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ESTC12 Field Sessions
#1. Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) "Environmental Park" Facility Tour
Tour through the Monterey Bay Area's award-winning waste management facilities, which include: Regional compost program, Material Recovery Facility, Household hazardous waste program, Last Chance Mercantile Thrift Store, landfill gas renewable energy, anaerobic digester, education programs, and facility built out of reused products. In addition, learn about The Offset Project's Zero-Waste Event Program and their work in partnership with MRWMD.
#2. Tidal Marsh Hike with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and R.E.I.
Elkhorn Slough harbors California's largest tract of tidal salt marsh outside San Francisco Bay. The tidal habitat encompass extraordinary biological diversity, providing critical habitat for more than 135 aquatic bird, 550 marine invertebrate, and 102 fish species. Hike through the reserve with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to learn about the local ecology, habitat restoration, the land trust and research reserve and discuss the trend of voluntourism with local sponsors, R.E.I.
#3. Beach Walk + Clean Up with SOS, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary & California Coastal National Monument
Walk along the famous coastline, participate in a beach cleanup and learn about the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System and the California Coastal National Monument – a partnership in protecting California coastal resources - and the efforts led by Save Our Shores (SOS) to keep it clean and protected. For 34 years, SOS has led the way in the fight against off shore oil rigs and illegal sewage outflow into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), and the fight for municipal Styrofoam and plastic bag bans, among many other initiatives.
#4. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Labs Tour
Take a behind the scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) labs with research specialists. MBARI, founded by David Packard in 1987, is a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and works on the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI is located in Moss Landing, California, at the head of Monterey Canyon, the deepest submarine canyon adjacent to the continental United States.
#5. Downtown Monterey Historical Walking Tours and Farmer's Market
Take a walking tour of historic Monterey, being sure to visit the Old Fisherman's Wharf, the Old Monterey Farmer's Market, the adobes, and more. This field session includes an interactive discussion on how to collaborate and work together to preserve your area's history. This tour will be facilitated by guides that are experts in Monterey History and by certified Monterey Bay Ambassadors. It can also be experienced individually using the Monterey Cell Phone Tours which are available in 5 languages.
#6. Point Lobos and Garrapata Trail Hike with Friends of Garrapata and California State Parks
Ride down scenic Highway 1 towards Big Sur, then hike to the beautiful Point Lobos and Garrapata State Park. Point Lobos is just south of the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and north of Big Sur, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Garrapata State Park has 2 miles (3.2 km) of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot (15 m) climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. Participate in a trail clean up with Friends of Garrapata, learn about the Big Sur native peoples, and join in a discussion about the management of state parks during an economic crisis.
#7. Monterey Green Hotel Tour
Go behind the scenes in some of Monterey's greenest hotels and learn about their sustainable management system operations. The Director of Engineering at the Portola Hotel and Spa will take you through their process of remodeling for LEED EB Silver certification. Stop by Hostelling International's Monterey location to talk about alternative accommodations for those on a tight budget and learn about plans for the new Monterey Bay Eco-Hostel which will showcase sustainability and carbon-neutral living, utilizing alternative energy and green building techniques. Finally, take a look inside one of the peninsula's many quaint boutique hotels - and this one is Green Seal certified.