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Program Summary

Our students use the North American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as a case study for pollinators to learn about the importance of protecting local habitats and open space in order to support healthy ecosystems in which plants can reproduce.

Stewardship Themes

Key themes of knowledge which help our students become impactful coastal citizens.

  • Water conservation
  • Native plant pollination
  • Watershed health

Field Trip

Our students visit local wetlands to participate in watershed education and native plant revegetation.

Academic Standards

  • Life Science
  • Reading
  • History
  • Social Science

Program Summary

Our students use the Eastern Pacific green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizii) as a case study to learn about the interconnectedness of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the importance of recycling and reducing plastic pollution to benefit the health of the marine environment.

Stewardship Themes

Key themes of knowledge which help our students become impactful coastal citizens..

  • Recycling
  • Waste Management
  • Avoiding Single-use Plastic

Field Trip

Our students visit local aquariums and sea turtle feeding and nesting sites to observe sea turtles and other native wildlife.

Academic Standards

  • Engineering Design
  • Life Science
  • Speaking & Listening
  • Writing

Program Summary

Our students use the California gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) as a case study to learn about the vast migrations of marine mammals and the importance of putting thought and careful consideration into seafood choices to protect marine resources for the future.

Stewardship Themes

Key themes of knowledge which help our students become impactful coastal citizens..

  • Sustainable seafood
  • Bycatch reduction
  • Responsible shipping

Field Trip

Our students attend whale watching excursions to observe migrating whales and learn from a diverse group of maritime experts.

Academic Standards

  • Earth & Human Activity
  • Math
  • Physical Science
  • Reading

Program Summary

Our students use the Western osprey (Pandion haliaetus) as a case study to learn about the vulnerability of coastal habitats due to climate change and overdevelopment and the importance of preventing habitat destruction for wildlife and humans.

Stewardship Themes

Key themes of knowledge which help our students become impactful coastal citizens..

  • Habitat conservation
  • Sustainable development
  • Climate change resilience

Field Trip

Our students participate in bird watching and habitat restoration at coastal natural areas under mentorship from park rangers and ecology experts.

Academic Standards

  • Engineering Design
  • English Language Arts
  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Math

Program Summary

Our students use the bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus) as a case study to learn about marine ecology and the critical role that sharks play in maintaining biodiversity and the health of our oceans, as well as to dispel fear of sharks.

Stewardship Themes

Key themes of knowledge which help our students become impactful coastal citizens..

  • Fisheries management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Preventing overfishing and finning

Field Trip

Our students visit local aquariums and marine science learning centers to observe sharks and interact with professional aquarists.

Academic Standards

  • Biodiversity and Humans
  • Ecosystems
  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Math

Knowledge Exchange

Children are most influenced by the opinions, actions, and values of other children. Thus a fundamental teaching aide is creating a constructive dialogue between children about environmental issues. We foster this meaningful dialogue by using migratory marine life to connect youth living over 1,000 miles apart on the Pacific migratory corridor through the Ocean Connectors Knowledge Exchange.

Impact

Ocean Connectors enhances student knowledge of marine science, environmental literacy, and conservation using case-study migratory species and related stewardship themes.

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