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Science and snorkeling at the Catalina Island Marine Institute
Science and snorkeling at the Catalina Island Marine Institute

Seventh-graders took their annual trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute from April 28-May 1. New this year: an overnight adventure aboard the USS Iowa.

Here are updates sent to parents from Amy Aldrich-McAfee, director of curriculum and learning.

[See photos from the trip on SmugMug.]

Days 1 and 2

We had a great night on the Iowa! We slept in "racks" like sailors.

We arrived safely at CIMI. The ocean was calm, and we saw a pod of blue whales. No one got sick! We're eating and then will go snorkeling.

Our 10% chance of rain became 100%.

Day 3

Student kissing a sea cucumber

We spent the morning in labs learning about marine mammals, invertebrates, and plankton. We had some sea cucumber kisses for luck, and plankton races!

Last snorkel. We got to jump off the float and play beach games beforehand. Owen Alderson outsmarted everyone.

Rock-climbing wall tonight. Everyone will sleep well.

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