I would like to introduce myself and an educational service provided through my business, Blue Water Ventures.
Blue Water Ventures offers customized naturalist-led field trips in California, Central America and the Caribbean. As environmental educators, we believe in hands on learning experiences using the outdoors as our classroom.
When teachers call to inquire about field trips, I speak with them personally to discuss curriculum and the particular themes they would like to be addressed.
Many Santa Cruz area schools choose the calm protected water of Elkhorn Slough for a day of sea kayaking. Harbor seals, sea otters, cormorants and pelicans are easily observed from the quiet perspective of a kayak. For fifth graders and above, no previous kayaking experience is necessary.
Our Elkhorn Slough curriculum includes: wetlands ecology, endangered species, natural history of sea otters, harbor seals, and sea birds as well as cultural history. Leadership and teamwork are key components to our field trips. After lunch, students are introduced to a sampling technique using a large seine net that we pull and then examine specimens.
We offer a leisurely paced, full day in Elkhorn Slough (9:30-2:00) for only $40 per person weekdays, $48 weekends with a complimentary trip for the classroom teacher. Multi-day trips of kayaking, hiking and aquarium visits are possible. For San Francisco or East Bay Schools Pillar Point Harbor north of Half Moon Bay is a convenient choice with a protective harbor for kayaking and marvelous tidepools to explore adjacent to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. A full day of kayaking and tidepooling at Pillar Poinr Harbor is only $50 per person.
As a professional educator with over 30 years in the field with students, I am committed to providing quality outdoor enrichment programs. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you regarding potential field trips for your students.
Please feel free to give me a call at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060