The Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans Virtual Field Trips are designed as individual
45-90 minute classes carefully crafted for your audience: elementary, middle or high school students. Optional preparatory materials, including videos, are available for teachers to share with their students. Our program offers virtual getaways taught by experienced teachers and designed to inform and ignite inquisitive minds. (In person Field Trips will be added when COVID-19 Guidelines permit.)
Our Virtual Field Trips begin with our moderator introducing the instructor and describing their often-surprising career paths. Each live, interactive program, introduces an area of science that is depicted on THE MAP and approaches the topic in a fun and engaging way.
For the past year, we have partnered with non-profits, ArtsBusXpress to teach classes for schools in San Diego County, and with AltaSea to provide classes and Summer School enrichment programs for students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. These Virtual Field Trips aim to present science in an easy-to-understand way that sparks curiosity and inspires students to become good stewards of their ocean environment.
THE MAP of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla, the largest LithoMosaic in the world, is open to the public, and is a beautiful hands-on extension of our Virtual Field Trips.
2021 FIELD TRIPS OFFERED
ES Elementary School // MS Middle School // HS High School
(also offered in collaboration with ArtsBusXpress & AltaSea)
The foundation is excited to offer teachers three ways to bring THE MAP to your classroom. We are now offering in-person field trips to THE MAP in La Jolla Shores, in-person presentations in the classroom (for San Diego County school), or virtual field trips. We look forward to welcoming students and groups of all ages to THE MAP! Email us today to schedule a field trip to THE MAP that can be designed with your group’s needs in mind. We are proud to partner with ArtsBusXpress to offer grant-supported transportation for local schools to visit THE MAP in person this year.
Join us as we take your class on a Field Trip, beginning with THE MAP of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla, the world’s largest LithoMosaic educational plaza, featuring 123 life-sized species found just offshore. Discover how Marine Protected Areas help restore the productivity of the oceans’ marine life, how marine mammals are adapting to climate changes, how plastic pollution impacts the ocean and all living creatures, which species call our local tidepools home and how we can help preserve them, why whales and sharks are important to the ecosystem, and get a diver’s view of the underwater world. Or let us know how we can customize a class to meet your needs. Every class is designed to meet grade level common core and next generation science standards.
To schedule a class or field trip, email [email protected], or contact Shawna Weaver, PhD, director of education at [email protected] or