S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay: Science,
Education, and Adventure, Oh My!
S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay
Wednesday, February 2, 2000
3:00 p.m.Pacific Forum
Science. Education. Adventure. The S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay is an exciting
new educational experience targeted for children and teachers and is set to embark on its
maiden voyage this July. The program will provide a unique learning experienceone
that fosters a life-long sense of excitement, scientific understanding, and respect for
our oceans. As important, S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay will instill and inspire stewardship
values in todays youth that will protect our oceans of tomorrow.
As a new "residential" ocean science camp located along the shores of the
majestic Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, S.E.A. Lab will offer a unique and
intensive learning experience that is high tech, conservation-oriented, and fun! Children
will learn what science can teach them about our oceans and the role that they will play
as future ocean stewards. Student teachers will have the opportunity to hone their skills
in this hands-on setting and learn new activities to bring back to the classroom.
S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay will not only energize young people about science and the sea,
it will also serve as a model for a nation-wide network of ocean science camps tied to our
national marine sanctuaries and estuarine research reserves.
A pilot camp in July 2000 will involve selected classes of 5th graders and
middle school-aged children. The pilot will lay the groundwork for a public opening in the
summer of 2001. S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay is envisioned as a year-round camp. Once fully
staffed and equipped, S.E.A. Lab Monterey Bay could welcome 10,000-15,000 elementary and
secondary school-aged children annually.
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