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Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary NGSS and Common Core aligned Middle School Ocean Acidification Curriculum

SOARCE Webinar

Presenters: Sarah Raskin & Doug DuBois, Oxnard Unified School District
Primary audience: Formal educators
Date/time: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 6pm ET (3pm PT)
The Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Acidification Curriculum is a series of middle school lessons about ocean acidification that use the Park and Sanctuary as the backdrop for learning about ocean acidification. In the first lesson, students learn what makes the Channel Islands and surrounding waters a unique habitat. In the following lessons, students learn about ocean acidification, what it is, and potential impacts to marine ecosystems.  Students also learn how to interpret ocean acidification data sets using real pH data from scientists at UC Santa Barbara.  In the final lesson, students learn what they can do to help reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the ocean.

About the Speakers:
Sarah Raskin is a science teacher at the Haydock Academy of Arts and Sciences in Oxnard, California.  She is currently working as a magnet schools grant coordinator at her school site to help facilitate Haydock’s transition to an arts and sciences academy with an emphasis on environmental science. Sarah seeks to find ways to connect her students to their local environment through science education.  Sarah has been teaching for over eleven years, in both Oxnard and Santa Cruz, California.
Doug Dubois earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California Santa Barbara in environmental studies. Besides his teaching credential, Doug DuBois is a bilingual credentialed educator.  He participated in a UCLA program for science teachers called Leadership in Marine Science. In this UCLA program he learned how to integrate ocean sciences into the classroom.  Doug has written numerous grants that relate to science and environmental education. He is currently helping Robert J. Frank Middle school transform into the Robert J Frank Academy of Marine Science and Engineering as the MSAP Site Coordinator.
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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

With your Food Choices

Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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