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Channel Islands Live Dive: Grades 3 - 5

from Channel Islands National Park

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Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger SCUBA diver through an interactive distance learning program. The lesson focuses on the kelp forest and the diversity of organisms that rely on kelp for survival. The park ranger and students discuss the role of kelp in the food web and how its internal and external macroscopic structures allow it to survive in the marine environment. Life cycles of organisms are discussed. Effects of environmental change on kelp forests are explored. Students make, record, and discuss observations about the organisms seen.

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20 - 30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Career Education, Sciences, Technology/Information Science, Best Practice National Parks

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)Free Downloadable Videoconferencing software

Booking Information

This Channel Islands Live program is offered year round on Wednesdays between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). Alternative dates and times may be arranged. Please do not sign up directly through CILC for this program. For information on how to sign up and prepare for your live broadcast, please visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm

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Program cancellations should be made as much in advance as possible.

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Channel Islands National Park

Ventura, CA
United States

Channel Islands Live provides free standards-based distance learning programs and webcams. During live, interactive broadcasts from Anacapa Island, students can ask questions to a park ranger as they dive through towering kelp forests and see dramatic island resources.

The webcams connect viewers to bald eagle nests, seabird rookeries, and the underwater kelp forest.

Channel Islands Live

Program Details


For information on the program format, please visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm


Objectives addressed:

•Explain the role of photosynthesis in the functioning of marine ecosystems.
•Explain why photosynthesis is essential to the survival of humans and human communities.
•Provide examples of how humans and human communities can influence the process of photosynthesis and thus the flow of matter and energy within the kelp forest.

Essential questions:

•How does change in an ecosystem affect the entire ecosystem?
•What affect do humans have on ecosystems?

Standards Alignment

National Standards

We are currently updating our programs to the Common Core (CC) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).