Hands-On Learning in Science


Save Our Shores: Beach Clean Ups happen throughout the year! 

Coastal Watershed Council: Learn how to test the quality of the water in our local streams. Get trained to participate in Snapshot Day on May 7,  First Flush for the first major rain in the fall, or Urban Watch- a weekly water testing program during the dry summer and early fall months. Students under the age of 18 will need to have a parent participate on their team to ensure safety while working next to a body of water- especially one that is potentially polluted. 

Museum of Natural History: Internships and docent positions available to teach school groups and other visitors about the natural (touch tank for marine invertebrates!) and cultural history of Santa Cruz- especially Native American life before the arrival of Europeans. 

Seymour Center: This is an amazing opportunity for an internship working with marine life! Exhibit Guides help visitors and school groups with touch tanks and other exhibits. Commitment is for 6 months during the school year (four months in summer) and involves one four hour shift every other week (or once per week in summer). The training is extensive- you will learn almost everything there is to know about marine life, as well as develop public speaking skills and build relationships with people working on marine science issues. Fantastic experience to list on your resume!! Next training is in May- apply early! 

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Become a Teen Conservation Leader during the summer- help interpret exhibits to Aquarium visitors or assist with summer camp programs. Once you are trained as a TCL you can help out at other events throughout the year. After a 2 week training at the beginning of summer you will be expected to volunteer for 8 hour shifts- approximately 100 hours during the summer. Apply in January. 

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center: Docents will have the opportunity to interpret exhibits to the public, conduct guided tours, assist in daily operations, and participate in events and programs at the Center. Training is in April and applications should be sent early in the year. 

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