Youth Nature Program - Ocean Depths to Tree Tops! | Kids Out and About San Francisco

Youth Nature Program - Ocean Depths to Tree Tops!


*The event has already taken place on this date: Thu, 11/12/2020
Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society and Ocean Wise for a journey from ocean depths to tree tops in a virtual youth club engaging youth on local habitats and how to get involved to help protect them! Explore the nature around us with art, activities, short presentations, Q&As and more! More info on what's covered in the registration link!

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From blobfish and plankton, to bats and berries. Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society and Ocean Wise for a journey from the depths of the ocean to tree tops in a virtual youth club engaging youth on local habitats and how to get involved to help protect them. We will explore nature around us through art, activities, short presentations, Q&A and more. What challenges do these ecosystems face? How can we use community science to make a difference? Find out on our journey through nature from home!

Geared toward ages 10-15, but other ages welcome! If child is younger, it is encouraged for an adult to assist child if needed.

 

Weekly Schedule: Offered Thursdays, October 15 - November 12th.

Morning Session

10:30 am -12:15 pm -

Welcome, Group Sharing, short solo activity, learning sessions from SPES and Ocean Wise, and an introduction into an optional activity to do in the afternoon!

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm -

Q&A session

 

After School Session

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm -

Welcome, Group Sharing, short solo activity, learning sessions from SPES and Ocean Wise, and an introduction into an optional activity to do in the afternoon!

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm -

Q&A session

 

Oct 15 Week 1 – Sea to Sky

We will explore the different spaces that plants and animals inhabit from sea to sky. First, we will swim through the different ocean zones, focusing on creatures of the deep sea and the adaptations that help them survive the challenges of ocean depths. As we reach the shoreline and step onto the land, we will discover the places that life is found, focusing on the only mammals to truly fly through our planet’s skies – bats!

Oct 22 Week 2 - Hidden Worlds

Dive into the ocean to explore the diversity of plankton and how these microscopic organisms support life in the ocean. As our journey continues, swim upstream to find out about tiny freshwater creatures hidden just beneath the water’s surface – freshwater macroinvertebrates. You will also learn how both ecosystems are impacted by pollution and microplastics.

Oct 29 Week 3 - Apex Predators

This week we’re getting close to nature’s large and in charge animals – apex predators! On land we will look up to the skies at bald eagles, the amazing predators of land, water, and tree tops. After, we will take a dip in the ocean to swim alongside sharks, the mysterious predators of the ocean. Find how you can help these animals find food just by paying attention to what you eat for dinner!

Nov 5 Week 4 – Where Water Meets Land

As we float toward the end of our week together, we will investigate the special spots where water meets land. In the forest, we will explore some of the plants and animals that rely on riparian zones, the areas where streams and rivers meet the land. Then, we will wade into the intertidal zone to learn more about this world that changes by the hour. These habitats are not only important to the organisms that live there, but can be crucial for overall ecosystem health, and are under many threats from human activities.

Nov 12 Week 5 - Helping Our Habitats

On our final day, we will reflect on the challenges that our world’s habitats are facing and the stresses that we put on natural ecosystems, like introduced species and climate change. In the ocean, we will explore the benefits eelgrass habitats provide and how we can protect it. Then, we will hop back on land to learn about the importance of native species in maintaining local biodiversity, and how you can help scientists by recording what you see with an app.


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Location:

ONLINE ONLY
Contact name: 
Daphne Austin
The event has already taken place on this date: 
11/12/2020
Time: 
10:30am-12:30pm PST, or 3:30pm-5:30pm PST
Price: 
$25 CAD per day per child

Ages

6-8 years 9-12 years Teenagers