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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
The Museum of Ventura County is hosting a special event with Channel Islands National Park to celebrate World Oceans Day, on June 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
"Secrets of the Sea" is part of a larger series of events honoring the National Park Service Centennial, and focuses on ocean stewardship and conservation as a part of international World Oceans Day.
Shark population monitoring along the California coast will be discussed during talks by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research operations specialist Ryan Freedman at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in the museum pavilion.
At 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm, a Live Dive program will be broadcast to the museum from the landing cove on Anacapa Island. Children will be able to ask questions of the rangers and record animals they see during the dive on scientific data sheets.
A popular attraction will be the mobile touch tank with sea critters for children to learn about up close provided by UCSB's Research Experience and Education Facility (REEF). The park's Kelp Forest Monitoring team will demonstrate SCUBA gear and techniques that scientists employ to monitor the kelp forest environment.
Educational activities, including a marine debris game and information about ocean acidification, will be featured at the event. Children's crafts will be available throughout the day, including shark hats, seal masks, fish prints, and a button-maker station. Rangers will deliver educational programs, at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm, on seal and sea lion adaptations. A Junior Ranger station will assist children in completing activity booklets and earning their Junior Ranger badge.
To learn more about these and otherTo learn more about this and other centennial events from Channel Islands National Park, events from Channel Islands National Park, visit www.nps.gov/chis. The National Park Service Centennial honors 100 years of national parks, and sets the stage for another 100 years of helping Americans make meaningful connections to nature, history, and culture.i