Research Vessel Robert G. Brownlee

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Delta Diablo (District) is proud to sponsor educational voyages for 5th grade students. In cooperation with the Mount Diablo School District and Contra Costa Water District, over 40 schools in our service area participated last year. In addition to fully funding the voyages, the District also covers the cost of bus transportation.

Students join the Marine Science Institute crew for a four-hour expedition of the Delta aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee. They spend a half-day as scientists, discovering the Delta's ecosystem and discussing their own roles within it. Students collect and examine plankton, run hydrology tests, and observe wetland ecology from the ship. They delve through mud samples, discovering the fascinating invertebrates that thrive at the river's bottom. Students also use a trawl net to catch a wide variety of fish species. They then identify the fish with a dichotomous key, and before releasing, measure each fish for MSI's monitoring program. This program offers students the chance to enjoy the natural vitality of this area while learning valuable scientific skills. They also see first hand the relationship between inappropriate human behavior (e.g., dumping paint or oil into drains) and their watershed.
        
Cost: Free to 5th grade students in Antioch, Bay Point, and Pittsburg

For Info: Angela Lowrey 925.756.1945 or Marine Science Institute

DDV 2011 

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