Students Learn about Plankton and Protected Oceans with the Sanctuary Exploration Center

On a special field trip in addition to cleanups this year, alternative education students visited the Sanctuary Exploration Center to sample plankton off of the Santa Cruz wharf and identify microorganisms at the center’s lab under the microscope. This field trip was intentionally offered after the classroom and cleanup programs so that students could draw connections between plastic microfibers in cigarette butts and microplastics in the ocean and in plankton samples.