Preparations for your OPIHI field trips should begin in early January so you will have enough time to schedule buses on the dates and times you prefer during the spring field trip season.
Once you have chosen the site of your field trip(s), made a preliminary
site visit to get acquainted with the area, and scheduled your buses,
you can begin preparations for the trip with your students
The following protocol was designed to collect and condense all of the information strewn throughout the classroom preparation aspect of the OPIHI project into an easily manageable document to refresh and remind you of the field trip procedures.
You will need to print out data sheets for each transect group on waterproof paper for your students before the field trip.
Sometimes the quantitative part of the OPIHI field trip goes faster than you anticipate (e.g. low biodiversity at the site) and to much time gets devoted to the "biodiversity search" at the end of the trip and gradually students lose interest in finding organisms. Sometimes trips are scheduled at imperfect tide times and things get too deep too fast, or buses are late. These are some activities you and your students can do on a field trip that extend their learning in the intertidal. These activities can be a part of a regular OPIHI field trip too.
Field Trip Activity Packet
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