Thacher Montessori students write their own song!

Last week our students at Thacher Montessori school finished up the song they had been working on (they wrote all of the lyrics themselves). It stresses the need to protect the ocean and all of the animals that rely on it so that "kids can thrive!" Here is a picture of the chorus so you can sing along while you listen to the kids sing. We are so proud of all of their hard work!

Special thanks to Thacher Montessori School music teacher Victor McSurley for helping record and edit the students' song!

Update on Thacher Montessori Program

Last week at Thacher Montessori School our students made their own estuary! They got the chance to explore the good and not so good things that end up in these vital organs of their local environment. Plus, each student got to bring home their creation so they could teach their family and friends about estuaries and what they can do to protect them. We can't wait for next week!
#becomecurious #environment #estuary

An example of one of the student's finished product!

An example of one of the student's finished product!

OPAK visits Wicked Cool Autumn Welcome at Cape Greenough

On Saturday, October 29th OPAK Co-Founders Melanie Colby and Jeffrey Morgan visited the Wicked Cool Autumn Welcome at Cape Greenough in West Yarmouth, MA. The event was hosted by the Cape Cod Scouting Council and was focused on welcoming the fall season, Halloween, and most importantly:  Science!  There were many participants and even more scouts than any one could have hoped for.

OPAK was busy teaching about Plankton & Plastic. Jeffrey was explaining to students how the two topics were intertwined and the necessity to reduce marine pollution. While, Melanie was instructing the scouts (and some parents) on the importance of arts and advocacy by getting the participants to create a personal message on watercolor bookmarks.

OPAK looks forward to participating in more events with the Cape Cod Scouts in the future!

Wellfleet Oyster Festival was a success, even without the raw oysters!

OPAK had the opportunity to join the Wellfleet Oyster Festival today for a recurrence of the event that certainly will not be forgotten. This year there were no raw oysters available from the Wellfleet hatcheries because of a suspected outbreak of a virus coming from the oysters that causes stomach problems. Typically, the raw oysters from Wellfleet steal the spotlight, but this year ironically issues like Marine Pollution took center stage. In the future, visitors to the festival should remember how oysters are impacted by water quality and marine pollution. This way all oyster aficionados become ocean advocates, too.

OPAK encourages you to take a look into some of the guests of the event this year, including, but not limited to:  5Gyers Institute, Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA, NOAA, Ocean Conservancy, and the multitude of local artists who came out to display their stuff today. And above all to remember the power of local activism that was shown through the Festival thanks to the Wellfleet Recycling efforts and the innovative of SPAT and Festival organizers to put recycling at the forefront of the event. We are looking forward to enjoying more oysters in the future, but we are also pleased that citizens from near and far still came out today to support the local community and the organizations that put a lot of work into being a part of the Festival!

We also hope to have a seat at the event next year so we can show off all that our students have done for the Cape environment!

This poster was displayed at the entrance to the festival today in Wellfleet, MA. Great to see the planet coming first for a change.

This poster was displayed at the entrance to the festival today in Wellfleet, MA. Great to see the planet coming first for a change.

OPAK takes on the Hometown

Over Labor Day weekend Co-Directors Melanie Colby and Jeffrey Morgan visited their hometowns to remind them of what made them curious during their childhoods. While a lot has changed as Melanie and Jeffrey have grown up, some major underlying threats to the ocean and its surrounding environment have been left unattended. It is time to get more kids curious so that we can change the status qu.

Melanie and Jeffrey visit Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey on their trip to their hometowns. Melanie grew up down the road from the Lighthouse in Highlands, NJ.

Melanie and Jeffrey visit Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey on their trip to their hometowns. Melanie grew up down the road from the Lighthouse in Highlands, NJ.