MOSS Journal, April 2015

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MOSS Journal, April 2015

When I’m at the ocean, I feel refreshed.
There is a breeze always in my face.
I love the splunk of crashing waves and the feel of the sand between my toes.
My favorite color is ocean blue.
The ocean is exciting—I just can’t wait to see what will happen next!
Maybe I’ll see some wildlife.
I love the ocean.

— Burney Elementary, 6th Grade

Canoe Trip!

MOSS Canoe Adventure!

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Mendocino Middle School added a bit of adventure to their visit to the Mendocino Outdoor Science School by taking a trip up the Big River watershed with their naturalists. The groups spied a family of otters, as well as great blue herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and harbor seals. At the Woodlands, schools are encouraged to work with staff to tailor their experience to their interests.

Student Salmon Survey

Student Salmon Survey

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SONAR – The School of Natural Resources at Mendocino High School, works with natural resource agencies, such as Fish and Game, local watershed awareness groups, and Parks and Recreation, where students get real life hands-on experience in science. They are trained to collect and present information in a scientific way, accurately depicting the conditions of local streams and marine habitat.

Sonar has been working on counting salmon population up at Little North Fork of Big River for the last two months and has had success in finding Y.O.Y. (pronounced “yoy” -Young Of the Year) and redds (salmon nests) along the paths of the beautiful redwood forests. During the hatching and reproduction periods, Sonar students have been collecting sample data to examine and compare differences in a majority of species, sizes, and populations.

Is That the Ocean?

“Is that the Ocean?”

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As we were nearing the parking area for exploring tidepools, I was taken aback by this seemingly obvious question from an inner city kid attending MOSS. Omigosh, I thought. Can he be serious, or is he just putting me on? I decided I’d better play it straight, and simply answered, “Yes, it is.” He nodded thoughtfully, staring raptly at the big blue sea, trying to take it all in at once. Then he looked at me, and shocked me even more: “Which ocean is it?” he asked shyly. I was blown away by both his lack of knowledge and the eagerness to learn I found in his eyes. “This is the Pacific Ocean. Pacific means ‘peaceful’,” I told him. He turned to gape at it in wonder.

The MOSS program is found only at the Woodlands and teaches hundreds of kids every year. But the program goes beyond facts and figures to include a sense of community and trust, leading to poignant moments like this. Who knows what information can change a life for the better?

—Jeanne Smith
Environmental Education Director

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Tell a Teacher

Tell a Teacher
Due to popular demand, we have expanded our MOSS program by adding six weeks in the Fall. The students will learn how to be a part of a community—as well as facts of nature—which can set a great tone for the rest of the school year. (Click here for more.)

—Jeanne Smith
Environmental Education Director