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Marine Plastic Pollution: Research, Recovery, and Solutions

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$10 Member Price / $20 Non-Member Price

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The Point Reyes peninsula extends into the California Current and collects floating marine debris and plastic pollution from local and global sources along the over 80 miles of shoreline within its boundaries. What is marine debris and how does it impact ocean ecosystems? Where does it come from and what is being done to better understand it? How can we help create a future free from toxic plastic pollution for local ocean ecosystems? Participants in the course will join marine toxicologist Dr. Chris Pincetich in the field and classroom, hiking outdoors to the extreme western end of South Beach to collect debris and data, then gathering inside to interpret the day’s findings and learning the facts about marine plastic pollution. Take part in cleaning the beach, removing small plastic items and large marine debris from the elephant seal rookery site, and participating in the scientific research used to help create future solutions for clean oceans. Join Dr. Pincetich and focus on the oceanography of marine plastic pollution and share real-word solutions to reduce plastic pollution locally and around the world.

Instructed by Chris Pincetich


-This will be a vigorous activity.

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.




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Class Cancelation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancelations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.





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  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Lunch, snacks, and water for the day
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)




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