "afterschool" educational program designed to foster the natural curiosity of young minds. Students learn about local habitats around the San Francisco Bay while working in a team with their peers. Over the course of each session, students will use real scientific equipment to catch animals and collect data in a fun and exciting way. The Marine Science Institute offers three sessions during the year (Fall, Winter, and Spring), each with a unique theme. These sessions may be taken independently, or as part of a year-long educational series.
Afternoon Ecology Pricing:
Mondays – 3:30pm-5:00pm, Ages 6-10
Six 1.5hr classes - $150 per student
*Cancellation Policy: There will be a $25 processing fee for cancellations completed 2 weeks prior to the start of program. Cancellations within 2 weeks are non-refundable.
Fall 2019 Session: Animals - Bay vs. Ocean
Sep 23 - Oct 28
Students will interact with and learn about the animals that live in the San Francisco Bay Estuary and local Pacific Ocean habitats. They will have the opportunity to use real scientific equipment to catch and handle live animals as they make comparisons between the bay and ocean animals’ adaptations. Students will be using teamwork to cooperate in small groups, and record their favorite animals and fascinating facts in their log books each week.
Winter 2020 Session: Bay Area Ecosystems
Jan 13– Mar 2
Students will explore the many different ecosystems that are found in their own backyard around the San Francisco Bay Area. Each day, students will learn about a different local ecosystem by participating in activities and interacting with animals from that habitat. Students will be using teamwork to cooperate in small groups, and record their favorite animals and fascinating facts in their log books each week.
*No classes will be held on January 21 (Martin Luther King Day) and February 19
Spring 2020 Session: Marine Science Exploration
Apr 6 – May 11
Students will learn about the tools that marine scientists use in the field to gather information and conduct surveys. As junior scientists, they will gain confidence in using scientific equipment as they catch animals, take data, care for animals in our aquarium, and dissect a squid. Students will be using teamwork to cooperate in small groups, and record their favorite animals and fascinating facts in their log books each week.