Distance Learning

Channel Islands Live Dive: High School

Sea lions swimming in kelp forest.

Robert Schwemmer

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Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Program emphasis is on the park's kelp forest inventory and monitoring program and the rationale forcreation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

Broadcast length: 30 minutes

Grade level: Ninth to twelfth

Objectives addressed:

  • Explain the importance of biodiversity to the overall health of an ecosystem.
  • Provide examples of human activity that can influence the biodiversity of natural systems.
  • Recognize the usefulness of scientific monitoring in determining the health of an ecosystem.
  • Describe some of the controversial aspects associated with creating a network of marine protected areas.

Essential questions:

  • How does change in an ecosystem affect the entire ecosystem?
  • What affect do humans have on ecosystems?

Program Documents

How to Participate

To participate in a Channel Islands Live distance learning program:

  1. Test Your Connection

     Follow one of these set-up instructions and run required tests:

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Software

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Equipment

  2. Schedule Your Program

    Upon successful testing, schedule your broadcast date and time by submitting the Channel Islands Live Broadcast Reservation Form.
    (Note: Save the PDF fillable form to your computer, add your information in the required fields, save it again, and then attach it to an email. The email address is listed on the form.)

Once your request is processed you will receive an email confirmation of your broadcast date and time. "Day of Broadcast Instructions" will be included with this email. 

Spaces are limited and request forms are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education programs are offered Wednesdays from September to mid-June between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Be sure to keep any time differences in mind when requesting programs. 

If a live program is not available, archived programs can be used with program lesson plans. Other curriculum materials can also help educators explore the park with their students and meet their curriculum needs.

For additional information contact: Education Coordinator


Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans
National/State Standards:
NS 9–12, C/Life Sciences: Interdependence of organisms; F/Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Natural resources, environmental quality
biodiversity, ecosystem, marine reserves, marine protected areas, human practices, Kelp Forest Monitoring, kelp forest, ocean, marine biology, oceans, island, islands
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