Hello! My name is Jared Martin and I am a Dunes Center Education Intern for the Explore the Coast program. I am a 4th year Environmental Management and Protection major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Engaging children about the fascinating world they live in and inspiring them to protect it is a vital part of ensuring that future generations can thrive in a clean and healthy environment. The Explore the Coast program gives 5th graders at Mary Buren Elementary School the opportunity to engage in interactive activities that are both fun and educational. Over the course of 3 months, students learn about ecology, watersheds, and pollution. They also take educational field trips to gain experience. The field trips show that the subjects they learn about have applications in the real world. These lessons are designed to excite students about our environment so that they might pursue a career in the sciences. (more…)
My name is Elizabeth and I am currently an Education Intern at the Dunes Center. I attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and am studying Environmental Management and Protection. For the past few weeks, I have taught a group of students at Dorothea Lange Elementary in Nipomo about the wonders of archaeology. They’ve learned about the importance of the scientific method, how to record data when looking at an artifact, and how to map out a new excavation site. At first, I had to emphasize that archaeology is different from paleontology – archaeologists don’t dig up dinosaurs! Once the students understood what archaeology is, they got really excited.
Hello, my name is Chloe Pombo and I’m an Environmental Education Intern at the Dunes Center! I am a fourth year Environmental Science student at Southern New Hampshire University. I grew up with a strong passion for nature and a curiosity for how the earth worked. (more…)
I am a third year Environmental Earth Science major at Cal Poly, where the pace is fast, competition is high, and there is hardly any time to stop and let your mind wander. It can turn school into a tiresome, life-consuming chore. As an Education Intern at the Dunes Center, however, I administer an afterschool program to Guadalupe students and get to see the impact creative science exploration has on them. (more…)
Common Name(s): Deerweed
Scientific Name: Acmispon glaber
Plant Type: shrub
Communities: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub
Habitat: coastal, slopes
Size: Up to 4 ft wide, 3 ft tall (more…)
The Dunes Center provides free after school programming for students throughout our local area to provide them with an enriched after school experience. Our programs are administered by Cal Poly Interns who work to provide a fun, safe, and educational learning experience for our students. The focus of our programming this Spring has been Botany, which coincides with the sleuth of wildflowers blooming in the dunes and throughout the local area.