Marine Ecology

In the Water…

Snorkeling through an underwater forest is an experience students will not soon forget. Each snorkel aims to increase the student’s confidence in the water while expanding their knowledge of the kelp forest and its inhabitants.

Ocean Orientation Snorkel

The first snorkel introduces students to snorkeling techniques as well as the marine ecosystems at Howlands Landing. The group will learn the finer points of putting on a wetsuit and getting fitted for a mask and fins. Instructors will help students of all swimming levels feel comfortable in the ocean environment. This snorkel will be the first opportunity for students to explore the wonders of the kelp forests.

Kelp Connections Snorkel

Our second snorkel focuses closely on the kelp bed community.  Students will observe an organism of their choice and learn how it is connected to others within the ecosystem.  These connections are discussed and expanded to include connections between the kelp bed ecosystem and human communities.

Adaptive Strategies Snorkel

Schools joining us for our five-day program will have the option of a third daytime snorkel.  This activity gives students the chance to explore a new underwater setting while becoming familiar with the behavioral and physical adaptations that aid in an organism’s survival.

Night Snorkel

Similar to exploring the nocturnal terrestrial community on the night hike, the night snorkel allows students to observe the nocturnal marine community.  With the help of underwater flashlights students are able shed light on a community they have likely not visited before.  This experience is often the highlight of many student’s visit to CELP.

On the Water

Kayak Adventure

Explore the wonders of the island while paddling a sit-on-top kayak. Students will have the opportunity to view both the kelp forest and terrestrial ecosystems from a new perspective. Instructors share stories of the island while pointing out coastal plant and animal life.

From the Shore

Shoreline Investigation

Where the land meets the sea.
Students examine the organisms found in the intertidal zone and learn about the adaptations that help them survive in this constantly changing environment.

The Hidden Life of the Kelp Forest: Microscope Lab

Using our video microscope laboratory, students get an up-close look at the microscopic creatures that live in the kelp forest. Students witness how these fascinating organisms, although small, provide invaluable services to the kelp forest community.
Kelp Forest Slide Show

Both informative and entertaining, the slide show highlights some of the key marine organisms found in our cove. Students learn about marine food webs and hear stories of the many roles and relationships found within the kelp forest.

Resources Coming Soon!

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