The West Marin School gym was transformed into a science laboratory in December when the Lawrence Hall of Science Ocean Creature Feature Festival came to Point Reyes Station. Guided by local 7th and 8th graders who staffed nearly 20 activity tables, West Marin and Tomales elementary students dove deep into the study of marine animal adaptations, from locomotion and camouflage to reproduction and feeding. In addition to the Lawrence Hall of Science, Point Reyes National Seashore's Fish Crew and staff from Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Tomales Bay Watershed Council showed up to teach the students about marine birds, fish, and our local watershed.
"By combining the broad scale physical and biological marine science concepts from Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science with the local projects on salmon, water quality and seabird conservation, students could really see how science fits into their local environment. Plus, they had fun!" said Dr. Ben Becker, Director of National Park Services Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center.
The Lawrence Hall of Science offers a range of science-related programs and our hope is the science festival becomes an annual event. "What a great day...we'd love to have the Lawrence Hall of Science and the National Park Service back next year," said West Marin School Principal Matt Nagle.
The Festival was funded by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center and Point Reyes National Seashore Association.