The Treasure Island Sailing Center offers unique experiential learning programs for kids. Program topics include Maritime History, The Power of Wind, and Bay Ecology. During one recent program, students from Francis Scott Key Elementary took turns on the sailboats and in the learning lab to get first hand experience of the life on top of and below San Francisco Bay. For many students, sailing on Clipper Cove is their first time on a boat on San Francisco Bay and they get to take turns steering and working the lines on the small, easy to use boats used by the TISC instructors.
In the land part of the program students learned about Dungeness Crabs including the food and habitat that is necessary for them to thrive. They also used used math and gaming theory to forecast crab populations. Then it was off to the sea wall for crab calling lessons to find the crabs in their natural habitat. The students collected seaweed, algae, and other micro-organisms to look at closer through microscopes. The full report is available here.
Fourth grade teachers that are interested in programs put on by the Treasure Island Sailing Center can pre-register for 2015 spring programs here.