Right about now a lot of us are thinking about sun, sand, and surf.
I know I am. School’s almost out, and over here, we’re all ready for summer to begin.
But before school lets out for the year, there’s still a bunch of learning to be done.
And for those of us who are heading to the shore this summer, those of us who are planning on dipping our toes in the ocean, it might be cool to learn a bit about life underwater–the interconnected city of life in the sea.
Guess what? You can take a trip to the coral reefs of Palau with the click of a button.
This month, with thanks to The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere, students can take a virtual field trip to learn about the miracle and magic of the coral reefs.
May 19th. 12pm ET.
You’re invited! You’re all invited.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Coral Reefs of Palau: The Nature Conservancy Free Virtual Field Trip and Learning Resources
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The Coral Reefs of Palau: Nature’s Amazing Underwater Cities is the latest in a series aimed to build students’ knowledge of and emotional connection to environmental issues that are at the heart of The Nature Conservancy’s mission.
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Here are the details:
Who: teachers, students, parents, anyone
What: a virtual field trip! The Coral Reefs of Palau: Nature’s Amazing Underwater Cities free virtual field trip and learning resources hosted byMarine Biologist Stephanie Wear.
Here, sharks snatch up smaller prey; decorator crabs apply bits of shell, algae, and sponge to their own backs for camouflage; and massive 2,000-pound sea cows graze. Our journey to the Coral Reefs will open students’ eyes to an amazing, interconnected ecosystem built on symbiosis and mutualism, where diverse organisms are designed to protect, clean, nourish, and even camouflage one another. In this underwater city, the coral supports its many “workers” and they, in turn, keep the coral healthy.
Called “the medicine chests of the sea,” Coral Reefs provide ingredients that are leading to new lifesaving medications. They are also an astonishingly rich source of food for many species, including humans, and provide a perfect buffer to protect shorelines from erosion. Join our expert scientist, , as we take a deep dive to learn about one of the “seven underwater wonders of the world.” May 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (ET). Length: 40 minutes.
Why: to show students that in the Coral Reefs, everything is interconnected—and this includes people. The Coral Reefs function like an undersea city, with every organism having an important role.
Where: whatever works for you–
- you can watch the virtual field trip live as a Google Hangout On Air on The Nature Conservancy’s Google + channel
- live stream on YouTube
- later on The Nature Works Everywhere YouTube channel
- HOW cool is that??
When: May 19th 2015 at 12 pm ET
How: sign up to take part in the virtual field trip here: http://ow.ly/M79LK
Check out Stephanie Wear as she talks about coral reefs feeding and protecting us. (Hint: Use it as a background knowledge builder for the upcoming field trip!)
And more: Check out these supplementary resources to really hit the ball out of the park!
- The Need is Mutual Lesson Plan
- NOAA – Coral Ecosystems Education Collection
- NOAA – Ocean Acidification Education Collection
The Nature Conservancy provides tons of resources that bring learning to life.
And we can experience so many cool things thanks to Nature Works Everywhere.
I have been in awe of the work that The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere has been doing to bring learning to life.
In fact, the kids and I have been a bit obsessed ever since I wrote about the Wild Biome Virtual field trip last month. To get a sense of what these virtual field trips are like, you can check out our last post or you can find two of the past Virtual Field Trips here.
Again, huge thanks goes to great organizations like The Nature Conservancy and Nature Works Everywhere, for their work to make learning and resources hands-on, accessible, and meaningful.
Want to check out a past Virtual Field trip from The Nature Conservancy?
fyi: This post was written as part of a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and We Are Teachers; as always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.
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