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W.A.T.C.H Coastal Ecology


W.A.T.C.H. Coastal Ecology (Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats)


UC D lab honors                                CSU D lab honors



With the help of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, W.A.T.C.H. Coastal Ecology will give you the skills to conserve habitats in your community and the tools to conduct scientific research!


WATCH Coastal Ecology will be limited to only 24 students who will be placed in 4 person teams. If you apply and are selected to join WATCH, you will be required to participate in a free summer program that involves hands-on inquiry based activities throughout the Pajaro River Watershed, meetings with local stakeholders, and learning about the complexities of resource management.  You will be assigned to one of our two summer sessions which meet at Pajaro Valley High School.  Summer sessions are two weeks long and are scheduled for June 19 – June 30 and July 17 – July 28, 2017 (Monday through Friday, 7:45 am - 4:15 pm).  Beforehand, ALL WATCH STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A SUPER FUN ORIENTATION on Tuesday, June 13!  For these summer activities, daytime food and transportation will be provided.  (Please advise us if you are unable to get transportation to and from PV).


The experiences in the field during the summer will spark the ideas for your year-long project. In the fall, you and your team will craft a testable question with assistance from a team of Coastal Ecology Educators: your teacher, a project advisor (another teacher), a local scientist, and MBA staff.  To answer your question, your team will conduct authentic field research.  Your Coastal Ecology Educators will teach you how to interpret your findings and present them, in the spring, to a variety of community stakeholders.


Through this course, you will be empowered to make a difference in your community. Students who complete WATCH Coastal Ecology will have the opportunity gain skills in teamwork, technology, leadership, science communication, and public speaking.  In addition, you can earn up to a $1,000 scholarship toward your higher education.



 *   2 week Summer program

 *   After school commitments - 8 Fridays after school until 5:00 pm on 9/15, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

 *   Meetings with science mentors & project advisors 1x/week

 *   3-4 Saturday field trips spread throughout the year

 *   Be willing to get outside your comfort zone!


The deadline for applications has passed. Thank you for your interest.


Online teacher recommendation form (Inactive)


Application and Teacher Recommendation Due Date: February 17th


Please see your school’s WATCH teacher with questions, or contact Athena or Enrique from the MBA