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Coal Oil Point Reserve Beach Hopper Lesson


This activity lesson aims to introduce 4-6th grade students to observation of beach organisms through the scientific method. This lesson was developed for Kids in Nature visits to Coal Oil Point Reserve, but may be adapted to another shoreline with beach wrack and active amphipods. Students experiment to discover which habitat is more ideal for beach hoppers. The Kids in Nature (KIN) Environmental Education Program promotes the aspirations and achievements of students in underserved schools in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California by providing quality environmental science education and experiences through place-based field trips, mentored by UCSB students in the Nature and Science Education Practicum, utilizing hands-on activities to bring K-12 students outdoors and to UCSB. The Kids in Nature program is supported by the UCSB Coastal FundUCSB Office of Education Partnerships Faculty Outreach Grants (FOG) Program and the Mosher Foundation.

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