Ventura, CA, US
Channel Islands Live (CHIL) offers students a new way to experience the wild and remote landscapes of Channel Islands National Park using wireless technology. Developed in partnership between Channel Islands National Park and Ventura County Office of Education, CHIL brings the park to your classroom by providing interactive educational programs and wildlife viewing from the spectacular world that lies just off the coast of southern California. Channel Islands Live provides real-time Live Dive and Live Hike programs that highlight the remarkable natural and cultural resources of the park. All programs are standards based and free for all audiences.Visit our website to learn more at http://www.nps.gov/chis/forteachers/learning/index.htm.
The Live Dive programs are broadcast from the giant kelp forests off Anacapa Island using cameras and two-way communication to allow students to talk with park rangers from underwater. Topics include kelp forest ecology, marine protected areas, and scientific monitoring methods.
The Live Hike programs also allows two-way communications and takes participants on a virtual hike to experience Anacapa Island’s terrestrial resources without ever leaving the mainland. Topics include American Indian history, island isolation/biogeography, and park ranger jobs.
Three live webcams are available anytime to connect viewers to bald eagle nests, seabird rookeries, iconic Arch Rock, and the underwater kelp forest.
Quotes from teachers and students about Channel Islands Live:
"They're underwater and you're still on land, and that's really amazing!" - Robin Mathis, 6th grade student at Blackstock Junior High School, Oxnard, California.
Blackstock Junior High School principal Adrian Palazuelos, described the Live Dive as “empowering.” “We finally have an opportunity to be able to take students who, in some cases, don’t even get to see the beach and live just less than a mile away, to an island just off our shore, into the water and see life for themselves,” he said.
KCLU News story on Channel Islands Live reported student Tyrell Barns saying, “I like it; I learned about the oceans ecosystem, how it needs to be protected, and how we can help. And you know all the animals in the ocean it just gets me a little excited because it makes me think about Sunday I just want to go diving too.”
“It made me really want to visit the island and walk around!” – Elliott Manning, 4th grade student.
“I can’t believe all the birds!” – Adrian Niin, 3rd grade student, Ventura County.
“This experience has exposed my students to a world they have never seen before” said Regan Nelson, a third grade teacher in Oxnard, California. “I hope it connects them to nature and science for the rest of their lives.”
Pat Wilson, a retired office manager from British Columbia, described her experience viewing the bald eagle chicks hatch on the Channel Islands and said, “It’s beyond words.” Wilson admits to spending long hours observing and actively participates in the discussion forum with over 1,172 other registered members.
Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Chawkins writes about how the Bald EagleCAM is different stating, “Cameras are trained on eagle nests in Maine, New York, Tennessee, Canada, and elsewhere — but the bald eagles off the California coast carry special significance for the wildlife lovers who have found their way to the site.”
Lemonwood 3rd grader Richard Franco said, “I feel amazed that he, that he’s ok from his broken wing.”
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