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

Oct 14 – CMLC and South Slough go to the 3rd Annual Girls Rock STEM Fair

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Charleston Marine Life Center will have a booth! Come find out about different estuary and marine animals, do some water testing, and ask what it’s like to do research and be a graduate student!

More about the fair: This FREE event will be held on Saturday, October 14th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Boys and Girls Club in Coos Bay. Girls from 3rd through 8th grades will participate in interactive games and hands-on activities that stimulate the imagination, and each will be given a passport, a bag to hold items in, and once all stations have been visited, a chance to win a very special prize! There will also be tables featuring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals, many women, in our community.

  • • Saturday, October 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • • At the Boys and Girls Club in Coos Bay
  • • Girls in 3rd through 8th grades

Nov – CMLC goes to Science Pub Night at 7 Devils

Check back soon for details!

 


School Programs – Advance Registration Required

Teachers – Bring Your Students to the CMLC!

To arrange school group visits, please fill out our School Group Registration Form.


Class Tours

img_0234Bring your students to tour the CMLC Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Center staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

  • •Designed for 12-28 students
  • •$1.50 per student, minimum fee of $25
  • • Teachers 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 Programs

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

  • •Designed for 12-28 students
  • •$3.00 per student, minimum fee of $50
  • • Teachers 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

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 both high and low tide. The program combines problem-solving, observation of  animals, and exploration of the center’s living exhibits.

Concepts covered:
Animal Diversity
Adaptation
Habitats

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

Sharks of the Oregon Coast — Designed to Survive

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 45 min, but please plan on 1 hour 15 min total so students have time to explore the rest of the CMLC

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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: Middle and High School
  • • 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


 

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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.