Starring Crystal Cove
STARRING CRYSTAL COVE
THE NATIONAL PBS SHOW “SCIGIRLS” RECENTLY FILMED AN EPISODE AT CRYSTAL COVE TO AIR THIS SPRING
After a highly competitive process, the new hit PBS show “SciGirls” set up camp on the shores of Crystal Cove for a week of filming. Geared toward kids ages 8 to 12, the show features “tween” girls who are exploring science and engineering in their daily lives.
Three local girls who went through Crystal Cove’s junior lifeguard program will be featured in the half-hour episode that’s scheduled to air in spring 2015. The girls, already familiar with Crystal Cove and the waters of Orange County, participated in CCA’s Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruise—they were also able to go behind-the scenes and see the UC Irvine lab that processes data collected on the cruise. Throughout the week, they also filmed a three-minute PSA using GoPro cameras as they snorkeled, kayaked, explored the tide pools, sighted whales and interviewed lifeguards, scientists, naturalists and interns for the video that debuted at Cottage #13 at the end of the week. Two role models were selected to partner with the girls and guide them through the experience, including CCA’s own education coordinator, Holly Fletcher.
“I took them out on our Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruise … for two days of filming,” Holly says. “It was really fun working one-on-one with these girls. They were really smart girls who knew the area well, so I got to go in-depth with the science.” Once it’s aired, the program will continue to be used in lesson plans and learning modules through the show’s companion website. In addition to being an exciting event for Crystal Cove, the show also showcases the innovative programs at Crystal Cove State Park that address national issues, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming and water quality research.
Stay tuned for more information—including an air date and time—