Family Workshops at the Visitor Center

image of remotely operated vehicle and families fishing for crabs

 

Dive deeper into ocean science as a family at our Sanctuary Visitor Center Family Workshops. Led by our team of marine science educators, these weekend workshops are perfect for 4–10 year old budding marine biologists and their families. These exciting hands-on workshops explore a diversity of subjects including Crabs, Plankton, Sharks, Squid, Salmon, Remotely Operated Vehicles, and even BioBlitzes. Fees apply. Scholarships are available. See below for program descriptions and upcoming dates! To sign up for the family workshop email list, contact Courtney Buel at courtney.buel@noaa.gov.

**OPEN FOR REGISTRATION**

Life as a Leatherback Workshop
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm
To register, contact Courtney Buel at courtney.buel@noaa.gov.

Learn what it takes to be the world's largest species of turtle. Participants will discover the life cycle of a Leatherback sea turtle through interactive games and stories. Explore sea turtle skulls and specimens as well as witness real scientific video footage of a Leatherback foraging for food in the sanctuary. Attendees will also team up to assemble a life-size Leatherback model.

Squid for Squirts Workshop
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm
To register, contact Courtney Buel at courtney.buel@noaa.gov.

Intrigued by ink? Tickled by tentacles? Delve into the watery world of cephalopods. Watch a mysterious squid film, learn about amazing squid adaptations and make your own squid print souvenirs. This workshop takes hands-on to a whole new level as participants dissect their own market squids using blunt-nose scissors.

Build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Engineers wanted! Join us for our brand-new Build a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) program. Participants will learn about the important parts of a ROV and how they help scientists discover the mysteries of the deep ocean. They will watch real footage from deep-sea submersible explorations taken in the marine sanctuaries along our California coast. Participants will design and build their own ROV's and test drive them in the water off of our pier classroom!

Build-a-Shark Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Come on down to the Greater Farallones Visitor Center for a naturalist-led shark workshop! Participants will interact with real shark specimens, teeth and skin as well as watch footage of white sharks at the Farallon Islands. The program features our hands-on “Build-a-Shark” activity, where participants will assemble a life-size white shark model, piece by piece.

Plankton Discovery Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Join us for 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. We will also have a projecting microscope to view wriggling and flitting microscopic monsters on the big screen.

Crab Fishing Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Attention all curious crustaceans! Prepare your claws and carapaces for a family event devoted entirely to crabs. Learn about crab anatomy with our crab dress-up costume and naturalist-led dissection of invasive green crabs. Look and touch real live shore crabs and sand crabs. As a grand finale, we will be using crab traps to fish for rock and Dungeness crabs off of our classroom pier.

Salmon Dissection Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Join us for a hands-on exploration of one of California’s most famous fish! Learn about the unique life cycle of salmonids and create your own fish prints using a real Chinook salmon. Participants will get to know salmon both inside and out during our naturalist-led dissection. As an added bonus, kick off your shoes and play our giant hand-painted salmon life cycle game.

BioBlitz Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Embrace your inner naturalist and join our marine science educators for a family BIOBLITZ. The idea is simple: Hunt for as many animals as possible using nets, traps, hooks, and hands. There are crabs, fish, marine snails, birds, worms, and so much more waiting to be discovered! We will be combing the beach, scanning the skies, and searching the waters around our pier classroom.

Octo Lab Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Join us for Octo Lab! Participants will discover one of the oceans most intelligent creatures - the octopus! Teams will measure, weigh, study, touch, and squish their way through the lab using their own defrosted octopus specimen. As the grand finale, we will create octopus stop motion videos as well as octopus prints for you to take home as keep-sakes.

Seabird Sleuthing Workshop
Future Dates To Be Determined
10-11:30 am & 1 pm-2:30 pm

Calling all birders-in-training! Prepare yourselves for a seabird spectacle. Participants will be led on a seabird discovery walk of Crissy Field. Observe pelicans soaring, cormorants diving, and gulls scavenging all through the lens of your own pair of binoculars, which we provide! After the walk, participants will dissect an Albatross bolus. Don't know what that is? Attend to find out!