Principle 1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features
Some teacher workshops.
Principle 2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth
We have classes and courses on coastal processes for teachers, community members, coastal decision-makers, students, as well as interpretive programs, and we include it in our summer programs for children
Principle 3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
Teacher training courses in weather and climate, summer science school, interpretive walks, training for seasonal staff….
Principle 4: The ocean makes Earth habitable
We have teacher training courses about weather and climate, climate change, and we also cover that in our summer science school. We cover that concept in workshops for coastal decision-makers and the community.
Principle 5: The ocean supports a diversity of life and ecosystems.
Our interptretive walks, science school, Women in Science program for ages 12-14, public lectures, teacher training workshops (especially TOTE, Teachers on the Estuary teacher training program) largely center on this OLP.
Principle 6: The ocean is connected to us and we are connected to it.
Almost all of our student programs, public programs, teacher workshops, science school, exhibits have a component on how humans are interconnected with coastal waters.
Principle 7: The ocean is largely unexplored.
When we present new technology to students or teachers, we talk about how this is a way to get to know the ocean better because it still is largely unknown yet our data points are just that, points, and there is so much more to know.
Waquoit Bay Reserve uses ocean observing information to conduct our research (wave and wind data to study sediment motion, erosion, etc.). We also use it for matters of safety: whether or not to go out in boats and whether we should batten down or bring in scientific equipment before storms. We also use ocean observing information in most of our teacher training courses and in some specialized programs for students in middle and high school programs.