Marsh and Beach Exploration
3rd and up
Meet Marine Science Institute at Pescadero State Beach for a guided, hands-on immersion into coastal habitats. During the Marsh and Beach Expedition students learn about the formation and importance of sandy beach and marsh ecosystems through the following two activities.
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Marsh and Beach Exploration Pricing:
2.5 hour program
Up to 30 students -- 2 instructors -- $480*
31 to 45 students -- 3 instructors -- $580*
46 to 60 students -- 4 instructors -- $680*
61 to 75 students -- 5 instructors -- $780*
*Sliding scale available depending on need
Through interactive and team-building activities, students learn about sand geology and how beaches are formed, they explore the wrack-line and collect trash as part of a discussion of beach pollution.
Students walk through the salt marsh using binoculars and field guides to identify native and non-native plants and beautiful bird species. While in the marsh, students discuss the habitat, its function, and the complex web of interdependence in this ecosystem. Students gain an appreciation for the outdoors and their connection to the habitat throughout this program and with a “sense-of-place” activity.
For a more in-depth experience, enjoy this field trip as part of a multiple-exposure Habitat Combo or Scientific Method program. These programs include additional in-class visits that emphasize themes, and provide opportunities for cross-cutting between concepts and building upon prior knowledge. Different grade restrictions may apply.