Welcome to the

Coastal Dynamics Education Program!

 

Welcome to the Coastal Dynamics program!  During this virtual program, junior high and high school students take a step into the shoes of coastal engineers to help us understand how Crystal Cove State Park’s Beaches are changing.

The Coastal Dynamics education program is the result of a collaboration between Crystal Cove Conservancy, Crystal Cove State Park, and researchers at UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering to monitor our everchanging coastlines.  Coastal Dynamics participants will learn about how our coasts and beaches are changing, collect and analyze beach erosion data, and develop recommendations to share with State Park resource managers.

The educational curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for middle and high school. The curriculum includes twelve lessons, each lasting 45-60 minutes.


 How to Join

The virtual version of the Coastal Dynamics education program is free for everyone! If you are a teacher or homeschool educator and would like to join Coastal Dynamics for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this survey and let us know.

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Erick Valdez, Education Coordinator, by emailing erick@crystalcove.org.

Curriculum will be published by February 2021!


Teacher Professional Development

We highly recommend that all teachers, educators, and parents who will be facilitating the Costal Dynamics education program attend an online professional development session.  This training gives an overview of the program, an introduction to the different lessons, and walks you through general teaching logistics.  We will also offer specialized trainings focused on aspects of the program, such as building computer models or analyzing data.

Upcoming Training Dates:

  • January 26, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
  • February 25, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
  • March 31, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

If you would like to attend a training, please register here.

If you cannot attend a training, we will post recordings afterwards to watch at your leisure!


Have any other questions?  Please contact Erick Valdez by emailing erick@crystalcove.org for more information!

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