Explore My Marine Protected Areas Youth Programs

Floating Laboratories

Be a scientist for a day and participate in a boat-based research trip to the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve.

The Floating Laboratory is a boat-based community science experience that involves taking students out into San Diego County marine protected areas (MPAs) on board a chartered ship to collect data in an MPA.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a real, hands-on research project such as:
-Water quality monitoring
-Plankton monitoring
-Human use surveys
-Biodiversity monitoring using an underwater rover (ROV)

Grades: 8-12
Group Size: Up to 30
Duration: 3 Hours
Location: Mission Bay/South La Jolla

Contact: lisa@wildcoast.org

Shoreline Laboratories

Join WILDCOAST researchers for a full day of immersive activities in the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve.

The Shoreline Laboratory is a community science experience that involves showing the students scientific research in action through a full day, immersive experience at the beach.

Students will have the opportunity to:
-Meet with researchers during a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
-Collect data for an ongoing MPA monitoring project
-Experience an MPA first-hand during a guided kayak tour of Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve

Grades: 6-12
Group Size: Up to 20
Duration: 6 Hours
Location: La Jolla Shores Area

Contact: lisa@wildcoast.org

WILDCOAST also offers classroom presentations, activities, assemblies, virtual programs, and other field trip opportunities!

E-mail lisa@wildcoast.org

More Resources

Looking for lessons and activities you can do in the classroom?
Check out WILDCOAST's Outreach Toolkit!

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To Book a Trip or for More Information

E-mail lisa@wildcoast.org