This past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to team up with The Palos Verdes Interpretive Center for their Kids to Parks Day event. The whole team headed out to Palos Verdes at about 8:30 in the morning, stopping once we got in the area to get coffee and enjoy the beautiful ocean view. There was not a cloud in the sky, and by 10am it was already 70 degrees. We were welcomed into the Interpretive Center with big smiles and open arms. They had a whole room reserved just for us and our research! We got to work right away, setting up our slideshow, pamphlets, poster, and paper for the kids (and adults) to color on. In the room next to us, they set up a puppet show about the inter-tidal zone, while outside they set up an arts and crafts table to make 2D kelp forests. As the event progressed, we were lucky to be able to spend time with some really interesting kids and their parents. We met both UCLA and USC alums (one mom had trained her 4 year old to say “Go Trojans.”) who were interested in our project.
After the event finished, we packed up our supplies, got lunch as a team, and headed down the road to go freediving. We arrived at Christmas Tree cove, parked the car, and descended down to the beach. The trail was incredibly steep and we all tried not to slip while simultaneously attempting to take pictures of the view. Once we reached a good location, Ariel and Kelli donned their wetsuits and headed into the water. They swam out towards the kelp, getting pictures and video as they went. Once everyone was dried off and packed up, we headed back up the trail- but not before we took a video of the 4 of us doing a UCLA 8-clap. Such a fun day out in PV!