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3 Day Program for High School Teachers

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for three days of exploration in a unique combination of classroom and off-site field experiences. This professional teacher workshop focuses on Southern California ecosystems with inquiry-based lesson plans, on-line resources, and creates outdoor experiences for teachers to share with their students.

The first day of the workshop will be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in a classroom setting to discuss wetlands, Marine Protected Areas, whale migration and conservation. On-line classroom resources such as the new Aquarium of the Pacific’s Whale Project application, hands-on activities, and small group discussions will be used to cover general topics.

Explore the wetlands on a 2 hour guided walking tour of Bolsa Chica Wetlands on our second day of the workshop. Teachers will document their experience by taking pictures for a photo-journal project.

On the last day of the workshop teachers will board our 2 ½ whale watch cruise with an opportunity to see gray whales, seal lions, and marine birds in our local Southern California ecosystem. Teachers will learn about whale photo-identification, mapping our local whale species, and build on their photo-journals.

Registration: Space is limited; please call 1630 to reserve a space. Deadline is February 1, 2013.
Grade Designation: 9th-12th grade teachers
Availability: Space for 30 teachers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cost: $25
Dates: February 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

The workshop will include:

  • Classroom content and snacks on day one.
  • 2 hour guided tour of the Bolsa Chica wetlands on day two.
  • 2 ½ hour Whale Watch on day three.

Teachers will need to provide their own:

  • Computer (optional for first day)
  • Transportation to Bolsa Chica wetlands (day two).
  • Camera for photo journaling projects (all three days)


  • Day 1: February 9th

    • Program Location: Watershed Classroom, Aquarium
    • Length: Saturday session 1pm - 5:30pm
  • Day 2: February 16th (transport not provided to offsite location)

    • Program Location: Bolsa Chica Wetland Preserve
    • Length: Saturday session 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Day 2: February 23rd

    • Program Location: Harbor Breeze Whale Watch (meet on Aquarium Plaza)
    • Length: Saturday session 11:30am – 3:30pm

Topics Covered in Program:

  • Wetland Ecosystems
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Whale migration and conservation
  • Web resources and applications for your classroom
  • Photo journaling for your classroom

Program Components:

  • 2 hour guided tour at Bolsa Chica Wetlands
  • 2 ½ hour whale watch (will be on the general public cruise)
  • Snacks provided on day one.
  • Parking
  • Entrance to the Aquarium
  • Curriculum materials

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Explore Your Local Ecosystems Workshop
Explore the wetlands on a 2 hour guided walking tour of Bolsa Chica Wetlands on our second day of the workshop.
Archived Event Information

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 | 1:00 PM–5:30 PM

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 | 8:30 AM–11:30 AM

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 | 11:30 AM–3:30 AM

Cost $25 per person for entire 3-day workshop
RSVP (562) 951-1630