Education

Middle school students get a lesson at the Morro Bay Estuary

Docent Jerry Kirkhart leads a group of Los Osos Middle School students through a lesson in bird spotting and identification at the salt marsh boardwalk near the Morro Bay Marina. Students, from left, Justin May, 13, Hunter Nelson, 13, Mohammad Jabaieh, 13, Halle Root, 12, and in back, Wiley Neva, 13, had a view of brant landing, below left.
Docent Jerry Kirkhart leads a group of Los Osos Middle School students through a lesson in bird spotting and identification at the salt marsh boardwalk near the Morro Bay Marina. Students, from left, Justin May, 13, Hunter Nelson, 13, Mohammad Jabaieh, 13, Halle Root, 12, and in back, Wiley Neva, 13, had a view of brant landing, below left.

About 200 Los Osos Middle School seventh-graders had the opportunity this week to do some hands-on learning in the Morro Bay Estuary.

Staff at the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History spent a few hours over two days teaching the students in the museum and out in the salt marsh area of the estuary.

The students learned about plant and animal adaptations, vertebrate bodies, animals’ teeth and estuary ecosystems, according to a museum docent.

Los Osos Middle School teachers and parents served as chaperones.

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