Lick-Wilmerding High School

San Francisco, California

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For the 2015-2016 school year, Ms. Gillian Ashenfelter’s marine ecology class at Lick-Wilmerding High School will incorporate a service learning project that consists of educating students at Ulloa Elementary School about the rocky intertidal ecosystem and working alongside the elementary students to collect useful data. The high school students will work with the elementary students all year and teach them about the rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems. Specifically, the high school students will teach them how to gather data on the organisms that live at the rocky intertidal zone and how to gather data on the Pacific mole crab that lives at the sandy beach. This crab is a key food source for birds, sea otters, and other animals of the sandy beach ecosystem. As a culmination to the year, students will take field trips to Ocean Beach and to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where they will collect data that are reported to LIMPETS and made available on its website. Grant funds will go to provide transportation for the field trips.


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