Friday, January 24, 2014
My name is Jenny Lentz, or “Dr. Jenny,” as they call me here at the Aquarium, and I will be taking over the Teacher’s Blog from Alie. To give you a little background about myself, I joined the Aquarium’s education department last spring as a Marine Science Fellow. This was a temporary position designed to provide six to eight months of work experience and training in all aspects of the education department. Fortunately, at the end of my appointment I was offered a full-time position as an education specialist, enabling me to stay on long-term at the Aquarium.
I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. My parents instilled within me an appreciation for both art and science from a very young age. During our routine nature hikes and camping trips, I was always encouraged to explore and question everything around me, while also taking time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. My passion for science and the environment drove my academic career. I graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science with a marine concentration. My undergraduate thesis used radio telemetry and GIS (geographic information systems) to study the home range and habitat preferences of eastern box turtles. More recently, my graduate research focused on the declining health of the marine environment, specifically coral reefs, and creating a geospatial protocol that could be used to better understand the spatial nature of marine diseases. In May 2012 I graduated with a doctor of philosophy degree from Louisiana State University’s department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and a geography (GIS) minor.
My current position at the Aquarium of the Pacific gives me the chance to work in a number of different areas. Depending on the day, you might find me in the classroom teaching one of our school programs, co-leading a summer camp, out on the floor of the Aquarium doing shows, or even out on a boat serving as the naturalist on one of our whale watch tours. I am also using my background in GIS and spatial analysis to develop different interpretive tools that we can use to help our visitors understand different types of environmental processes. If you would like more information on me or the work I am currently doing at the Aquarium, including some tutorials designed to show teachers how to use GIS in their classrooms, please visit my website.
I look forward to using this blog to announce upcoming events, programs, and opportunities at the Aquarium. In addition I hope this blog will serve as a forum where teachers and science educators can collaborate. If you have ideas for future blog topics, lesson plans that you’ve loved, or other suggestions, please let us know.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 1 Comment
We’re excited to start 2013 with Free School Teacher Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Over the past few years, we’ve had this opportunity in March, but we’re switching things up this year and giving January a turn. You can take advantage of this opportunity as many times as you like. Bring your friends and family, and they receive discounted admission at the door. Be sure to bring proof of eligibility (like a school or district ID) and then you and your guests can enjoy the Aquarium.
While you’re here, be sure to visit our penguins, our baby harbor seal Bixby, and Betty our newest otter, because they are all pretty adorable. Before your visit, download our Chaperone Field Trip Guides or ask for them at the Information Desk. They may help you plan your next school field trip. While you’re here, you can also pick up one of our three Out of the Box Science Trunks. They are free with a $100 refundable deposit and reservations can be made by calling our Guest Support Center at 562-951-1630.
Or feel free to enjoy a relaxing day away from school and know that the Aquarium of the Pacific wants to say a huge THANK YOU for all you.
Hope to see you around the Aquarium in January.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 1 Comment
As we start a new school year, we are excited to see old friends and new ones at the Aquarium. Penguins, otters, sharks, and more are waiting to engage and amaze your students. But the Aquarium is more than just an incredible animal collection. It is numerous resources to help you use the ocean to reach your students. Have you seen our rental trunks of shark jaws and otter skulls? Lesson plans to extend the experience? Chaperone Field Trip Guides to help your students and parent chaperones to move through the Aquarium? Preview the grade-specific pamphlets online, or get your copy when you arrive at the Aquarium.
When booking your field trip, be sure to take advantage of our reduced rate for trip occurring prior to March. Scholarships, including bussing, are also available, so complete We’re looking forward to a great 2012-2013 school year. Hope to see you and your students at the Aquarium soon.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Make the Aquarium part of your relaxing summer plans: visit the penguins, send the kids to camp, or enjoy a whale watching cruise. Hope to see you this summer.
This summer, the Aquarium has lots to offer, including a dozen new and adorable residents. The June Keyes Penguin Habitat includes interactive touch screens and above and below water viewing areas for you to come face to face with our charismatic penguins. Animal encounters, films, lectures, and a new webcam also give you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Magellanic Penguins who now call the Aquarium home.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
And better than ever!
Our annual Boeing Teacher Institute (BTI) is back and better than ever. After taking a break in 2011, the Education Department is excited to announce that applications for the 2012 summer program are now available. The five-day immersion program will provide up to 35 outstanding local educators with an intensive introduction to the Aquarium, Southern California’s diverse ecosystems, and the most current research being conducted by local scientists. This year we shift the focus of BTI shifts to a content-based program that provides the participants with the experience, resources, and knowledge they need to best implement their own lessons.
BTI will include two days at the Aquarium of the Pacific, introducing teachers to the wide variety of resources available to them including Science on a Sphere, videoconferencing, and access to the Aquarium educators. Three days will be spent on Catalina Island, introducing teachers to the resources of SeaGrant, the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE), and the Wrigley Marine Institute to provide more current science content for all of the participating teachers. Island activities will include discussion and exploration of newly designated marine protected areas (MPAs), a native plant versus introduced species hike, tours of the labs and hyperbaric chamber at Wrigley and more.
To extend the experience beyond the five days in August, BTI participates will be asked to participate in an on-line professional community. This community will allow for pictures, lesson plans, stories, and suggestions to be easily shared between participants. Since space is limited, the Aquarium also will offer a fall lecture series specifically designed for local educators unable to attend the five day August institute.
The application deadline is June 8.
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