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5 Reasons Outdoor Education Rules!

i Apr 23rd l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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Here at the Dunes Center, we love getting students outdoors – it provides them an opportunity to see firsthand all the ideas they are learning about in the classroom.

Students on field trips to Oso Flaco Lake experience spectacular habitats that make the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex one of the Central Coast’s beautiful treasures. Here are five reasons why we think it’s so important to learn outside:

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Mary Buren Fourth Graders Visit the Dunes Center

i May 16th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Last month, the Dunes Center had the pleasure of hosting all of Mary Buren Elementary’s 4th grade students.  They completed a scavenger hunt while exploring the Dunes Center’s exhibits that were unveiled last year.  Mary Buren 4th graders visit the Dunes Center every school year, and we always look forward to it!

 

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New Education Program – Dunes Center Field Trip

i Apr 30th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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The Dunes Center offers a broad range of education programs, from geology taught at afterschool programs, school field trips at Oso Flaco Lake, and Mammals and Birds taught in classrooms.  This school year, we have an exciting new education program offering – a field trip to the Dunes Center.  The two-hour field trip incorporates the new exhibit content that was unveiled last August.  Students explore the Dunes Center at different stations, including one outside in our native Garden.  They take on roles of different professions, including botanists, zoologists, and poets, while asking critical questions and engaging deeply with the content.  We are proud to offer a new learning environment and content, and to welcome students to our museum here in Guadalupe.  We plan to update and expand the program based on student interest and exhibit content.

If you’re interested in booking a field trip to the Dunes Center, contact our Education Programs Coordinator at meghan@dunescenter.org or give us a call at (805) 343-2455

 

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Guadalupe’s 5th Graders Explore the Coast

i Mar 13th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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…)

Afterschool Archaeology: Analyzing Arrowheads

i Mar 1st l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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.
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Sharing a love of Science with the Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club

i Dec 9th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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…)