Oceans of Life Overnight I 31 Mar 2000 Birch Aquarium,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Preliminaries - The Program's Second Year: It's time to start
having the two overnights every spring as originally planned. This means that we can provide the
experience to 60 new girls each year. We decided this spring's theme would be Oceans of Life
and that we would have one overnight at the Birch Aquarium and one at Sea World. For selection
the students would have to write a one-page esssay on one of the following topics:
Why do you think the oceans are a vital resource? Describe what you could do to help
understand and protect our oceans in the new millennium.
Coral Reeefs are often compared with rainfoirests. How are they alike? Why are coral
so important to the health of the oceans?
Worldwide weather patterns are directly connected to the movements of the oceans. How
the oceans affect weather? How does the atmosophere affect the oceans?
The girls would be divided into six groups for each event: the dolphins, the grey whales, the blue
whales, the sea lions, the seaotters, and the killer whales.
Planning - Determining the details: Arlene de Strulle, Birch
Aquarium, Director of Education, would be our contact person at the aquarium.
Finalizing - Setting the schedule:
* Keynote Speaker: Judith Swift, Sea World Education Department, on her career and about
Stranding Biology. The girls will be given a scenario in which a sick/dead whale has beached
itself and some biological evidence of what may be wrong (stomach contents, flesh wounds, other
* Workshop Speakers will be:
Kerri Danil & Kelli Robertson, National Marine Fisheries Service, on Analyzing Stomach
Contents and Determining Age, Sex, and Reproductive Status
Dr. Pat Yocham, Sea World Veterinarian, on Toxic Tissues
Kevin Hardy, SIO, on Exploring the Depths: Designing a Submersible
Anita Balcar, Birch Aquarium Instructor, on Food Webs: Plankton
Maria Mendez, SIO grad student, on Toxic Tides and Bioluminescence
Judith Swift, Sea`World Education Department, on Field Identification of Whales
We will have T-shirt Fish Printing as a late evening activity.
Literacy Component: For this event the book(s) were
Women in Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Oceans: looking at
beaches and coral reefs, tides and currents, sea mamals and fish, seaweeds and other ocean
wonders by Adrienne Mason, Kids Can Press Ltd; Writing About Science by Joy
Frestedt, Anne Weber-Main, and Kimerly Wilcox, A publication of Graduate Women in Science
and donated by them
Also: Students all got folders full of info. Nametags were
made. Lanyards for the nametags were reordered.
Feedback: The students gave the event an average rating of
21 of 24 said that a career in science is a possibility.