Our Wetlands, Our World:
Our Wetlands, Our World
High School Activity Guide to Upper Newport Bay
Our Wetlands, Our World provides information and activities to help high school students learn about the importance of wetlands and to become involved in the restoration of these valuable, unique environments. It also helps bring State Content Standards to life by linking science concepts to local resources. The focus of the guide is on Upper Newport Bay in Orange County; however, much of the information is applicable to other wetland sites.
- Entire Guide (9.5 MB)
- Introduction, Contents (335 KB)
- Watersheds and Wetlands Unit (1.3 MB)
- Human Impacts Unit (5.6 MB)
- Taking Action Unit (1.1 MB)
- Appendices (2.4 MB)
Upcoming Workshops for Educators
(Please note that workshops are currently only being held in Orange County.)
If you would like to participate in an orientation workshop for Our Wetlands, Our World, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org which includes your contact information, as well as the name of your school or program and the grade level that you teach. Please check back here for announcements of future trainings.
Coastal Restoration at Upper Newport Bay
Hands-on ecological restoration activities are available in the Upper Newport Bay through the California Coastal Commission's Community-Based Restoration and Education program. Depending on the time of year, students can participate in installing native plants, removing invasive weeds, mulching and watering previously installed native plants, collecting seeds or transplanting seedlings in our native plant nursery. These activities are the perfect complement to Our Wetlands, Our World to enhance your students' learning experience. For more information, please visit the program's home page. To sign up your class for a restoration work day, please contact Matt Yurko at email@example.com.
Extensions and Resources
- Learn about coastal restoration at Upper Newport Bay.
- Take part in Coastal Cleanup Day.
- Adopt a Beach.
- Check out our "For Fun" page for web-based activities.
- Visit our "How Can I Help?" web page.
- Take the Coastal Stewardship Pledge.
- For advanced students, use a webpage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Services Center to investigate three alternatives for developing a coastal site. The scenarios presented allow students to explore the specifics of each development plan and to consider the environmental and economic consequences of the choices.
- For advanced students, download factsheets from the California Water and Land Use Partnership to learn how urbanization affects the water cycle or about low-impact land development options.
- Share your comments about Our Wetlands, Our World.