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Understanding the marine enviornment and the water cycle is critical part of comprehending and appreciating the delicate balance that exists on earth. Equally important for students is to understand that it is a co-existence and people have impact on all water bodies and vice-versa. Whether the students become marine biologists, mathematicians, or musicians, they will integrate their understandings and experiences of the oceans in all that they do.

This course is based on the curriculum designed for educators by the O'Neill Sea Odyssey Program based in Santa Cruz, California.

About This Course

O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer JackO’Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where 4th – 6th grade students from schools throughout Central California receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment.

It can be hard for teachers in landlocked areas of the US to emphasize the importance of the ocean to global environmental health. Through this course based on O'Neill Sea Odyssey curriculum, students will learn that all water on earth is connected and we cannot take an out-of-site-out-of-mind attitude toward ocean health. This curriculum has been developed to encourage teachers across the nation to reach their learning goals through hands-on activities on marine science and conservation. This course is designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to experience the learning about the marine habitat from wherever they live. Curriculum is designed for 4th -6th grade students in US.

Educators who wish to obtain CEU's will have the option of completing all required assignments and obtaining a course completion certificate.


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Course Staff

Laura Barnes

Laura is the Education Coordinator/Instructor at O'Neill Sea Odyssey. She grew up in Santa Barbara where she became interested in the marine environment through diving, sailing, and exploring tidepools. Having been raised in a seagoing family, Laura has worked in harbors for most of her professional life. While attending San Francisco State University she supported herself with various maritime jobs such as sailmaking, spinnaker repair and hosting events for the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association on Hyde Street Pier. After graduating with a degree in Humanities from SFSU, Laura’s fondness for travel led her to Alaska and Canada where she worked as a wilderness guide and as a naturalist for a charter boat on Prince William Sound. Laura joined the OSO crew in 1999. In her spare time she studies dance, yoga and music and enjoys hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband Sean.
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Course Code: MSC210
Course Release: Jan 11, 2017
Estimated Effort: 5 Hours Online
10 Hours Offline

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