First Day of Sea Odyssey Classes
To kick off O'Neill Sea Odyssey's 2017-2018 school year, two 5th grade classes from Von Renner Elementary traveled from their Newman, CA campus, nearly 100 miles away, to spend the day on Monterey Bay. Despite their early morning departure, the students, teachers, and chaperones arrived in good spirits and excited for the days adventure. For all 52 students, this was their first time participating with O'Neill Sea Odyssey and as their teacher, Miriam Rempel, pointed out, "This is the first time most have been on the ocean." Together with teacher, Mary Beth Roe, the Sea Odyssey lessons and hands-on experience will be used to build on their marine ecology program throughout the year.
Under the overcast afternoon sky, Miss Roe's class was accompanied by a special guest alongside OSO Executive Director, Dan Haifley. Following along with the Bottlenose Dolphin group in their on-board navigation lesson, Santa Cruz Harbor Port Director, Marian Olin, took to the helm for a chance to steer the Team O'Neill catamaran. If only she would have taken us to Hawaii!
Thank you, Director Olin, for joining our Von Renner class on the bay, as well as, participating in the marine biology classroom lesson to observe the students' plankton sample. We're grateful for your support and dedication.