Thankfully, standing beside me is Heather Jones, AmeriCorps alumni turned professional youth educator, who will be splitting the teaching load with me. Once all have gathered under the prickly pine tree, we introduce ourselves and break the group in half, one class follows at the heels of Heather, the other class swarms me.
The name of this particular eduction program is called Whales of the Salish Sea, or WOSS for short. It consists of eight marine science classes and spans over three days. Here’s a peak at what we do during these three glorious days!
|We make observations about marine mammal skulls! This one is a harbor seal, notice the sharp teeth for holding slippery fish.|
|We become orcas and have to find our pod by using signature calls.|
|After learning about the diferent kinds of whales and talking about the life hisorty of gray whales, we put together Sprit, the young gray whale!|
|We become orca detectives and try to solve the mytery of Hope's death.|
|Everyone grabs a microscope and examines plankton- the base of the marine pyramid!|
|We hold a Town Hall meeting and vote on tidal turbines.|
Marine Mammal Stranding Network Educator
*Check out our website to see what other programs and camps we offer! http://ptmsc.org/