A teacher's expedition in
This morning I was able to call in to my AP Environmental Science class. They were given a tour of the black soldier fly house, and the green house where the aquaponics and hydroponics tanks are!
Today when we left the dock to go kayaking I was not expecting to encounter sea lions just feet from me.
We paddled along a cliff's edge towards an island where a few sea lions were sunbathing.
The videos I recorded from the kayak!
One of the highlights of the day- watching the lobsters from the experimental tanks duke it out for a bivalve!
This Earthwatch expedition has been insanely inspiring. Snorkeling with Hall of Famer Lorreine has been a highlight in my career.
Every year I am challenged with- How can I get my students to truly care for our wild spaces (terrestrial and aquatic).
After the few days here, I have realized that the answer is simple: spending meaningful time in these spaces is the most impactful way to inspire conservation.
Carbon sequestration. Mitigation. Climate change.
These words are now becoming commonplace vernacular when describing ecosystems.
I was shocked today while speaking with the scientists here at the USC Wrigley Center for Environmental Studies.
Here's what I learned:
-seagrasses can seriously help mitigate climate change
-The Giant Kelp population is declining
How do we keep teachers inspired?
The answer is simple.
Give us opportunities to keep learning with experts in our subject.
Day 1 was inspiring, overwhelming, beautiful and exciting!
-toured the USC Wrigley Environmental Studies Research Center
-checked out the food waste compost system using FLIES!-----stay tuned for a separate post
-we took our first HABs sample - Harmful algal blooms
I left my hotel from San Pedro headed towards the USC dock at 7AM this morning! After a one and half hour boat ride, we arrived! Four teacher fellows- accompanied by leading conservation researchers. Stay tuned on my newest Laurax Adventure! I'll be blogging my experience throughout the next 8 incredible days!