Plastic Free for the Sea
As Mermaids we want to inspire youth to envision and create the world that they want to live in while also fostering concern for ocean health. Educating children in a way that is creative, hands-on, experiential and meaningful encourages students to become more confident in their understanding and appreciation of our marine environment. The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water. Each of us is interlinked by water; we are all connected through our rivers, lakes, watersheds, beaches, coastal lines, and coastal waters. As Mermaids we understand the challenge for students to connect with such a vast space of blue, more than 95% of the underwater world remains to be explored!
From each of our education programs we aspire to show how beautiful the vast blue is and help students to understand how ocean topics are interconnected with each of their actions, and how they as individuals can help make a difference. The ocean plays such an integral role in sustaining all life on Earth. Protecting, nurturing, understanding, playing, and creating in this resource is vital for all age groups.
Save the Mermaids offers a wide-range of programs for students (k-12) kindergarten age to college! We offer a wide-array of programs, from single presentations for schools, education programs, to field trips. In-class lessons, workshops, and field trips are available for public and private schools, after school education, camps, or clubs.
Save the Mermaids Field-trip Programs
Save the Mermaids have partnered with many local groups in town to help bring students out onto the ocean or into ocean educational environments. Through “hands-on” experiences we strive to educate and excite students about our coastal waters and make them feel responsible to create change that will directly affect the oceans health. Each of our field-trips is paired with our education program in order to help students understand the marine environment. The topics that we explore are marine debris, marine wildlife, marine ecology, ocean health, beach erosion, water quality, watersheds, and sustainable farming. Each of our topics directly correlates to how they affect the quality of our ocean environment. Field trips can either be apart of the Mermaid Challenge or can done by themselves. Please contact us for pricing and scholarship information.
Please note that the Mermaids participating all have CPR Rescue Certification, First Aid Responder OMRP (Ocean Management Rescue Program Certification) in order to lead field-trips.
Channel Islands Adventure Grades 4-12
The Channel Islands National Park is known as one of the most unique and bio-diverse regions in the entire world! It boasts over 145 species found no where else on earth. Over ten percent of the blue whales that exist on this planet travel through this corridor. We primarily visit Santa Cruz Island, known to the Chumash as Lemu. Save the Mermaids and Channel Islands Outfitters partner to bring students on this once in a life-time adventure. Kayaking through sea-caves, hiking to diatomaceous trails along beautiful bluffs and snorkeling through magical kelp forests. Each adventure is tailored to specific needs for group ages and dynamics. This activity is an Channel Islands Adventure Award for students that have completed their Mermaid Challenge Projects
Beach Cleanup Grades K-12
Students participate in a short presentation that focuses on marine debris, ocean currents, watersheds, photo-degradation, and the individual responsibility to use-less and waste-less ½ hour. Afterwards students take action, perform a beach clean-up, and document all their findings 1 hour. Clean up materials provided by Save the Mermaids.
Kayak Day Grades 4-12
Kayak or Paddle Board Day: Students participate in a fun, outdoor activity to connect them to the ocean. This 2 hour field-trip is outfitted by Channel Islands Outfitters and takes place in the Santa Barbara Harbor, or off Leadbetter Beach. Students kayak out of the harbor on a tour, we travel to the green buoys just outside of the harbor to visit the sea lions and discuss local marine wildlife, or head out from Leadbetter beach to the kelp forest and learn about cetacean migration and pinnipeds. This activity is an Ocean Day Award for students that have completed their Mermaid Challenge Projects.
Kayak and Cleanup Day: Pick up local trash off many beaches. Students start in the Santa Barbara Harbor and kayak to Shoreline, pick up trash and hopefully find a snowy plover or two, and then kayak to West Beach and pick up trash. Depending on time, and students flexibility we can travel over to the buoys in the harbor and visit the sea lions. This activity occurs with the Mermaid Challenge and is part of their clean-up action requirements.
Stand-up Paddleboard Day Grades 4-12
Students participate in a fun, outdoor activity, that helps to inspire a connection and love for our ocean. This 2 hour field trip is outfitted by Channel Islands Outfitters and takes place in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Students meet at the Paddle Sports Center location in the SB Harbor and get into wetsuits or paddling tops. Next a CIO guide will demonstrate the basics of SUPing. Students paddle out to kelp bed of Leadbetter beach and discuss marine wildlife and wildlife migration topics specific to the Santa Barbara Channel. This fun field-trip gives students a chance to build confidence in the water, and gives them a unique perspective to view fish, seal, sea lions, sea otters, and dolphins swimming below or above the surface of the water. This activity is an Ocean Day Award for students that have completed their Mermaid Challenge Projects
Arroyo Burro Estuary Grades K-12
Students participate in activities to understand our local estuaries, watersheds and how to protect them. They complete a lab that discusses brackish water, fish migration, estuary ecosystems, the sources of water pollution, solution to pollution, the effects of plastic debris and water contamination on the estuary habitat. This field-trip is (when completed with longer Mermaid Challenge Programs) co-lectured by biologist Joel Mulder. Joel Mulder has a range of experience in ecological studies, focusing primarily on freshwater ecology, with extensive experience in aquatic habitats and endemic fishes and amphibians in California. If time permits can include beach clean-up with or without the lab. This activity can either occur with the Mermaid Challenge or be a separate field-trip day where Mermaids give a single presentation on one of our local environments and the challenges it faces
Water Quality Lab Grades 4-12
Students visit the Goleta Slough to perform a lab on water quality. In partnership with Channel Keeper, Save the Mermaids focuses on the three important values of clean water, is it: Drinkable, swimmable, or fishable. Students sample water to find bacteria, salinity, PH levels and more. This lab helps students understand the connection between our daily lives and clean healthy watersheds, and how they will affect the ocean. This is a hands on educational field-trip that can be added on as an activity for our Mermaid challenge.
Marine Mammal Institute Grades K-12
Students participate in hands-on lesson and lab on our marine wildlife in Santa Barbara. The Marine Mammal institute rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured marine mammals from our coastal waters. This field-trip educates students on the local hazards to marine wildlife including; demoic acid, boating, fisheries, and gill nets. This activity can either occur with the Mermaid Challenge or be a separate field-trip day where Mermaids give a single presentation on one of our local environments and the challenges it faces.