Session 4: Marine Biology--The Life Stories of Sea Creatures (July 17-21)
Crashing waves and salty air all around, sea gulls hanging in the onshore breeze, our marine biologists explore coastal tide-pools as harbor seas bob in the waves just beyond, follow the high tide line to collect evidence of the sea creatures that live below the waves, and let the cold Pacific water bury their feet in the sand. Each pod of children will investigate a variety of sea creatures that interest them, and create their life stories. As they research these organisms, many of them they will be able to see in person, they will document their behavior, find out what they eat, and how they fit into the marine food chain. All of our exploits will be spliced together to create a documentary of our outing that you will be able to view on our Facebook account.
• Monday--Pescadero Marsh and Beaches
• Tuesday--Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
• Wednesday—Bean Hollow
• Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
• Friday--Beaches of Half Moon Bay
Monday--Pescadero Marsh and Beaches. After a beautiful drive along the San Mateo coastline, we arrive at Pescadero Marsh and Beaches. We will explore the beach filled with shoals of shells, and build driftwood forts. This is the perfect day to begin telling our stories about the sea and the creatures that call it home.
Tuesday--Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay) Dipping our toes into the cold Pacific, children view the tide-line for shells, broken crab shells, and kelp. Balancing on rocks, our explorers peer keenly into the depths of the deepest tide-pools searching for scuttling sand crabs, illusive octopus, and magical sea anemones. Water shoes are necessary as we ramble over the rocks. We will later have time to begin writing about the aquatic world as our stories about the marine world begin to take shape.
Wednesday—Bean Hollow “Striding through cold water, the explorers trudged onward searching for creatures hidden beneath the rocks to stave off their hunger." Authors need settings to create fictional worlds. By going to a range of coastal environments, we practice how to write about different places making each one unique. A tide-pool acts as both a physical location as well as a way to think about analogies (comparisons). "A tide-pool is like a watery zoo. There are so many animals to explore and you need to come back many times to see it all."
Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse, a magnificent and tall lighthouse made out of more than a million bricks is the backdrop of our day along the craggy coastline. If we are lucky, we see pods of dolphins diving and jumping right off the coast, acrobatic sea lions, and industrious sea otters wrapped up on kelp. A perfect day for exploring the coastline, children will have time to write, draw, and explore this beautiful seascape.
Friday--Beaches of Half Moon Bay Blissful beaches are places of beauty and creativity. Children have time to look for shells, make forts complete with motes next to the stream flowing through the beach, and create intricate Goldworthy inspired art. After building driftwood forts, and decorating them, children will eat lunch. Children are allowed to bring Frisbees and kites. We will also have time to write on the beach after making a perfect chair dug out from sand.