Summer marine camp has been a popular feature of our programming for many years. Marine camp began in 1999 with 28 campers, and has grown to over 1,000 students per summer. Throughout the years we have been happy to explore new activities and techniques that bring young scientists into contact with nature. Here I would like to offer a sneak peak into a new field trip for our San Francisco Bay Explorer camps.
The SF Bay Explorers (grades 2-5) will be learning all about the Bay’s habitats and organisms at our site, on our boat, and on two field trips to explore different ecosystems. One of these new field trips will be to Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda. This East Bay Park is a Marine Protected Area, and is California’s first estuarine protected area. It features exciting, interactive displays and an 800-gallon aquarium, and access to a unique outdoor learning experience. Students will be guided by docents as they tour these exhibits and go for a “dive” in Crab Cove’s Old Wharf Classroom, which presents a stunning cross-section of the Bay. They will also have an opportunity to explore this beautiful estuary reserve with experienced science educators. We are excited for this new partnership with Crab Cove, and look forward to connecting our campers with local habitats, organisms and the role they play in this ecosystem.
You can visit Crab Cove Visitor Center too! For more information, visit their site: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/vc/crab_cove
Check back on this blog for more Summer Camp sneak peaks at new curriculum and field trips!
There are still spaces left–don’t miss out! Visit our camp page and sign up soon.
Felicia Van Stolk
Marine Camp Manager