In June, 36 TRiO SSS students took the opportunity to see Bodega Bay—surf and then hike through a giant sequoia redwood forest—turf. Biology Professor Carina Anttila-Suarez led the students on an all-day educational expedition to learn about conservation of marine species and environmental sustainability of ancient redwood forests.
The first stop was the Bodega Marine Laboratory which is a recognized international leader in solving complex environmental problems impacting coastal ecosystems. It is a “living laboratory” where scientists study natural areas that are not impacted by humans. The day started with an introduction and overview of the mission of the laboratory followed by a tour of research laboratories that had ongoing experiments with organisms such as abalone, sea urchins, crustaceans and fish. Afterwards the students took a nature walk led by Professor Anttila-Suarez to explore the coastal prairie and intertidal ecosystems.
The second learning experience was a visit to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve where the oldest tree is estimated to be over 1,400 years old and the tallest tree is 1300 feet. Students learned about the importance of ecosystem resources provided by the ancient redwood forest. After a nature walk through the redwoods, students enjoyed a sustainable lunch served by Vice President of Instruction Sarah Perkins, TRiO SSS Director Raymond Jones, TRiO SSS Counselor Jessica Lopez, TRiO SSS Coordinator Arielle Smith and Professor Gregg Grist. After lunch the Skyline College Climate Corps Sustainability Coordinator, Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez explained the importance of sustainability in the global food chain. An interactive learning experience focused on best practices that students can use to reduce the carbon footprint from foods they consume in their everyday lives.
This event is part of Skyline College’s commitment to engaging students in sustainability and supporting education for a diverse community of learners.
The Sustainable Campus Initiative and TRiO SSS Project would like to thank the President’s Innovation Fund for supporting the event.
Article by Raymond Jones, Carina Anttila-Suarez, and Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez. Photos by Raymond Jones