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Monterey Bay Aquarium Partnership

What does the partnership mean for PVUSD?

Benefits to PVUSD teachers and students:

  • priority selection for Aquarium professional development opportunities
  • priority selection for FREE Aquarium field trips
  • professional development opportunities offered at PVUSD school sites
  • customized professional development opportunities for PVUSD schools
  • priority selection for Aquarium teen programs

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Aquarium Summer Teacher Institutes

This summer, re-energize with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Teacher Institutes, and spark your students’ desire to explore, investigate and understand their world!

Come to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to expand your knowledge and enhance your practice!

• Current classroom teachers (priority given to teams)
• *Must have completed Coastal Systems Teacher Institute Level 1 in the past
• **Must have completed Project-Based Science Institute Level 1 in the past

What will you get?
• Activities and resources that support NGSS and CCSS in the classroom and field
• Ideas for tech integration
• Special Aquarium access
• A stipend
• An opportunity to earn continuing education units for an additional fee
• So much more!

Complete details and applications can be found at Monterey Bay Aquarium PD Opportunities.

Middle School Programs

Young Women in Science (YWS)

This week-long, summer day-camp is designed to get young women excited about and involved in science, the ocean and conservation. Through a variety of hands-on field activities, we strive to increase their knowledge and to spark a personal connection with the natural world that will lead them to become future stewards of the ocean. Girls get the opportunity to explore ocean habitats by joining in activities such as surface scuba diving, boogie boarding and kayaking.

We aim to serve young women regardless of primary language or economic background. We offer two camps in the summer that are conducted bilingually in both English and Spanish. Young women entering grades 7 or 8, who reside in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, are eligible to apply.

For more information and details for this current year please go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Programs website linked here.


Student Oceanography Club (SOC)

The Student Oceanography Club (SOC) is a program for middle school students, ages 11 to 14, who are interested in learning about marine science and ocean conservation and who would like to make a difference in their local communities.

SOC aims to empower teens to make a difference while having fun! Over the course of the school year, students will visit scientific institutions and meet scientists, work with other teens and learn about ocean conservation while participating in hands-on activities. Participants must commit to attending monthly meetings at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, participating in all field experiences and completing and presenting a community conservation project with the support of both the teen and adult SOC communities.

Students can apply to join SOC as part of a team consisting of three to five students plus an adult project advisor. Team members can be from the same school or different schools as long as they work together on the same project. Project advisors can be teachers, community members or other adults who are poised to help with the project. Project advisors will guide their team members throughout the school year as they complete their projects in their local communities.

The application process for the 2014–15 school year is now closed.

For more information about SOC, e-mail Teen Programs at

Join WATCH High School Program!

Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats

What is WATCH?

WATCH is a year-long high school program consisting of two parts: a two week summer program and an
elective science class during the following school year.

During the summer you’ll explore the Pajaro River Watershed, from the mountains to the dunes. We’ll hike, boogie board and more while meeting local scientists, learning about local conservation issues and restoring habitats.

During the school year, you’ll use what you learned in the summer to design your own outdoor environmental science project and create positive impacts in your community.

Students who complete the WATCH program earn community service hours, elective science credit, and are eligible for a scholarship up to $1,000!

How can you JOIN?

Apply NOW! Talk to your WATCH science teacher today!

PVHS: Mr. Martindale 
WHS: Ms. Ciandro 
AHS: Mr. Goeckerman 

You can also call or email Enrique Melgoza for more information at:
(831) 915-1885

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