Channel Islands Live Dive

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Great forests of kelp flourish in the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park. Over 1,000 species of marine organisms can be found here. Species like sea lions, fishes, lobster, sea urchins ,and seaweed all live together in the kelp forest to form one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Channel Islands Live Dive provides free interactive education programs that take students on a virtual visit through the kelp forest without ever getting wet!

 

With camera in hand, park rangers wearing special microphone-equipped dive masks descend into the kelp forest surrounding Anacapa Island, one of the five islands in Channel Islands National Park. From underwater, divers interact with students in real-time as they learn about kelp forest ecology, marine protected areas, and scientific monitoring methods. All programs are standards-based and can be broadcast into your classroom through the use of videoconferencing equipment or free downloadable videoconferencing software. Visit our website to request a program or to learn more at http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.

 

Live Dive Program Topics

 

Channel Islands Live Dive: Grade K-2

Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger SCUBA diver through an interactive distance learning program. The lesson focuses on the kelp forest and the diversity of organisms that rely on kelp for survival. The park ranger and students discuss the external structures and functions of kelp and how it needs water and light to grow. Parent and offspring behaviors and relationships of kelp forest organisms are examined. Students make, record, and discuss observations about the organisms seen. http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.

 

Channel Islands Live Dive: Grade 3-5

Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger SCUBA diver through an interactive distance learning program. The lesson focuses on the kelp forest and the diversity of organisms that rely on kelp for survival. The park ranger and students discuss the role of kelp in the food web and how its internal and external macroscopic structures allow it to survive in the marine environment. Life cycles of organisms are discussed. Effects of environmental change on kelp forests are explored. Students make, record, and discuss observations about the organisms seen. http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.

 

Channel Islands Live Dive: Grade 6-8

Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger SCUBA diver through an interactive distance learning program. The lesson focuses on the kelp forest and the diversity of organisms that rely on kelp for survival. The park ranger and students discuss the role of kelp in the food web and how energy is transferred among producers, consumers, and decomposers in the kelp forest ecosystem. Human and natural impacts on kelp forest ecosystem are discussed. Students make, record, and discuss observations about the organisms seen. http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.

 

Channel Islands Live Dive: Grade 9-12

Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger SCUBA diver through an interactive distance learning program. Ecosystem health is examined through a look at kelp forest biodiversity and Marine Protected Areas. Biological and physical disturbances to the kelp forest are analyzed to find out their effects on the kelp forest ecosystem. Students make, record, and discuss observations about the organisms seen. http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.

 

 

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