Summer 2019 Workshops

We are excited to be offering our third summer of marine science, art and advocacy workshops in the Chatham area. Please note that workshops meet at different locations and have different times. This summer we are offering workshops for middle school and high school students, as well as, workshops for all ages! Workshops are listed in chronological order. As always, please contact us with any questions.  

 

Workshops for students entering grades 5-8:

Jr. Ocean Detectives

Date/Time: July 22nd, 10:30am-4pm

Location: Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Price: $52

Learn how to be an oceanographer this summer when you join us for an afternoon of ocean discovery! OPAK Jr. Ocean Detectives will participate in a hands-on ocean scavenger hunt at a local estuary that includes numerous ocean chemistry experiments, microscopes, various nets and a horseshoe crab lesson. Upon returning to the Marconi Center, students will get the opportunity to create their very own ocean masterpieces reflecting their time at the waterfront and record their findings in an international water quality database. Upon registration you will also need to fill out CMMC's registration forms which can be found on their website or here.


A Seal’s Life 1 (SOLD OUT)

Date/Time: July 23rd, 10:30am-4pm

Location: Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Price: $65

Seals are so much more than Shark Food. This workshop will uncover the mystery behind our furry friends. Learn how to distinguish pinnipeds (seal’s family) from each other while investigating their molting patterns, habitat, diet and population size all through a series of interactive games and activities. The day will include a local boat trip to a seal haul out with a seal expert to examine these fascinating animals up close. To wrap things up we will get a lesson on landscape art and how to use it to promote ocean advocacy. Upon registration you will also need to fill out CMMC's registration forms which can be found on their website or here.


A Seal’s Life 2 (No Longer Available)

Students under the age of 8 MUST have a parent register with them to attend.

Date/Time: August 7th, 10:00am-3:30pm

Location: Chatham, MA (Pick Up/Drop OFF Location TBD)

Price: $65

Seals are so much more than Shark Food. This workshop will uncover the mystery behind our furry friends. Learn how to distinguish pinnipeds (seal’s family) from each other while investigating their molting patterns, habitat, diet and population size all through a series of interactive games and activities. The day will include a local boat trip to a seal haul out with a seal expert to examine these fascinating animals up close. To wrap things up we will get a lesson on landscape art and how to use it to promote ocean advocacy.


A Whale of a Time

Date/Time: July 24th, 1-4pm, July 25th, 9am-5pm, july 26th, 1-4pm

Location: Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Price: $142

Music is everywhere. Even in the sea! This interactive 3-day workshop explores the connection between music and nature both on land and in the sea. Students will participate in a scientific study of whales, their diets and how they communicate! We will even get out on the ocean for a real whale watch field trip! After becoming whale experts, using inspiration from musicians of the past and present, students will create a music project of their very own! Some other activities during the 3 days include: making whale blubber (aka slime), using microscopes to look at whale food and creating 3D whale migration maps. Upon registration you will also need to fill out CMMC's registration forms which can be found on their website or here.


Marine Megafauna Workshop

Register for Jr. Ocean Detectives, A Seal’s Life and A Whale of a Time for $238 (July 22nd-26th). That is 8% OFF!


Planet Ocean 101

Date/Time: August 5th-6th, 9am-1pm

Location: Cape Cod Community Media Center (Dennis, MA)

Price: $108

Join the cast and crew of Planet Ocean 101 at the Cape Cod Community Media Center! In this two-day workshop, participants will participate in ocean science activities and film their very own show! Get involved in informing the Cape Cod community about the biggest challenges our oceans face today. Upon registration you will also need to fill out CCCMC’s consent form and media waiver.


 

Workshops for students entering grades 9-12:

Please check back for Summer 2020 Options in the Winter.

You can also see our high school workshops we offer during the school year here.



 

Workshops for all ages:

A Seal’s Life 2 (No Longer Available)

Students under the age of 8 MUST have a parent register with them to attend.

Date/Time: August 7th, 10:00am-3:30pm

Location: Chatham, MA (Pick Up/Drop OFF Location TBD)

Price: $65

Seals are so much more than Shark Food. This workshop will uncover the mystery behind our furry friends. Learn how to distinguish pinnipeds (seal’s family) from each other while investigating their molting patterns, habitat, diet and population size all through a series of interactive games and activities. The day will include a local boat trip to a seal haul out with a seal expert to examine these fascinating animals up close. To wrap things up we will get a lesson on landscape art and how to use it to promote ocean advocacy.

Marsh Critters Scavenger Hunt

Dates/Times: Saturday August 10th, 11am-2pm

Location: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Price: FREE (Suggested Donation of $10 per person, Registration still required!)

Some are creepy, some are crawly, some are just plain cool! From prehistoric horseshoe crabs to slimy eels, get up close with science experiments and activities that involve the ecology of local marshes on Cape Cod. Marshes provide a nursery for many marine creatures and are in need of protection. Participants will take part in OPAK’s Marsh Scavenger Hunt to learn about the amazing critters of the marsh they visit! This summer we will be visiting Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge!


 

Group Workshops:

New for summer 2019: OPAK is now offering both field trip and classroom based programming for day Camps overnight camps, community centers and More! Leave the planning to us! Each workshop has a fun ocean theme!

Field Trip Based:

Jr. Ocean Detectives (4 hours)

Each drop of ocean water can tell us a lot! Join us to discover the microscopic world of plankton through a marine scavenger hunt. Each student will conduct numerous ocean chemistry experiments and have an opportunity to use microscopes, catch their own plankton and even record their data in an international database (all out in the field!). This exciting adventure will finish with an ocean-themed art project!

Songs of the Sea (4-7 hours, dependent on field trip)

Music is everywhere. Even in the sea! This interactive workshop explores the connection between music and nature both on land and in the sea. Students will participate in a scientific study of whales, their diets, and how they communicate! We might even get out on the ocean for a real whale watch field trip! After becoming whale experts, using inspiration from musicians of the past and present, students will create a music project of their very own!

Email Jeffrey Morgan at jmorgan@opakedu.org for pricing information.

Classroom Based:

Plankton & Plastics (90 minutes)

Plastic's permanent and abundant presence in our oceans has become a major research topic across many fields. However, not everyone realizes that plastic is harmful across the entire marine food web. This workshop will illustrate how plastic has infiltrated the planktonic marine environment, introduce what plankton are and show students easy ways they can protect the ocean.

Email Jeffrey Morgan at jmorgan@opakedu.org for pricing information.