Call of the Sea’s Curricular Commitment
Our world is changing, and our mission at Call of the Sea is to empower youth to serve as environmental stewards.
How does Call of the Sea ensure that the educational programs we offer fulfill our mission?
We collaborate. In the past few months, we have met with multiple youth programs and state- and federal-level agencies. We strive to ensure that what we offer fills a niche in the ecosystem of outdoor educational opportunities and enhances what happens in the classroom.
We are grateful to Bay Area Discovery Museum, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Sonoma Water District, Contra Costa Water District, and Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) for hosting Call of the Sea. We are having conversations about creating an Environmental Literacy Collaborative, enhancing collaboration in support of California Senate Bill 720.
We innovate. We know from our feedback forms that different age groups ask different questions after going on a sail. We see exciting opportunities to cater our curriculum to each school grade level. We will be creating a new field trip guide for 2019 to share with parents, teachers, and students, and we will have a menu of options for educational experiences that support curiosity-driven learning, Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
A key part of innovation is measurement and assessment. We strive to ensure that the curricular material we are creating has a lasting impact, and we can only know this if we track and measure our impact.
We co-create. Which stories and details inspire you from your experiences at sea? What do your students, children, and grandchildren ask you about science, sailing, and the ocean? We welcome input from our community to make our field trip guide and programs even better.
There are incredible programs all around the Bay Area, and Call of the Sea is committed to serving the grade levels and schools that are currently underserved. By co-creating our educational programs, we can ensure that our field trips and voyages fulfill the unmet needs of California teachers, parents, and students.
Share in the creation of an educational experience that lasts a lifetime. Email our director of education, Dax Ovid, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of Call of the Sea’s Curricular Commitment.
Experiential Learning at Our Core
Sustainability On & Off the Water
Environmental Stewardship and Action
Teaching and learning happens beyond talking and listening. The theory of environmental stewardship must be backed by the practice of being a steward (what the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire would call “praxis”).
Call of the Sea is grateful for the ideas and practices of fellow leaders in environmental stewardship. The California Coastal Commission brings the practice of the coastal clean-up to all students by offering guidelines for a schoolyard cleanup. At Call of the Sea, students experience first-hand the connection between trash on shore and marine debris. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) offers the lesson plan “There is No Away” to emphasize the connection between what we throw away and what we find in out coastal clean-ups and on-the-water. We are inspired by YESS Marin (Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science), a program supporting young people to take action and engage in climate change solutions in their communities.
Participants in our sailing programs, whether it’s a field trip for younger students or a community sail for older students, are encouraged to make connections with the natural systems of San Francisco Bay, the coast, and the ocean. We encourage participants to ask questions at the intersection of human and natural systems through hands-on inquiry. We facilitate field experiences in a phenomena-rich setting.
After you sail with us, what claim can you make (based on evidence from your experience on the sail) about being an environmental steward? Let us work together to provide pathways for action for this generation.
Share in the creation of an educational experience that lasts a lifetime. Email our director of education, Dax Ovid, Ph.D., at email@example.com to be part of Call of the Sea’s Environmental Stewardship Action.
Every choice counts.
From Voyage Seaward to Maine Maritime Academy
An interview with Mikaela Pitre:
As a child, I spent my summers in Santa Cruz, California, where I could attend Marine Science camps at the Long Marine Lab in the University of Santa Cruz’s Seymour Center. Subsequently, I attended the summer program Camp Sea Lab on the Schooner Seaward, in association with California State Monterey University. During the summer of 2015, while with Camp Sea Lab, I helped to collect and assess samples of water from the Monterey Bay, specifically to test for the amounts of plastic particles in the bay. Though not required by Camp Sea Lab, out of curiosity, I wanted to follow up on the results of the water samples. I was directed to Acadia Institute of Oceanography (AIO) in Maine. With a recommendation from my high school Biology teacher, I was fortunate to get into AIO for their advanced summer program in 2016. During my time at AIO, we were given the opportunity to tour one of three local colleges, and I chose Maine Maritime Academy(MMA). Now as a student of MMA I have the opportunity to attain a dual degree in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations. This will allow me to study the world’s oceans in more depth, and it will provide opportunities for me to operate and navigate boats. I can then share with others what I’ve learned, through my education, and my work in the field of Marine Biology.
If you or someone you know is interested in having a middle-schooler participate in Voyage Seaward, see the dates for summer 2019 and register here! Space is limited.