District, NOAA Support Alameda’s Wood Middle School Ocean Guardians


About 35 students will assist East Bay Regional Park District staff with final installation of a colorful information panel designed in partnership with EBRPD at Crown Memorial State Beach on Thursday, Feb. 23 1 to 2 p.m.

The park is operated by the Park District under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and City of Alameda. The sign will be installed art Shoreline Drive and Grand Street next to the kiosk and piling entrance to Crown Memorial Beach.

Since 2009, sixth grade students at Wood Middle School in Alameda have used nearby Crown Beach as a laboratory for their studies in the climate change curriculum.

“Last year, we sent 341 ‘nurdles’ to Dr. Hideshige Tokada, Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology who is studying them for organic toxins” said teacher Jeanette Frechou. “The project was possible because of a ‘Be Wet’ grant from the National Oceanographic & Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).”

East Bay Regional Park District Director Doug Siden said, “This type of project engages kids in active environmental stewardship, and they see that their actions make a difference on a local as well as a global level. This was more than just a science class. It was a unique opportunity to engage kids at the middle school level. They learned not only the science, but they also took a tour of our EBRPD exhibit design department, and learned about careers in park services.”

In 2010, Will C. Wood School received an Ocean Guardian School Grant from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and in 2011, they were formally recognized as an Ocean Guardian School.  This year, the school was awarded a second Ocean Guardian grant to continue their ocean stewardship work.  An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's ocean and special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by proposing and them implementing a school or community-based project that has positive impact on the local watersheds and the ocean.

Carolyn Jones
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