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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

June, 2006

 

Junior Marine Biologists Invited to "Sanctuary Explorers Camp"

SAN FRANCISCO - May 2, 2006. This summer, the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association invites budding marine biologists ages 8 through 13 to discover the wonders of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary at its annual "Sanctuary Explorers Camp."
The two five-day camp sessions run June 26-30th and from August 7-11th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an extended care option. These day-camps are led by expert marine science educators and are packed full of activities: exploring tidepools and the creatures adapted to the wave-pummeled rocky intertidal zone; visiting a historic lighthouse overlooking the sanctuary; venturing into wetlands habitats to learn about the waterfowl, fish and invertebrates that thrive there; and exploring sandy beach habitats and the seashore life amid ever-shifting tides.

Campers will also take part in "Call to the Rescue" with The Marine Mammal Center - a simulated sea lion stranding exercise on Rodeo Beach, to learn about some of the challenges to survival marine mammals face. The week culminates in a sea kayaking adventure on San Francisco Bay.

Fee is $295 per person, payable to the non-profit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, and includes transportation from the sanctuary office to the activity sites. Explorers meet daily at the Farallones marine sanctuary office at West Crissy Field in the San Francisco Presidio, Building 991 Marine Drive. For registration information, visit www.farallones.org, or call 415/ 561-6625 ext. 303.

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), protects 1,255 square miles of open ocean, bay and wetlands. The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association supports the work of the Sanctuary in protecting its natural and cultural resources. For information and directions call 415/ 561-6625 or visit www.farallones.org.



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