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5. Planet Plankton

Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum

Standing on a hill overlooking Elkhorn Slough NERR, an observer is able to see most of the seven mile length of the estuary as it winds from the open ocean of Monterey Bay to the small seasonal creeks at the upper end of the slough. Sea otters, harbor seals, pelicans and egrets are some of the animals visible from this vantage point. Read more


George Merilatt headshot photoGeorge Merilatt of the Elkhorn Slough NERR in California recommends The Great Plankton Race from the MARE curriculum as a great extension to this activity. See page 5 of the Teacher Guide for information about incorporating this activity into your study of estuaries.

Download The Great Plankton Race. Reprinted with permission of the MARE program, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, Copyright © 1994, 1999, 2004.The Regents of The University of California.


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