There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the HSMC Visitor Center. You can explore the Visitor Center's exhibits on your own, attend one of our public programs, arrange a private class for your homeschool group and/or attend our Homeschool Day events held in the fall and spring.

ZooplanktonWeird Science

Fall Family Home School Day

Friday, October 20, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Science can be pretty strange - especially in the ocean!  Families will come explore the bizarre habitats and animals of the ocean and how scientists explore the extreme environments.  Each family will choose a track to follow for the day.  All tracks are for all ages, but we do have suggestions depending on the age of your family members.  If your family is mostly young, the Tubeworm track is the best option.  For very mixed ages we suggest the Zoea track.  Mostly older children?  We suggest the Serpent track. 

All families must contain at least one adult and they must stay with children throughout the event.  Pre-registeration is required and space is limited.  Registration will open Monday, August 28, 2017 and is $25.00 per participant (adults are considered participants).

Want more?  The Oregon Coast Aquarium is hosting a Home School Sleep Over on Thursday, October 19.  Mention your registration to Weird Science for a $5.00 per person discount.   For more information click here!

 

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Program Descriptions

Tubeworms

Zoea Serpents

Gutless Wonders – Come explore the wonders of the deepest part of the oceans – hydrothermal vents!  Learn about these amazing environments and some of the bizarre creatures that call them home, including the amazing tubeworm that has no stomach.  Then make your own deep-sea tubeworm to take home.

Exploring the Abyss – Dive to the bottom of the sea to discover how scientists explore the bottom of the ocean.  Families will analyze data from a simulated multibeam sonar system to create three-dimensional maps that show ocean sea floor ridges and trenches, and explain how tectonic processes produce these features.

Microscopic Monsters – Did you know the ocean is filled with tiny MONSTERS?  Use plankton nets to collect samples of these miniature monsters, then identify plankton using microscopes in this combination field and lab program. Students will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms. Boots are required for this program, as students need to wade into the estuary to collect plankton samples, rain gear recommended.

Microscopic Monsters – Did you know the ocean is filled with tiny MONSTERS?  Use plankton nets to collect samples of these miniature monsters, then identify plankton using microscopes in this combination field and lab program. Students will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms. Boots are required for this program, as students need to wade into the estuary to collect plankton samples, rain gear recommended.

Gutless Wonders – Come explore the wonders of the deepest part of the oceans – hydrothermal vents!  Learn about these amazing environments and some of the bizarre creatures that call them home, including the amazing tubeworm that has no stomach.  Then make your own deep-sea tubeworm to take home.

Exploring the Abyss – Dive to the bottom of the sea to discover how scientists explore the bottom of the ocean.  Families will analyze data from a simulated multibeam sonar system to create three-dimensional maps that show ocean sea floor ridges and trenches, and explain how tectonic processes produce these features.

Marine Mystery – Become a private eye as we investigate who murdered Seymour Coral.  Students learn about the causes of coral reef destruction by assuming various character roles in this marine murder-mystery.  Examine the crime scene, question the suspects and follow the clues to find Seymour’s killer and the kidnapped zooxanthellae.

Microscopic Monsters – Did you know the ocean is filled with tiny MONSTERS?  Use plankton nets to collect samples of these miniature monsters, then identify plankton using microscopes in this combination field and lab program. Students will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms. Boots are required for this program, as students need to wade into the estuary to collect plankton samples, rain gear recommended.

Slimy Serpents – Learn all about the most disgusting ocean animal – the Pacific Hagfish (a.k.a. Slime Eel).  Families will examine the very unique adaptations of these primitive fish and why they are an important fishery in Oregon.

 

Parent Feedback about Homeschool Day:

"As always the teachers are stellar, the experiments are fresh and new, and the curriculum appeals to all our family in different ways . . . Thank you for a high quality experience. We will be back again for sure!"

"The teachers were knowledgeable, organized, focused and made the learning fun. It was and excellent day! I would definitely recommend this to other home school families!"


For information and answers to your questions, contact:

Kathryn Hawes
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365
541-867-0233
SeaGrantMarineEd@oregonstate.edu

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