On June 23, 2012, the third Planet Water program, Shipley to the Ocean, was enjoyed by 60 guests. Families learned about how pollution reaches the ocean and how they can make a difference. Puppeteers acted out the problem of trash entering the ocean by the way of street gutters and storm drains. Children interacted with Olover Ocean to sort out ocean bound trash that could be recycled.
Children made wrist bands to remind them of the best practices that will result in a healthier ocean. Each bead represented a behavior they will follow in the future. A list of the most common beach litter was shared with participants.
The picture book All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper was read to small groups to further educate visitors about how trash thrown on streets and down gutters ends up in the ocean.
A mural was created that contrasted a healthy ocean compared to one filled with pollution. Children drew pictures to show what is found in healthy water verses what is found in polluted waters.
Microscopes and other visuals helped families learn the importance of kelp forests to the health of the ocean. The leaders allowed visitors to play a game to showing ways to take care of our kelp forests. Redwood forests were compared to kelp forests to show how they are similiar.
A golf game gave children a fun way to learn how water flows from the mountain watershed to the ocean. They were introduced to the concept of urban runoff and how it effects the rivers and oceans.
The tour told the story of how Freeman Creek was once used by native americans to navigate to the ocean for their food and other needs.
For the first time visitors were introduced to online programs that educate young adults about the ocean. Parents were given educational web sites including Project Wet(Water Education for Teachers). Children were guided on the computer to play games that give information of how the ocean is being polluted and what they can do to reduce this problem.
Thanks to 25 dedicated volunteers, families had an entertaining and educational afternoon learning the importance of keeping our oceans healthy.