June 8th was World Ocean Day! Since we live along the coastline of Monterey Bay, it was most appropriate to celebrate it with lots of events. One event that I tabled for the day was the Beneath The Waves film festival at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz.

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The Exploration Center is across the street from the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, so there was a lot of foot traffic. There was music, booths with activities, and mini films that the public could watch for free.

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The game we brought to our booth was really fun. It was a matching game that was in both English and Spanish. You had to match the food and habitat to each animal picture. I found out the hard way that it is best to practice translating everything in Spanish prior to doing the activity.  I didn’t know how to fully describe the game in Spanish,  this is something I still need to work on. It’s tricky for me, translating some English terms into Spanish was tough. But I was glad that we had Latino families at the event and the Spanish speakers appreciated my efforts to play the game in their language.

Tabling for Elkhorn Slough was great! I learned ways to engage the public and how motivate people to visit the Slough. I enjoyed tabling at this event and I hope to host another educational activity there again before my internship comes to an end.

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