Virtual Project Crystal Code
Grade Level: 7
Duration: Up to 12 sessions; about 60 minutes each with optional extensions
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During Project Crystal Code, middle school students are invited to explore the role that decomposition and technology play in the restoration of coastal sage scrub! During this multi-week program, students are introduced to how we can use technology to protect our wild places. Virtual Project Crystal Code builds on ideas from Project Crystal as participants design computer models and construct and code sensors to investigate how mulch decomposes.
This program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for seventh grade, but may be appropriate for other grade levels.
If you are a teacher and would like to incorporate Virtual Project Crystal Code into your classroom, please fill out our survey here to let us know!
Marine Protected Area Exploration
Grade Level: 8
Duration: Up to 10 sessions; 45-60 minutes each
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How can we protect our ocean from overfishing? Is the Marine Protected Area offshore from Crystal Cove State Park working? Your class can help us find out! During this integrated program, students help scientists study the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area as they learn about different science careers and explore how communities can use science ideas and science communication to protect our oceans.
This program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for eighth grade, but may be appropriate for other grade levels.
If you are a teacher and would like to incorporate the Marine Science Cruise into your classroom, please fill out our survey here to let us know!
Grade Level: 7-8
Duration: Range from 1.5-3 hours each
We need your help! Crystal Cove Conservancy partners with Crystal Cove State Park and local researchers to understand the best way to protect the park’s ecosystems, but we can’t do it alone. Students can help by analyzing data from ecological monitoring projects across the park and sharing their findings back with us.
Each project aligns with Next Generation Science Standards for middle and high school, and can function as part of a series or as a standalone activity. The individual challenges introduce students to various data analysis techniques, such as GPS mapping, graphing data on Google Sheets and in Sage Modeler, and calculating statistical significance.
If you are a teacher and would like to incorporate the Environmental Analysis challenges into your classroom, please fill out our survey here to let us know!
Grade Level: 6-8
Duration: 45 minutes
Crystal Cove Conservancy is a proud supporter of the PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) Distance Learning Program. State Park PORTS interpreters deliver live 45-minute videoconferencing sessions from California State Parks directly to students via Skype. Participants can learn about tidepool ecology, Marine Protected Areas, the redwoods, and more through engaging and interactive presentations. Both scheduled classroom programs and home learning programs are available.
PORTS programs are aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and are made available free of charge.
Marine Protected Area Science Cruise
Grade Level: 8
Group Size: Up to 20 students (normally up to 40 students)
Duration: 9 am – 12 pm
Price: $800/cruise; $550/cruise for Teacher Learning Community members
Immerse your class in real research during Crystal Cove Conservancy’s Marine Protected Area Science Cruise. Now in its seventh year, this nationally recognized program invites junior high and high school students out on the water to help park managers learn about Crystal Cove State Park’s offshore Marine Conservation Area. Classes partner with real scientists as they survey underwater fish populations, study water quality, and search for extraordinary plankton on board Western Pride.
Limited capacity MPA Cruises are available to book through our partner, Newport Whales! Participation is limited to 20 people and all guests will be required to wear a properly-fitted facemask while on board the vessel.
For more information, visit the NEWPORT WHALES WEBSITE or contact Jessica Roame, Newport Whales Education Coordinator, by emailing JESSICA@NEWPORTWHALES.COM.
Crystal Cove State Park Interpretive School Program (Currently on hold)
Grade Level: 6-8
Class Size: Up to 60 students
Crystal Cove State Park invites students to participate in a variety of interpretive educational programs. These programs are available for school and other organized groups throughout the year in the park. All programs are curriculum-based, fun, and interactive and can be adapted to any grade level by Ranger Winter, one of Crystal Cove’s most beloved interpreters. Possible areas of focus cover everything from tidepools and ecology to unhuggables and birding.
In-person interpretive programming at Crystal Cove State Park is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on how to schedule a program once they resume, please visit the CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK WEBSITE.