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NMEA 2018 Conference - Field Trips

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NMEA 2018 Field Trips

Be sure to sign-up for a field trip during registration - spaces are limited!We would like to fill field trips by July 1, 2018.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Trip.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is rarely open to the public.  Take this opportunity to spend a morning with the scientists and managers of the refuge as they share the value of the California’s coastal wetlands and the technology being  researched to save the wetlands with a changing climate.Transportation and a snack will be provided. 

 All participants must be US Citizens as the wetland is on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. $60 per person.

Depart at 7:45 am and return about 1 pm. 

Max 20 participants.


MPA Citizen Science Cruise and whale watch.

Immerse yourself in collecting research data during Crystal Cove Conservancy’s Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruise. Now in its fifth year, this nationally recognized program invites junior high and high school students out on the water to help park managers learn about Crystal Cove State Park’s offshore Marine Conservation Area. Classes partner with scientists as they survey underwater fish populations, study water quality, and search for extraordinary plankton on board Western Pride.  Following the cruise, enjoy a box lunch and prepare yourself to a visit at Shellmaker Island in Back Bay Newport to the Back Bay Science Center operated by the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Travel and lunch included. $100 per person.

Depart at 7:30 and return about 5 pm.

Max 35 participants.


Catalina Island Trip.

Enjoy a day of science at Catalina Island, located 25 miles from Long Beach.  Snorkel in the Blue Cavern Marine Protected area on your visit to the University of Southern California's field station, the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Science. The visit will also include a lab tour to investigate the work of summer fellows and visiting academics in the fields of aquaculture, fish behavior and more.  The day will wrap up with a dive in the hyperbaric chamber before you catch the boat back to Long Beach.  Watch for whales, marine mammals and seabirds on your way home.  Wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins, lunch and transportation included. Participants must wear closed toed shoes on the boat ride. $110 per person.

Max 20 participants.


NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Hubbs Hatchery Visit.

Head south toward San Diego County to learn first-hand from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center where NOAA scientists conduct research to ensure that the region’s marine and anadromous fish, marine mammals, marine turtles and invertebrate populations remain at healthy and sustainable levels, as functioning parts of their ecosystems and continue to enhance the quality of life for the public.  You’ll have a behind the scenes tour of the labs and learn from scientists about their passion and how they develop their interests.  Lunch will be at Batiquitos Lagoon before a stop at Hubbs White Seabass Hatchery in Carlsbad.  Learn the story behind a joint effort by fishermen, scientists and schools to restore white seabass fishing stocks. This field trip site is located in San Diego, CA. Box lunch and transportation will be provided. $75 per person.

Max 32 participants.

 photo from Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute


Watching Our World of Water at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Global sea level rise and El Niño events have been detected from space for over 25 years, thanks to satellite instruments initially developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the French Space Agency. The next generation of this pioneering technology is now being built for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. Not only will SWOT detect ocean features (eddies, currents) with 10 times better resolution, it will measure ocean conditions close to the coast, and monitor freshwater resources on land.

Your visit will include engagement with SWOT experts Dr. Marc Simrad, Dr. Cedric David, Annette deCharon, and Annie Richardson. The workshop will include hands-on activities related to marine sciences and hydrology, plus a tour of JPL. Workshop costs also include breakfast, lunch, and transportation from the Queen Mary. $80 per person.

Max 20 participants.


Paddleboard/ Coastal Clean Up

In matching our theme of conservation you have an opportunity to spend your morning as you help care for the ocean while learning a new skill. Novice paddlers are welcome!

Join us for a coastal clean-up with our partners at Surfrider Foundation and stand-up paddle board instruction with Olympus Boards in Alamitos Bay. We’ll take public transit to the beach, discuss with Surfrider the challenges of keeping our coastal ecosystems healthy and then quickly apply the skills of how to master the art of paddle boarding from the Olympus and Surfrider partners.  We’ll board the Passport bus at 7:30 am ready for a morning of beach and water time together. $48 per person, including transportation, rentals, and instruction.

Max 20 people.



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