Our annual Monterey trip was this past Saturday and fun was had by all! The day started off with a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where the favorite exhibits where the Baja California Garden Eels and the touch tanks.
From there we had a pizza lunch on the beach and then had tons of fun making up various competitions. Everyone was a bit reluctant to leave the beach, but nevertheless enthusiastic about our boat tour at Elkhorn Slough where we saw hundreds of animals in the wild! The favorite animal for the students was probably the otter, especially since this year we got really lucky and saw many baby otters!
A HUGE thank you to my parents, David and Janet Johnson for coming down to help us with this trip! We hope you both had as much fun as we did!
Tyler and I with the students inside Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Hee Mi and Nichole get up close with a Bat Ray!
Tyler talks with Tony and Byron about different types of sea plants and the animals that live in them.
Byron dominated the standing long jump competition!
Tony ate an impressive amount of pizza at the beach- 10 slices! And he still participated in the competitions after and even won one.
Rina enjoyed goofing around in the water.
Welcome to La Mera Ciencia, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. Mero (or mera for feminine words like ciencia) is Spanish for "legit" or "the real thing", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!