Afternoon Ecology: Week 1, Huge eyes staring at small organisms

Plankton can easily be one of the smallest living organisms on earth (they can also be 120 feet long). Often overlooked, they play a major role at the bottom of the food chain. Plankton are plant-like or animal drifters that are only found in natural bodies of water, such as the ocean and our San Francisco Bay. They are a pivotal part of the ecology of the bay and add to the health of the habitats surrounding it. This week we had the first day of Afternoon Ecology at the Marine Science Institute where children, ages 7-11, learned first hand about these tiny creatures and their contribution to the ecosystem. We started the day by playing some interactive “name games” to introduce ourselves an

Making A Splash at Marine Science Camp

Each summer we are excited to welcome fresh faces to the Marine Science Camp family. We also eagerly greet returning campers .One third of the campers this summer also attended camp in 2015! The constant flow of both new and returning campers keeps us on our toes. We expand upon existing curricula each year, developing new activities and planning new field trips to keep the summer not only fresh for our returning campers, but also to reflect current developments and events within the marine science community. New this summer was an exciting overnight opportunity for our Naturalists. Campers spent Thursday night of their camp week at MSI with meals, activities and a fire pit session with s’mo

Next Generation Science Standards Collaboratives

At the beginning of the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) workshop, Dr. Gerald Lieberman asked who of us didn’t feel comfortable with or knowledgeable about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The majority of teachers in the room raised their hands. Before we joined the SMELC, I would have raised my hand, too. But when the Marine Science Institute was approached in early 2015 to join the collaborative, we saw it as an opportunity to get a head start and dive into the NGSS. The San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative is dedicated to educating teachers about the NGSS, helping them design units of study and connecting them with local nonformal environmental

Volunteering Takes the Helm, Marine Science Camp

This summer, I was the marine camp management intern. When I was in elementary and middle school, I came to camp here, and so it was an awesome experience to come back and learn about the other side of camp. Throughout the summer, I learned about how the camp is run and what goes into making a successful summer camp. I worked with the camp manager to create schedules so that up to nine groups of ​​campers would never run into each other. I also helped to prepare everything that would be needed for the summer camp to run, including binders with curriculum, as well as all the activities that would be used throughout the camp. Once camp began, I helped to make schedules for each day, make sure

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