How do I Get Involved?

Who can participate?

We work with many different types of school groups, informal environmental education and community organizations. Our Sandy Beach Monitoring Program is open to 6th grade to college students, while our Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program is designed for 9th grade to college students.

We provide staff support and a variety of resources to communities within a 50-mile radius of a National Marine Sanctuary office. Offices are located in San Francisco, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. Services include equipment loan, assistance in the classroom and the field, support with data entry and analysis, and more!

What is involved?

  1. Teacher Workshop: All teachers need to participate in a Workshop to join the LiMPETS Network.
  2. Training: LiMPETS science educators come to your class prior to monitoring to teach your students protocols, species identification, etc.
  3. Monitoring: Collect important data with your students! How frequently should you monitor? That’s up to you. Some participants monitor only once per year. Others monitor seasonally or monthly.
  4. Data Entry: After data is collected, you and your students enter data online.
  5. Analysis: Optionally, students research questions and use the online graphing tools to analyze results.
  6. Communication: Sharing your results is important too! Some participants present posters at scientific meetings; others enter student film contests or write science blogs for the LiMPETS website.