Week 7: Marine Biology August 6-10, 2018

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Week 7: Marine Biology August 6-10, 2018

200.00

The unique biodiversity of the Puget Sound provides an ideal classroom that changes with the tides and seasons. During our marine biology and kayaking camp sessions, WaYa will teach kayaking basics and personal watercraft safety, enabling our kids to explore the best of the Olympia waterfront from a unique perspective. Pollution and climate change have an enormous impact on biodiversity worldwide. Some of these impacts can be seen in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in the South Puget Sound region. We will have a special session with an expert in southern resident killer whales describe the plight of these magnificent animals and how their survival is intimately tied to our actions. During both sessions campers will have an opportunity to learn about South Puget Sound’s marine biodiversity by traveling in kayaks. WaYa will provide basic safety and fundamentals of kayaking in near-shore conditions. Additionally, students will learn to design and engineer plankton nets, quads for biodiversity sampling, and analyze data back on-shore. By the end of the second session we will take a kayak journey to Anderson Island. During our visit, we will explore and identify organisms on and around the island, learn sampling techniques, and study marine phytoplankton. Campers will learn to identify organisms by their common name and their binomial name. They will also learn the phylum’s and classifications for each organism. Day to day course activities require the cooperation of weather and tidal condition.

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