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Home School with the Herring

A microscopic look at marine life. Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium.Home school students are invited to attend classes with a school of tropical fish.  Renowned Professor "Harlequin Tuskfish" will also lead an open forum on migration patterns of gray whales.  Participants MUST speak "fish" at an advanced level to participate.   For those who don't speak "fish", the Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering home-schooled students and their families a chance to explore the field of marine science during Home School Days.  On March 6 and 7, educational personnel and volunteer interpreters will lead interactive activities designed to teach attendees about ocean conservation, marine mammals, fish, and oceanography.  Presentations on sea otters, seals, sea lions, and the new Enchanted Seas exhibit highlight this spring's program.  Additionally, a "Marine Science Workshop" and an upper-level squid dissection are scheduled for both days.  Pre-registration is required for these two programs.   Home School Days' featured topics include:

        "Tools of the Trade"-Match wits with nature as you attempt to match the human tool with the animal adaptation that does the same job. Learn how animals use their bodies to help them survive in their environment.

        "Feeding Frenzy"-Food chains and food webs are critical concepts in our understanding of our place in the environment. Examine four live marine animal food chains up close. Learn who eats whom and where we fit into the web.

        "Beach Treasures"-The sand is alive with curiosities. A walk along any sandy beach is likely to reveal a marine cornucopia of shells, stones, seaweed and more. Learn what to look for and how to identify what you've found.

        "Scales to Tails"-Touch shark jaws and skin as you discover why all sharks are fish but not all fish are sharks. A Home School Days classic revamped and updated.

        "Sea Cycles"- Explore four ocean cycles while you dress a puffin in its breeding plumage, take a trip with a gray whale, get to know members of a kelp forest food cycle and explore the stages of a crab's life cycle.

        "Life Without Light"- It's dark, it's cold, the food chains begin with chemicals-but animals thrive. See video from the deep sea, examine animals brought up from hydrothermal vents, and learn about bathymetric mapping and more.

The sea otter, seal, and sea lion presentations are at 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00 in the Qwest Theater.  Scheduled animal feedings are also included in this springs' Home School Days.  The stations and presentations are geared towards students at all grade levels.  Accompanying materials designed to enhance each student's involvement and for further home study will be made available.  Downloadable materials are available on line at www.aquarium.org/education/.

Two programs requiring pre-registration are also available.  The biology and ecology of Oregon's marine and coastal habitats are the featured topics of the "Marine Science Workshop".  Limited to 25 participants, the workshop is scheduled from 1:00 to 2:30 both days.  An upper-level squid dissection is also scheduled from 11:00 to 12:30 each day.  Here, an Aquarium marine biologist will teach students about the anatomy, physiology, and unique adaptations of these unusual invertebrates.  Limited to 15 students, those who wish to participate in the dissection must be at least 14 years old.  Participants interested in both activities can register by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 5301.

To be eligible for the school group discount rate, families or groups must bring a completed copy of the Aquarium home school form, listing all students ages four years and older. Forms will be available at the Aquarium admissions desk and on the Aquarium website at http://www.aquarium.org/education/homeschool/form1.doc

Home School Days group rates:
Students grades Pre-K-8             $5.20 each
Students grades 9-12                            $7.75 each
One adult per 5 students                   Free
Additional adults                          $10.75 each
Children under 4                            Free
Aquarium Members                           Free

For more information about the Oregon Coast Aquarium Home School Days, call 541-867-FISH, ext. 5301, or check out the education section on the Aquarium's award-winning Web site at http://www.aquarium.org/education/homeschool/.

Home School Days is open to the public and made possible through the generous support of KYTE/KNPT Radio, Marine Discovery Tours, Shilo Inns and Resorts, Safeway, the News-Times, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, KVAL TV 13/Eugene, KPIC TV 4/Roseburg and KCBY TV 11/Coos Bay and La Quinta Inn & Suites.


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