Teen Conservation Leaders (TCL)
Teen Conservation Leaders (TCLs) provide an important volunteer service to the Aquarium, our guests and our communities. Students learn basic marine biology and ocean conservation during a fun, intensive two-week summer training. TCL volunteers then provide exhibit interpretation for our guests or support our summer camp programs. In the process, students develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn community service hours. Regular conservation experiences connect students with opportunities to better understand science and conservation in the local community.
Additional opportunities are available to TCL volunteers who have time to volunteer during the school year and subsequent summers. Students can assist in special events at the Aquarium, support a variety of education programs or interpret exhibits for guests. TCLs cultivate lasting relationships with their peers, adult volunteers and Aquarium staff. No matter which of these adventures students choose, they'll take home memories of a lifetime!
Student volunteers applying should:
- Be currently enrolled in high school or entering high school next fall
- Demonstrate an eagerness to learn and to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Be proficient in English and comfortable with science vocabulary
- Be willing and available to attend all important program dates listed below
- Volunteer for eight-hour days (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) as assigned (approximately 100 hours)
- Information meeting (early January 2014)
- Application and recommendation forms due (early February 2014)
- Potential interviews (March 2014)
- Summer orientation (May 2014)
- Required two-week training (mid-June 2014)
- TCL-specific summer events (July–August 2014)
Recruitment for summer 2013 is closed. Applications for summer 2014 will be available January 2014.
For more information about TCL, email Teen Programs at email@example.com.
Student Oceanography Club (SOC)
The Student Oceanography Club (SOC) is a program for middle school students, ages 11 to 14, who are interested in learning about marine science and ocean conservation and who would like to make a difference in their local communities.
SOC aims to empower teens to make a difference while having fun! Over the course of the school year, students will visit scientific institutions and meet scientists, work with other teens and learn about ocean conservation while participating in hands-on activities. Participants must commit to attending monthly meetings at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, participating in all field experiences and completing and presenting a community conservation project with the support of both the teen and adult SOC communities.
Students can apply to join SOC as part of a team consisting of three to five students plus an adult project advisor. Team members can be from the same school or different schools as long as they work together on the same project. Project advisors can be teachers, community members or other adults who are poised to help with the project. Project advisors will guide their team members throughout the school year as they complete their projects in their local communities.
For more information about SOC, email Teen Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (W.A.T.C.H.)
This year-long program begins in the summer and extends throughout the school year. During the three-week summer component students explore the Pajaro River Watershed, meet with local scientists and participate in inquiry-based learning. They also learn about environmental issues in their community and participate in local restoration efforts.
During the school year, the same students that participated in the summer portion of the program develop their own projects based on an environmental topic. Students will work during the school day, after school and independently to complete their projects. They work with Aquarium staff and teachers, as well as scientists and educators from the community to complete their projects. Upon completion of the projects, students receive a scholarship and community service hours needed for graduation.
For more information about W.A.T.C.H., email Teen Programs at email@example.com.
Young Women in Science (YWS)
This week-long, summer day-camp is designed to get young women excited about and involved in science, the ocean and conservation. Through a variety of hands-on field activities, we strive to increase their knowledge and to spark a personal connection with the natural world that will lead them to become future stewards of the ocean. Kids get the opportunity to explore ocean habitats by joining in activities such as surface scuba diving, boogie boarding and kayaking.
We aim to serve young women regardless of primary language or economic background. We offer three camps in the summer that are conducted in both English and Spanish. Young women entering grades 6, 7 or 8, who reside in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, are eligible to apply.
For more information about YWS, email Teen Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.