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Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove

San Simeon State Park at WR Hearst Memorial Beach
San Simeon, CA 93452

Phone: (805) 927-6575

Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program. Visitors will help fulfill weekly monitoring requirements for the California Department of Public Health by taking measurements and samples with equipment deployed from the pier (secchi disc, plankton net, water sampler, etc.) as well as measure pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity and temperature, and collect a live plankton sample for research use. Visitors will then examine their plankton sample under a video microscope at the Center, where they will learn about ocean plankton and its role in the ecosystem, identification of plankton, and harmful algal blooms along the midcoast. Results will be sent to a state lab as part of the CDPH Marine Monitoring Program.

Citizen science fulfills a great need for resource protection of our natural coastal resources. It helps to establish scientific baselines and increases stewardship through public education and action. Visitors love learning and appreciate the opportunity to participate in real science! This program is statewide and its success depends on citizen scientists.

Stewardship Travel Options:
*Learning Activity/Outing
*Educational Center
*Conservation/Heritage Stewardship Donation Opportunity

Features & Amenities

  • Beaches
  • Kid Friendly
  • State Parks & Outdoor Activities
  • Stewardship Donation Opportunities
  • Stewardship Travel Activities

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