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On-the-water classes offered

Marine Research & Education will resumed its hands-on, on-the-water classes this September. Classes are available to school groups, kindergarten through 12th-grade, after-school programs and clubs, college classes, community organizations and adult groups.

The organization has grown immensely over the past few years, starting with 350 students in 1999, and growing to 1,350 students in 2001. So far, in 2002, they have been able to conduct classes for more than 1,200 children.

The Marine Research & Education program is an exciting, hands-on experience providing participants with an overview of environmental issues surrounding the Tahoe Basin. Inside, students use a fiberglass model of the Lake Tahoe Basin to earn about is ecosystem, how it was formed, the food chain, and water clarity issues. One the vessel, Prophet, students spend an hour and a half using scientific methods like secchi disc monitoring, plankton trawling, microscope viewing and water quality testing to help apply knowledge gained inside the classroom.

All groups are invited to contact Marine Research & Education at (530) 544-7409 to make a reservation. Groups should consist of at least 12 people and they must be a minimum of 5 years of age.

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