Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's
Creature Features Coming For Kids
San Francisco, CA -November 23, 2004. This December the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will offer three FREE winter break programs for kids age five and up and adults featuring the wildlife of the Farallones sanctuary. At the Sanctuary Visitor Center, Presidio Building 991 on West Crissy Field Beach, children will learn about sharks, seals, tiny intertidal creatures and giant whales. They'll view life-sized models of giant elephant seals and a white shark, and see real white shark jaws. Sanctuary naturalists will point out the unique adaptations these creatures make to life in various ocean habitats, and supervise hands-on activities with real animals, artifacts and crafts.
Wednesday December 15 and Thursday, December 23rd, 11:00-11:45 a.m., "Blubber and Fur" explains how marine mammals like sea otters and whales maintain body temperatures like ours in frigid ocean waters. Some grow dense fur, some grow thick layers of blubber. Participants touch actual seal and otter pelts, and create their own sea otter puppets.
Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 24th 11:00-11:45 a.m., "The Rocky Intertidal Show" features lots of hands-on encounters with live sea stars, sea urchins, colorful anemones and hermit crabs. Kids make their own hermit crabs to take home.
Friday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 22, 11:00-45 a.m., "Awesome Jaws" explains sharks' natural history such as survival strategies, special jaw adaptations, unique senses, feeding behavior, its role in the marine ecosystem, and conservation issues. Participants can help construct the ideal shark habitat.
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), covers 948 square nautical miles of open ocean, wetlands, and esteros off San Francisco. The Sanctuary Visitor Center offers year-round scheduled group activities, and drop-in programs. Hours are Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Groups should contact Kirk McLaughlin, (415) 561-6625 ext. 308, [email protected] to schedule special programs and guided beach explorations. Visit the websites at www.farallones.org and http://farallones.noaa.gov.