Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Exploring the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo credit: Louise Ann NoethExploring the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo credit: Louise Ann Noeth.The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is one of our nation's most treasured marine areas. The sanctuary exists to provide protection to this nationally significant area and ensure that future generations are able to use and enjoy it. That means that NOAA manages the sanctuary to both conserve its resources and encourage uses that are compatible with conservation. NOAA also seeks to provide comprehensive and coordinated Sanctuary management in a way that complements existing regulatory authorities.

Catching the Big One…Fishing for the Future

Canalino Elementary Student. Photo credit: Kim MarmeCanalino Elementary Student. Photo credit: Kim Marme.Last Fall, through a grant opportunity with Every Kid in the Park, over one hundred 4th grade students took the day off school to go fishing–catch and release style! For most, this was their first time going out on a boat to fish and explore the ocean. Armed only with their curiosity, fish identification guides, and rods and reels, these students were able to get up close and personal with local fish such as mackerel, kelp bass, California halibut, white seabass, and lingcod.

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Friends of Rollo collaborated with Stardust Sportfishing to provide this opportunity for students to explore the luscious kelp forests and rocky reefs off the Santa Barbara Coast. The crew aboard the Stardust worked closely with students, first introducing them to the fishing tackle gear and then teaching best practices for catch and release fishing. Channel Islands Naturalist Corp Volunteers were on hand to help identify the abundant sea lions, dolphins and seabirds they encountered as they plied the waters through the Santa Barbara Channel.

Before heading out to sea, marine scientists with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provided students with an overview of the diverse marine life teeming off the Santa Barbara coast and discussed why the Channel Islands are a special place protected as both a National Marine Sanctuary and National Park. Overall, it was a great day at sea for these kids. They experienced an ocean environment that is abundant with life. Fortunately, the weather was picture perfect with calm seas and sunny skies, a boater’s paradise and a great way to introduce these kids to their ocean backyard off the Santa Barbara coast. Hopefully these new ocean enthusiasts will come back with their families, to share with them the ocean bounty that thrives off our coast.

Contact: Julie Bursek
Team Lead Education and Outreach
Phone: (805) 893-6422

2017 National Public Lands Day Registration is Now Open

NPLD Registration is openTo encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some boating, hiking, fishing, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, we invite you to take this day to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the lands that give us so much.

Follow NEEF on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates and engage with the community through the hashtag #NPLD.

Learn more about how outdoor activity impacts our health, and how our public lands and wildlife are impacted by a changing climate.

#NPLD is happening on September 30th, 2017!

Stay tuned for registration information, partners, sites, and more! https://www.neefusa.org/pld-registration.

New Curriculum Resource from the BLM

New BLM CurriculumThe Classroom Investigation Series unit about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) mission and how the agency’s founding law focused and shaped that mission is now available online in PDF format. The unit’s three activities introduce students to public lands, the history of the BLM’s precursor agency all the way back to 1812, and how citizens can help influence land use decisions today.

Although designed for middle school students, the unit can be adapted for high school and upper elementary levels. The activities encourage students to examine the principles of “multiple use and  sustained yield,” research segments of the BLM’s historical timeline, and identify ways citizens can participate in the land use planning process. Students engage diverse cognitive skills such as interpreting graphics and assessing various civic action strategies.

More Information: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/CI_flpma.pdf

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