University of Oregon

Marine Life Center

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This page shows CMLC programs and events. 

For general information, or to become a volunteer or member, please visit CharlestonMarineLifeCenter.com


Public Programs

 

May 11 – Charleston Merchant Customer Appreciation Day

Visit any merchant in Charleston on May 11th and recieve a pass for free same-day admission to the CMLC! We will be open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

May 17 – SWOCC Geology Lecture Series:

“The Extreme Life of the Sea: Amazing Ways Animals Live in Amazing Parts of the Ocean” by Dr. Stephen Palumbi

As part of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Geology Lecture Series, Dr. Stephen Palumbi, a marine biologist at Stanford University, will be giving a talk about extreme life in the sea. This talk is for everyone who wants to know the secrets of the sea: What are the fastest fish? The deepest species? The hottest, coldest, oldest? The strangest family lives?

Representatives from the CMLC will be in the lobby with specimens before (6:30 pm) and after the talk! 

NOTE: This event is at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College

  • • Friday, May 17th
  • • Starts at 7:00 pm
  • • 1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

 

May 18 – Come visit the CMLC booth at the Mayfly Festival

The Coos Watershed Mayfly Festival is a free, family-friendly event sponsored by the Coos Watershed Association and other local partners. This is an interactive festival featuring hands-on science activities, live music, games, food, costume-making, face-painting, community art projects, a parade around the Mingus Pond, and more!

NOTE: The Mayfly Festival is at Mingus Park in Coos Bay.

  • • Saturday, May 18th
  • • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • • Mingus Park

 

 

 

June 8 – World Ocean Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day when people all over the world celebrate, honor and help
protect the ocean that connects us all.   Along with being home to an incredible diversity of organisms, this global ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, feeds many on the planet, regulates our climate, makes up an integral part of the water cycle, is a source of many existing and future medicines, serves as major transportation routes for people and commerce, provides jobs, and is a source of recreation, inspiration, and beauty.

Join the celebration! On World Oceans Day, come to the CMLC to learn about the ocean off our shore, and the animals that call it home.

  • • Saturday, June 8th
  • • The CMLC will be open 11am-5pm

 

August 3 – OIMB REU Showcase  

Students from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast, will put on a showcase of their summer research at the CMLC. Come talk with the students and learn about their research and check out their interactive displays! The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • • Saturday, August 3rd
  • • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

 


School and Camp Programs – Advance Registration Required

Teachers/Camps – Bring your Students/Campers to the CMLC!

To arrange school/camp visits, please fill out our Registration Form.


Guided Class or Camp Tours

img_0234Bring your students for a guided tour of the CMLC Tuesdays 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays-Fridays 8:30-11:00 am. Tours lasts 1 hour.

      • • Designed for a maximum of 30 students
      • • $1.50 per student, minimum fee of $25
      • • Teacher and first 5 chaperones are free, additional chaperones are $5 adult/$4 senior (62 and above)
      • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)
      • • Contact us regarding special needs

Class or Camp Programs

CMLC class or camp programs are offered Tuesdays 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays-Fridays 8:30-11:00 am. We offer guided educational programs geared to NGSS standards. NOTE: We are constantly developing and testing programs, so check back throughout the year for more options.

      • • Designed for a maximum of 30 students
      • • $3.00 per student, minimum fee of $45
      • • Teacher and first 5 chaperones are free, additional chaperones are $5 adult/$4 senior (62 and above)
      • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)
      • • Contact us regarding special needs

Living in Tidepools-Adaptations   (K-2nd grades)

Tidepools are challenging places to live. As tides come and go, these areas along rocky shores are sometimes exposed to waves, hot sun, rain, and different predators. In this lesson geared to younger grades, students learn about common local tidepool animals, challenges they face, and adaptations they have to survive at low tide. The program combines problem-solving, observation of animals, and exploration of the center’s aquaria.

Concepts covered:
Animal Diversity
Adaptation
Intertidal

      • • Grades: K-2nd
      • • Time: Program lasts 1 hour and includes time to explore the living exhibits

The Shape of Shells   (2nd – 3rd grades)

Shells come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are found on beaches, mudflats, and the intertidal. Focusing on snails, students will learn that shells are made by animals and how shell shape gives hints to how the animal lived.  Students will observe living snails, make predictions of how different shell structures protect snails from different predators, and sort shells to explore classification.

Concepts covered:
Animal Diversity
Morphology
Adaptation
Classification

      • • Grades: 2nd-3rd
      • • Time: Program lasts 60 minutes; add an additional 30 minutes if you want students to have time to explore the rest of the CMLC

Sharks of the Oregon Coast — Designed to Survive  (4th – 6th grades)

This program introduces students to the variety of sharks found off Oregon and to the adaptations of sharks that make them successful in their various environments.  Sharks come in a range of sizes and shapes, eat a variety of prey, and are found in just about every ocean habitat.  At least 16 species are found off the Oregon coast.  Students will handle and examine shark jaws, teeth fossils, and skin, and learn about Oregon’s sharks and how shark sensory systems and physical adaptations have allowed them to roam the ocean for more than 400 million years.

Concepts covered:
Shark Diversity
Adaptation
Sensory Systems
Ecosystem Health

      • • Grades: 4th – 6th
      • • Time: Program lasts 60 minutes; add an additional 30 minutes if you want students to have time to explore the rest of the CMLC

Marine Mammals in Motion   (7th – 12th grades)fullsizerender

The skeletal architecture of marine mammals is very different than that of terrestrial mammals due to the nature of the medium they move through: water.  In this program students will investigate and compare the skeletons of whales and dolphins to develop hypotheses as to how skeletal anatomy relates to swimming, diving, and feeding capabilities.  Based on the observations and knowledge gained from these comparisons, students will put together the skeleton of a “mystery” cetacean and identify its method of moving and feeding.  The program emphasizes the diversity of ways whales and dolphins move and feed in the water.

Concepts covered:
Cetacean diversity
The mechanics of motion
Anatomical form & function
Developing hypotheses from observations

      • • Grades: Upper Middle and High School (7th-12th)
      • • Time: This program takes a full 2 hours. We recommend you plan for 2 1/2 hours so students can also look around the CMLC

Self-Guided Class or Camp Visits

For groups between 15 and 40 children, we can arrange visits Tuesdays 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays-Fridays 8:30-11:00 am. If fewer than 15, come during standard open hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays 11 am-5 pm.

      • •Students are free
      • •Self-guided by group’s teachers or counselors, no formal tour or program
      • •Please note—this is not unstructured time, rather an opportunity for teachers and counselors to run their own programs tailored to their focus
      • •Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)
      • • Contact us regarding special needs


 

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Wind Turbine

The CMLC is the first net-zero building in the area, getting all of its power from a wind turbine on the OIMB campus.

This is part of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability program and is the UO’s first venture into wind power.