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Speakers and Assemblies — Sandy Beach

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Ane Carla Rovetta

A storyteller, science illustrator, field biologist, and teacher of cultural uses of plants and nature crafts. Tells and dramatizes tales of ocean, plant, and animals in the "old" days.

Extraordinary assembly presentations last 45-60 minutes. Ane works with individual classes as well.

Contact Name: Ane Carla Rovetta

Phone: 707-762-5239

Fax: 707-762-4535

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern, California-Southern, Monterey

Animania

Hand-on science gets cold, wet and salty with Animania's marine science program! This exciting program series features both an in-class presentaion and a tidepool experience at the touch tanks.

Phone: (858) 693-9200

Region(s): California-Southern

Banana Slug String Band

Environmental education through music, poetry, drama, and movement with hands-on science. Ask for the Slug's Marine Science Program. Based on the Slug's award winning Slugs at Sea and the MARE curriculum, this program focuses on the marine habitats of the West Coast. Favorite Slug's songs such as the Water Cycle Boogie are featured. All performances are developmentally appropriate for the age group. Family nights and special events are also available.

Contact Name: Doug Greenfield & Larry Graff

Phone: (831) 429-9806

Fax: (831) 475-5552

Contact Email: dougdirt@bananaslugstringband.com or airylarry@bananaslugstringband.com

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern, California-Southern, Monterey

Bureau of Land Management Watershed Education

The Bureau of Land Management provides site field trips and classroom speakers. The educational focus is on the culture and history of the lands and overall sterwardship. Watershed education and botany are also topics of discussion.

Contact Name: Clara Sander

Phone: 707-825-2500

Contact Email: csandergander@hotmail.com

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Claire the Loon Music

Ocean Commotion is a forty minute concert/sing-along for children K-6 performed by Alan Spector and Debra Knox. The theme of this assembly is appreciating aquatic environments and the living things found there. They sing about the pleasure one can derive from the water, swimming and enjoying the wonders of the sea. There is also the message that we can seriously damage the planet's ecosystems with pollution and overuse. The kids will sing, dance, and laugh at some of the silly parts of the show, but they will come away from the performance with respect for the Earth and its aquatic environments. Each school that books OCEAN COMMOTION will receive a CD of the songs from the show along with the complete lyrics!

Contact Name: Alan Spector, Director

Phone: (510) 558-8120

Contact Email: alan965@comcast.net

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Environmental Educational Experiences

Jim Peckarsky will illustrate personal encounters with animals through slides and videos and will demonstrate the importance of keeping the world's ecosystems in balance.

K-12: A Fascinating Look into the World of Whales

3-12: Encounters with Marine Animals; Endangered Animals: What Can Be Done?; Baby Harp Seals; Common Loons; Swimming with the Manatee; Pollotion: Are there Solutions?; Galapagos; Animal Adaptations; Arthropods; Molluscs; Inner Workings of Plants; Worms; Bald Eagles; Timber Wolf; Mountain Lions.

60-90 minute assembly program or classroom presentation. Pre- and post-materials available on endangered animals, whales, pollution, and some general information.

Contact Name: Jim Peckarsky

Phone: (858) 273-0567

Region(s): California-Southern

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science Programs for Schools & Community Groups offer several programs for school sites and at the Hall. Assemblies: Dazzling science-on-stage presentations that involve your enthusiastic audience. Perfect for large groups. Workshops: Every student becomes a scientist, immersed in innovative, hands-on science and math activities. Choose from dozens of workshops for all grades in earth science, life science, math, computers, and physical science. Festivals: Involve the whole school community in science and math learning. Great for your open house or school fair. Science Discovery Theatre: Live performances that deliver important science and math concepts with fun, humor, songs, stories, and audience involvement. Multi-session Courses: Choose a course with the content you want as well as the dates, times, and number of sessions.

Phone: (510) 642-1700

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Living Science Foundation

Want a touch tank for your school? The Living Science Foundation brings live animals to your school or classroom. With over 20 years of service and experience LSF has grown to be an organization nationally recognized as an innovator and a leader in science out-reach education. Over these many years they have helped to inspire and educate over 2 million children, one by one.

Contact Name: Tim Joslyn

Phone: (650) 726-1923

Fax: (650) 726-1994

Contact Email: timjoslyn@mac.com

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern, Monterey

Madeleine Dunphy

Swim with the Sharks. Lurk with the Lions. Mingle with the Monkeys.
Award-winning children’s book author, Madeleine Dunphy, will guide your classes through some of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems, from the tropical rain forest to the arctic tundra. Her interactive presentations challenge, inform, and entertain. Best of all, they involve students in the web of life. Madeleine’s books have won awards from the National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, and the International Reading Association, among others. She is a curriculum designer with a Masters Degree in Education who has taught at the California Academy of Sciences, Lawrence Hall of Science and dozens of elementary schools. To research her books, Madeleine traveled as far as the Amazon rain forest, African savanna and Great Barrier Reef.

Contact Name: Madeleine Dunphy

Phone: (510) 428-1945

Contact Email: mdunphy@mdunphy.com

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern, Monterey

Field Trips — Sandy Beach

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Angel Island

Located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, this island park contains undeveloped natural coastal grasslands and woodland habitats. There is a visitors center and a museum on the island. Docent-led tours to Ayala Cove (a sandy beach habitat) and guided kayak tours around the island are available through Sea Trek in Sausalito.

Phone: (415) 435-3522

Region(s): California-Central

Año Nuevo State Reserve

This sandy beach habitat has become famous for the large colony of elephant seals that mate and raise their young during winter, and return to molt in summer. A nature center is located on site. There are also spectacular tidepools accessible when the elephant seals are not in residence. The reserve is not open to the public the first two weeks of December. Guided tours are available mid-December through March. After April 1 no reservations are needed.

Phone: (650) 879-2025

Region(s): California-Central

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The museum conducts a variety of ocean-related field trips, and maintains interactive exhibits related to the bay and general Bay Area science and culture.

Phone: (415) 487-4398

Region(s): California-Central

Bay to Dunes Program

Since 1998, the Bay to Dunes Education Program has been providing young people (grades 2-12) with hands-on education exploring local bay, saltmarsh, freshwater marsh, coastal forest, beach and dune habitats. Cultural history is integrated into the curriculum to help students understand the relationship of humans, past and present, to the ecology of the area. Dune natural history and ecology including plant adaptations, geologic processes, and animal tracking will be covered. On the bay side participants explore both freshwater and saltwater marshes using dip nets, microscopes, binoculars and interactive games.

Contact Name: Bev Prosser

Phone: 707-444-1397

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Crab Cove

Crab Cove is a marine reserve at Crown Memorial State Beach. This is an excellent place to observe sandy beach processes as well as intertidal plants and animals. Pond programs are also available with a focus on local plants and birds. The southern end of the beach is a saltwater marsh with a large variety of shorebirds and waterfowl including the endangered Clapper Rail. Call for a reservation form. Application deadlines for mail-in lottery of first Monday in May for summer prgorams, first Monday in Auygust for autumn programs, and first Monday is December for spring programs.

Contact Email: ccove@ebparks.org

Phone: (510) 521-6887

Fax: (510) 521-0376

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Duxbury Reef

This is one of the premier tidepooling spots in central California. There is an extensive shale reef rich with intertidal life adjacent to Agate Beach near Bolinas. This is also an ideal spot for picnics and beach exploration. There is limited access and no formal program.

Phone: (415) 663-1092

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Exploratorium

This science exploration hall contains approximately 600 interactive science exhibits and several marine tanks that demonstrate processes and concepts from all areas of science. Exhibit "Explainers," individualized programs, and teacher training workshops are available.

Phone: (415) 563-7337

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Floating Marine Lab

From October through June, San Diego County Schools offer a unique Floating Marine Lab program aboard the dive boats Horizon and Ocean Odyssey. For all age groups.

Contact Email: hmmail@hmlanding.com

Phone: (858) 277-7823

Region(s): California-Southern

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science Programs for Schools & Community Groups offer several programs for school sites and at the Hall. Assemblies: Dazzling science-on-stage presentations that involve your enthusiastic audience. Perfect for large groups. Workshops: Every student becomes a scientist, immersed in innovative, hands-on science and math activities. Choose from dozens of workshops for all grades in earth science, life science, math, computers, and physical science. Festivals: Involve the whole school community in science and math learning. Great for your open house or school fair. Science Discovery Theatre: Live performances that deliver important science and math concepts with fun, humor, songs, stories, and audience involvement. Multi-session Courses: Choose a course with the content you want as well as the dates, times, and number of sessions.

Phone: (510) 642-1700

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Oakland Museum

The museum contains a nautral science hall that expores the varied ecosystems of California, including marine habitats. A variety of hands-on and interdisciplinary classes are available for grades K-12.

Phone: (510) 238-3818

Region(s): California-Central

Save the Bay Restoration Programs

Save The Bay’s Community-Based Restoration (CBR) Programs gives your class an opportunity to participate in hands-on restoration of San Francisco Bay habitats. While they're getting their hands dirty, students will learn about the ecology of wetland habitats, the role of native plants in a healthy ecosystem, and the current issues affecting the health of the Bay.

Save The Bay offers restoration programs at sites all around the Bay:
*Bair Island in Redwood City
*Eden Landing in Hayward
*Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge and State Ecological Preserve
*Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline in Oakland
*San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto
*Santa Venetia Marsh in San Rafael
*Schoolhouse Creek in Berkeley
*Tolay Creek in Sonoma

Contact Name: Alicia Moore

Contact Email: amoore@saveSFbay.org

Phone: (510) 452-9261

Fax: (510) 452-9266

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences)

The Steinhart, which opened in September 1923, is the oldest, still-operating grand municipal aquarium in America. The aquarium's collection includes species found at no other institution in the world, as well as species that are extinct in the wild.

Phone: (415) 321-8000

Region(s): California-Central, California-Northern

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