Category Archives: Teacher Toolkits

Beach Treasure Hunt

No need to collect these treasures! Instead, draw a picture, snap a photo, or just take a moment to observe your find and then check it off the list of treasures.Remember to always keep an eye on the ocean and stay safe!Not all of these items will be found at every beach. See how many you can find on YOUR […]

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Speak Up For The Beach – Activity Book

In “Speaking Up for the Beach,” students will study coastal law and policy in California and elsewhere in the United States, especially as it concerns public access to the coast. They will wrestle with complicated questions about policy and environmental responsibility. Students will engage in a mock California Coastal Commission hearing and create a guide to beach law in California. […]

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5 Classroom Activities from NOAA for 6 to 12 Grades

The classroom activity package Winged Ambassadors – Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross is available free online courtesy of NOAA, Oikonos, and other partners. Albatrosses, charismatic and threatened seabirds, are ambassadors for a clean ocean because they traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food. Along their journeys, they ingest plastic trash and feed it to their chicks. These five lessons […]

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Albatross Coloring Art

Here is a very special piece made by Peter Winch who has been an Education Specialist at the Greater Farallones Association for the past 15 years. Before then Peter worked as a biological technician studying seabirds. He spent 5 months on French Frigate Shoals in 1996, and 3 months on Laysan Island in 1996/97.Peter also works as a naturalist for Oceanic Society where […]

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Albatross Fun Facts

Taxonomy The species are divided into 4 genera: Diomedea (Great albatrosses), Thalassarche (Mollymawks), Phoebastria (North Pacific albatrosses), and Phoebetria (Sooty albatrosses). The earliest albatross fossils date back to 32 million years ago. They are known as “nomads of the oceans”. The IUCN Red List gives the total population size of the Short-tailed albatross as 2,200-2,500 individuals, equating roughly to 1,500-1,700 mature birds. […]

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Know The Kelp

What does seaweed say when it’s stuck at the bottom of the sea? “Kelp! Kelp!” Here are some links and resources that we thought will kelp you learn more about our 2019 Earth Hero Honoree: the Kelp. Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp Forest Cam Have you always wondered what kelp looks like under water? Well for the ones you have never seen it and […]

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