Lens: Biological, Environmental, Educational, and Community
This trip was a Channel Islands University and RJ Frank Middle School collaboration called B-Wet. This project was being conducted in order to have a teaching opportunity with younger students. By splitting up into groups according to each activity, each student is given a hands-on opportunity to gain knowledge and demonstration of environmental issues occurring in tide pools, streams, and vegetation on this beach. My group went on a nature hike by the sea cliffs. We also discussed different types of birds species with the students and had them shout out what they thought certain bird species were. The second and third activity took place in the tide pools. We used grids placed over a designated area in the tide pool where certain species could be found. There were crabs, sea anemone, starfish, and sea cucumber. The next activity was a scavenger hunt to discover different sea creatures down the shoreline. The last activity was a journey upstream, looking at rock formations and a variety of vegetation that transports rocks into their deposit sites. Also looking at the erosion preocesses over a period of time, allowing for the students to envision what it once looked like before droughts. Overall, this experience is one I will remember forever. Teaching kids about the environment around them and how they can be apart of the solution was truly amazing. I would suggest everyone to visit this beach and take in its true beauty.