WHITTIER, Calif. (April 22, 2016) — On April 18 the middle school students set sail on the Catalina Express for their five-day trip to the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP). CELP is a residential environmental and outdoor education program for students. It combines the experience and creative efforts of two established organizations, Catalina Island Camps and Ocean Futures. Throughout the week students snorkeled, hiked, gardened, kayaked, and engaged in interactive slide shows and discussions, learning in a variety of ways. Mixed in were individual and group challenge activities that encouraged students to think more about themselves and their relationship to others. The theme of the week was “everything is connected,” exploring how we can live more sustainably on this planet and what this generation of young people can do to make a difference.
Our fourth and fifth graders also explored local marine life during a field trip to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. The students learned about different types of sea mammals in Southern California and the process of rescue and release of animals.
These trips to CELP and the Marine Mammal Center not only educated but also inspired our students to find ways they can help take care of local wildlife and our environment as a whole.
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