California OFL Schedule of Activities



Countries: Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States

Hosted by the Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries
26 July – 9 August 2009

The main themes of Ocean for Life are sense of place, interconnectedness, and ocean conservation and stewardship.

Sense of Place: Developing a sense of place is a key concept in geography education that stimulates curiosity about the world and the world's diverse inhabitants and habitats, as well as about local, regional and global issues. Students will explore the fascinating ocean and coastal areas found within the national marine sanctuaries and draw comparisons with their own unique local and regional environments.

Interconnectedness: Understanding the connections between Earth's physical and human systems (on a variety of scales) is fundamental to comprehending how one's own physical and cultural aspects of place interrelate. Ocean for Life participants will learn about the interconnectedness of the world's ocean and understand that their local actions impact the ocean, no matter where they live.

Ocean Conservation and Stewardship: Raising awareness of the importance of resources in the ocean, the current issues facing those resources, the research being done to address those issues, and the role of marine sanctuaries in protecting those resources are all part of the ocean conservation and stewardship theme, introduced through the context of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Sun., 26 July 2009 — Travel Day for All Participants
Students Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Mon., 27 July 2009 - Wed., 29 July 2009 — Washington, D.C. Exploration
See the daily updates for the Washington, D.C. activities.

Thurs., 30 July 2009 — Participants Travel to California
Welcome and Field Study Orientation

Fri., 31 July 2009 — Field Exploration of San Francisco and Sunset Sail
Golden Gate Bridge, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, California Academy of Sciences, and Sausalito for Sunset Sail and Dinner

Sat., 1 August 2009 — Headlands Institute
Introduction to Cameras (Still—National Geographic / Video—American University), Marine Mammal Center, Supervised free time (Pickup soccer, basket ball games, visit to beach, etc.), and Cultural Sharing Evening Activities (HI Ocean and Culture Activity)

Sun., 2 August 2009 — Bay Kayaking Expedition
Kayaking Expedition, Youth Media Project Work, and Night Walk to Beach - view stars and bioluminescence

Mon., 3 August 2009 — Marine Explorations
Youth Media Project Work, Marine Science Institute Discovery Tour of Ecology Stations – Fish, Benthic and Plankton stations and GLOBE protocols (WQ, temp, air temp, salinity), and Ocean Film Festival (Movie Night)

Tues., 4 August 2009 — Hiking to see Northern Elephant Seals and Stewardship Project
Elephant Seal Colony Hike, Stewardship Project at the Beach and Youth Media Project Work

Wed., 5 August 2009 — Introduction to Monterey Bay
UC Santa Cruz, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Tour National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Long Marine Lab, Giant Squid and Common Market Dissection at NMFS, Redwood Forest, and Youth Media Project Work

Thurs., 6 August 2009 — Surf's Up, Stewardship Projects and Kayaking Adventure
Surfing Lessons, Picnic Lunch at Beach, Discussion: Marine Debris and The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Service Learning Project: Beach Clean-Up, Final Still Youth Media Project Presentation, Full Moon Kayak Tour

Fri., 7 August 2009 — Explorations in Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Cross-Cultural Sharing Evening Activities

Sat., 8 August 2009 —Youth Media Project Presentations
Video Youth Media Project Work and Presentations, Evaluation of Entire Field Study of California, and Beach Bonfire

Sun., 9 August 2009 — Participants Return to their Home Countries

One World, One Ocean
Enhancing Cultural Understanding through Ocean Science