Dolphins Escort Explore Ecology Students to Santa Cruz Island
“Did you see THAT? They’re surfing!” Sixty students peered over the edge of the Island Adventure boat as a pod of dolphins swam, jumped, and played in the water below. The students were on their way to Santa Cruz Island as part of Explore Ecology’s Flows to the Ocean Program. This innovative environmental education series of classes teaches 4th-6th graders how their actions on land affect water quality in our creeks and ocean. As part of the program students receive two in class Creek Kids lessons, attend a waste reduction presentation and go on a field trip to the South Coast Watershed Resource Center and local creek. The series culminates in an all day trip to Santa Cruz Island where the students view island wildlife, go on nature hikes and conduct a beach and island cleanup.
By participating in Flows to the Ocean, students learn how to protect their watersheds, local creeks, and ocean. They become empowered when they realize that they can make a positive difference not only for themselves and their families, but also for dolphins and other marine animals.