By Jihee Yoon
Over the course of two days, October 14th and 17th, two groups of LCHS AP Environmental Science students were able to learn more about the marine environment and enjoy the warm Pacific breeze at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
To accompany the “Climate, Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Biodiversity” and “Evolution and Biodiversity” units in the textbook, Dr. Ewoldsen and Mrs. Wheeler, the APES teachers, decided to take the students to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, a nonprofit organization that educates Southern California about California’s spectacular marine biodiversity.
By donating a plastic bottle or tin can as they entered the aquarium, the students were allowed free entry to the aquarium and had the opportunity to take a tour. Led by the docents, the group saw the stages of growth of shark embryos and touched live starfish. Students had the chance to hang out at the beach, observe the waves, and enjoy the warm breeze with their peers.
Reflecting on the trip, senior Ani Sarkissian said, “What was most amazing to me was seeing what I had learned from textbooks, including the environment and a variety of species, in real life. It was definitely a different experience. Going to the beach on a sunny day made my day a lot better!”
APES students will continue their outdoor adventures throughout the year that will allow them to not only create great memories but also experience in person what they have learned in class.
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