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UCLA VOLUNTEER CENTER: Heal the Bay...
Do you like science AND long walks on the beach? Then join our citizen-science based program, MPA...

Heal the Bay’s Winter MPA Watch Training

February 17th, 2016

Location: 1444 9th Street, 2nd Floor Santa Monica CA 90401
Duration: Multiple Days
First Day : Feb 17, 2016
Last Day: Feb 20, 2016



Do you like science AND long walks on the beach?

Then join our citizen-science based program, MPA Watch!

Volunteers will be trained on how to collect data while walking along the most beautiful beaches of Malibu and Palos Verdes. Become a volunteer by attending the 2-part training program, which includes one classroom training and one field training session.

Note: Attendance at both sessions is mandatory

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 – Classroom Training
•Heal the Bay Main Office (snacks provided)
•6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
•Must RSVP here: https://donate.healthebay.org/santa-monica/events/winter-mpa-watch-training-february-2016/e67061

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 – Field Training
•TBD – Palos Verdes or Malibu
•10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
•Classroom training on February 17th must be completed

Volunteer Requirements
•Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, or with a parent/guardian
•Comfortable hiking outdoors for 1-2 hours
•No previous experience required, but a willingness to learn is advisable; volunteers will be trained and asked to use basic field technology (binoculars, compass, digital cameras) and data sheets
•All volunteers must give at least a 6 month commitment, with 4 surveys a month in the field
•Volunteers must attend mandatory trainings (one classroom and one in the field)
•Once trained, volunteer monitoring times are flexible

What is MPA Watch?

California’s coasts and ocean are public resources that support a variety of human uses.

As a valuable tool for ecosystem protection, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) help replenish marine life populations. In December 2010, a set of MPAs were approved in Southern California, which took effect on January 1, 2012.

MPA Watch volunteers will be trained to monitor coastal and marine resource use. Data collected by our volunteers will provide important information to understand how people are using these new MPAs, and to help inform MPA management. Volunteers will conduct human activity monitoring at various locations as they walk along the beach.

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Time Details

Attendance at both sessions of the two-part training is mandatory.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 - Classroom Training
•Heal the Bay Main Office (snacks provided)
•6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 - Field Training
•TBD - Palos Verdes or Malibu
•10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
•Classroom training on February 17th must be completed


Tags: environment

Contact Person: Lilian Ledesma

Contact Email: lledesma@healthebay.org

Contact Phone Number: (310) 451-1500 Ext. 145.

Organization: Heal the Bay

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