Researchers and decision makers come together at a CTP workshop
Pick a couple of locations nearby to each other. Pack a lunch and make it a day trip. Keep track of where and what order on your camera each photo was taken as you go from site to site. Don’t forget to upload and tag them on flickr.
Pick a couple locations that have other activities going on. A good place to start would be China Camp or Rush Ranch. Both of these National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) sites have professionally led nature walks throughout the week as well as a visitor’s center. Pack a lunch, family, friends and the camera. Go hike and take some pictures while also learning about these beautiful protected areas and the wildlife they hold. Other locations near recreational parks such as the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the San Francisco Bay are also good places to go play for the day.
Combine science class with some fun photography!
- Interactive science project:Students sifting through a sediment sampleDevelop a short-term, hands-on project within your science curriculum that matches up with the winter king tide. Pick a monitoring location(s) to observe and take pictures before, during and after the king tides. Have your students observe the surrounding area, take notes on the physical environment, its condition, the wildlife within it etc. Have them draw or take pictures depending on your camera availability of the coast, tides, plants and wildlife. Have them present their findings to the class in a cool way (i.e. poster, song, lab report, powerpoint). You can also send us pictures and videos of the student presentations to add to our website. Don’t forget to upload the pictures to taken with their proper tag name to flikr!
- Long-term monitor:
Become a long-term monitoring school participant! Incorporate a king tides science project into the annual curriculum and adopt a location that your students will visit year after year. Let us know what site you want to monitor and we will make sure you get updates on tidal times and heights for your location each year.2012 REU students outside the Romberg Tiburon Center
Combine the two! Develop an interactive science project AND be a long-term monitor. Projects can range from tides, to wildlife, to ecosystem, to climate change. Put a different spin on the project each year, but still have your kids take pictures of the monitoring location and contribute to the data collection.