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Unique ‘Oceans’ Summer Camp

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Looking for something different for your kids this Summer? A sixth grade teacher in the Irvine Unified School District is leading a unique Summer camp that your kids are not going to want to miss called ‘Oceans.’ Oceans is offered in two, two week sessions to fifth through eighth grade students.

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The class is similar to a junior lifeguard program but without the exercise and lifesaving skills that most junior lifeguard programs focus on. Oceans covers all aspects of the ocean including marine biology, ocean recreation, beach safety, and physical oceanography. Students are taught how to be safe in the ocean by understanding the science behind it.

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Five of the ten class meetings are at the beach. Two additional classes each session will include a visit to Pirate Coast Paddle Company for an introduction to stand-up paddling in Newport’s Back Bay, and a visit to the Ocean Institute in Dana Point where students will board the R/V Sea Explorer for a two hour marine wildlife cruise. Students have the opportunity to snorkel in a kelp forest, surf, body surf, and fish.

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Classroom activities investigate the special adaptations of the ocean’s animals as well as experimentation with the physical dynamics of tides, waves, and ocean currents. We learn to cook clam chowder in one class session. Students must be able to swim in the ocean.

The class is offered through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Academy. Tuition for the June 29-July 10 nine day session is $350.00 and for the July 13-July 24 ten day session is $375.00. Tuition covers lab fees, field trip transportation, and equipment use. The Summer camp is open to any child inside or outside of Irvine, and begins and ends at Oak Creek Elementary School in Irvine.

The camp is expected to fill-up quickly so we encourage parents

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