Sixty years ago, in 1962, a marine biologist published a book about humans’ powerful and often adverse effects on the natural world. The book Silent Spring explained how chemicals used in agriculture pollute our streams, harm birds and animals, and make humans sick. Thanks to her book, people changed their views of science and influenced the government to change its laws to help keep our environment safer and cleaner.
We will repeat some of Rachel Carson’s work by examining our San Francisco environment. Using scientific tools, we will collect and study water samples to test our ponds and ocean for pH, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and salinity levels. By dissecting fish, we will learn about the different ways fish can survive in cold water and understand its limits to dealing with pollution. We will create our own tidepool and watch how an “oil spill” damages it. As we visit a tidepool, we will view and assess diversity in the water and the sky. We will foster our love of planet Earth through many activities and games and learn how science can help us save our environment.
Campers will be using MUNI to travel to China Beach, Golden Gate Park, and the Embarcadero.