Whale Watching & Marine Science Education
“The youth of today is tomorrow’s future.” A phrase that is being repeated with more and more frequency especially when it comes to environmental education.
Our “hands on” approach to marine science education provides a brief yet comprehensive look into the marine environment within San Diego Bay through the eyes of “junior” and adult amateur marine biologists. All participants should expect to go home wet, slimy and muddy in typical fashion of a marine biologist working in the field!
Our instructional program, though set in basic structure, can be tailored to meet the needs of your specific group and age level (Grades 3 – Adult). We provide pre-trip information along with trip work packets.
Teachers, you can build a lead-in module prior to your trip along with follow up activities after the field trip. If you are going to utilize parent drivers to bring your class in, GET THE PARENTS INVOLVED!
The Marine Floating Classroom is also a great place for adult groups and children’s birthday parties. With prior planning we will design a fun marine education experience that will service your particular need.
The Marine Floating Classroom is a fun, educational, interactive field trip that your group will remember for a lifetime!
Marine Science Floating Lab
A Unique Learning Experience!
Students participate in teams as they manipulate oceanographic equipment, make observations, and gather data and specimens from the ocean waters and sea bottom of San Diego Bay. This study cruise program will
- Enable students to learn about oceanography with actual observations and experiences on the bay.
- Provide an opportunity to study marine organisms in their offshore habitat.
- increase the students content knowledge of the marine environment.
Half day cruises schedule
Trip 1 leaves at 8:30 am and Trip 2 leaves at 1:00pm
8:30 am or 1 pm – Students will be met by onboard instructors at the land end of the dock.
- Description of days activities
- Special Duty assignments to students
Boarding of boat and storage of student materials. Group assembly in the bow of the boat.
- Rules and regulations
- Plankton net instructions
- Secchi disc instruction
- Fore-ule color bar and sounding lead
9:00am or 1:30 pm – boat leaves dockside – 5mph speed limit
- Discussion of various vessel types and the anchorage
- Full speed movement to otter trawl locality – 15 knots
- Selection of 5 students for otter trawl crew and assignment of duties
9:10 am or 1:40pm - Movement of entire class to stern to observe setting of otter trawl
- Instructions for retrieval of the otter trawl
- Discussion of organisms from aquarium while trawl is finished
- Lining up of students for pulling in the net
- Retrieval of otter trawl
- Full speed movement to biological dredge locations (student snack time)
10 am or 2:30 pm - Setting dredge
- Instruction of mud grabber while dredge is down
- Lining up of students for dredge retrieval
- Pull dredge
- Discussion of organisms found in dredge
- Movement to bait receivers
10:30-12 pm or 3-4:30pm - Tie up a the bait receivers and snack break. Begin student rotation through work stations.
- Plankton net
- Plankton lab
- Secchi disc
- Observation of bird life
- Grab sampler
Clean up and recapitulation of data collected. Observation of Sea Lions “hauled out” on channel buoy.
12:30pm or 5pm - Return to dock
- Times will vary depending on weather condition
Twilight cruises run from 5:30pm to 9:30 pm except Fridays