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February 28th Family Program


Plankton Discovery is an exciting exploration of the weird and wonderful world of plankton in the waters just off Crissy Field. Be dazzled by diatoms, dinoflagellates, and copepods. Discover bizarre larvae from barnacles, crabs, and mussels. Participants get to collect their own samples and use their own microscopes. You won't believe your eyes! The class, led by a marine naturalist who specializes in plankton identification, is designed for 6 - 106 year old ocean enthusiasts.

We'd love for you to join us!

Saturday, February 28th 2015 @10am and 1pm
Program Length: 90 minutes.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
991 Marine Drive, The Presidio,
San Francisco, CA 94129

Registration required. Fee: $10 per participant.
Contact Mark Oates at 321-332-2399 or mark.oates@noaa.gov.

Plankton diversity



Teachers! Please join us for our next Professional Development Workshop:

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, It is free of charge but please RSVP!

Gulf of the Farallones Pier Classroom
991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129

Marine Debris in our oceans is a challenge being met by both scientists and educators to find a way forward in reducing human waste in the seas.
This marine debris workshop will include:

Speakers: Matt Savoca from UC Davis is a PhD student, studying the smell of plastics and that perhaps when plastic hits the ocean, it accumulates a certain level of diatoms (smelly good stuff that attracts seabirds) and may enhance the smells for seabirds.

Dr. Chelsea Rochman (through UC Davis) is studying the bioavailability of accumulated pollutants on plastics by marine life. 

Plus our GFNMS team will be presenting on Albatross ingestion of plastics, and a presentation on drift studies -a real time experiment on how marine debris reaches the ocean from San Francisco Bay.

• Using NGSS guidelines, The GFNMS have designed a set of experiments you can do with your students to measure and analyse the processes involved in marine debris accumulation. These include:

1) Nurdles: What are they? Where can they be found and what is their impact on the marine environment?
2) Drift studies: by watching how objects float in the bay, students can use real time data on tides and currents to see how marine debris is dispersed in the marine environment.
This teacher workshop series is sponsored by the Seven Tepees Youth Program WAVES initiative and made possible through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) B-WET program.

Please contact Peter Winch at pwinch@farallones.org or 415 425 6450 to reserve a place.

Marine Debris Workshop flyer


Spring Soiree - Sea Slug Celebration with Dr. Rebecca Johnson

hold the date for March 21st 7-10pm at the Randall Museum, San Francisco


San Francisco International Ocean Film Fest

February 27 - March 2

Find out the film schedule and more at http://oceanfilmfest.org/


SFIOFF image



Sanctuary Excursions

stay tuned for our May excursion announcement!





Additional Sanctuary Events

For details on the Sanctuary Visitor Center programs, please see the Visitor Center webpage: http://www.farallones.org/education/visitor_center.php


To learn more about upcoming Sanctuary events, please visit the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Website.  




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