BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES?
5 WAYS AQUARIUM OF THE BAY MAKES IT MORE EXCITING
Aquarium of the Bay Provides Conservation Education to Students Around the Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 17, 2015 – For most students, the beginning of the school year means sitting behind a desk and staring at a chalkboard. But for students across the Bay Area, there’s hope, thanks to a variety of free programs offered by Aquarium of the Bay. With these science-based learning experiences, students and teachers can pick a day to trade in the chalk for sea stars and baby trout, boat rides and plankton trawls. The summer heat just got cooler!
Aquarium of the Bay’s programs help start conversations about important subjects like climate change, marine debris and plastic pollution, and sustainable seafood, among other conservation related issues. These programs allow students K-12 to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through firsthand exploration, making the learning experience unique, exciting, and most importantly, memorable. Each year, more than 25,000 Bay Area school kids, teachers, and chaperones are learning – and retaining – valuable lessons about their role in the health of natural ecosystems with the help of animal ambassadors and trained Aquarium Naturalists. Even better, all programs are aligned to the California State Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and include STEM and conservation education activities.
Take a look at these 5 ways Aquarium of the Bay is making back to school more enjoyable:
Aquarium Exploration Tours – Experience a different kind of school when you explore beneath the Bay with sharks, bat rays, and swirling schools of anchovies. Students embark on a guided tour through the Aquarium’s galleries, participating in scientific observation and exploration, all while learning about ways they can help protect the Bay and the animals that call it home.
Discover the Bay – Steady your sea legs for this unique learning opportunity on the Bay. This program lets 5th-8th grade students travel aboard the nation’s first Hybrid Ferry – a boat that uses energy from solar and wind power – for a hands-on introduction to how experts measure the health of a marine environment. Students learn about ocean chemistry (drawing water samples to measure salinity, density, and turbidity), watersheds, hybrid energy, and how to make scientific observations.
BayMobile – If you can’t come to the Aquarium, the Aquarium will come to you! The BayMobile is a mobile classroom that brings live animal ambassadors – like sea stars, turtles, and snakes – and hands-on experiments to schools around the Bay Area, making climate change tangible and easy to understand for all K-12 age groups. The BayMobile inspires students to be passionate about the environment and the animals impacted by climate change.
Project WATERS – Turn your 5th-8th-grade classroom into your own aquarium with Project WATERS. Project WATERS allows students to raise trout from eggs into young fish within their own classroom, and then take a field trip to release them into Lake Merced. This program is enriched by additional experiences provided by Aquarium of the Bay, and helps students learn about the value of aquatic environments and how their own actions can affect our natural resources.
Sea Lion Center Programs – If fish aren’t your thing, try a class from the Aquarium’s sister organization, the Sea Lion Center. The Sea Lion Center is located on PIER 39 right next to San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions and has a dedicated classroom space where students can practice their scientific skills and get involved with interactive, hands-on activities. Experience this unique learning environment, where a colony of playful sea lions are romping right outside.
For more information about Aquarium of the Bay’s and the Sea Lion Center’s education programs, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org/teachers.
About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Located next to the iconic San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to nearly 30,000 animals found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.