LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is a free environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California's National Marine Sanctuaries to increase awareness and stewardship of these important areas.
Beach or Tidepool?
Two distinct monitoring programs make up the core of the LiMPETS network: the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Sandy Beach Monitoring Program. Both programs are free and designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data. The online data entry system on the LiMPETS website allows our participants to archive their data electronically and to view and analyze their results over time. The LiMPETS network provides authentic, hands-on coastal monitoring experiences that empower teachers, students and the community to conduct real science and serve as ocean stewards.
For more information about LiMPETS, please visit the LiMPETS website!
Register for LiMPETS Teacher Workshop
Before students can participate in LiMPETS, teachers are required to attend a LiMPETS workshop.
If you are interested in a LiMPETS workshop at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, please fill out a form under Teacher Resources. See the LiMPETS website for information on LiMPETS workshops in other regions this year.
Schedule LiMPETS Field Trip
LiMPETS Field Trips are available to teachers who have already attended a LiMPETS teacher workshop. Please note the following guidelines before scheduling a field trip:
Sandy Beach Monitoring field trips are available for grades and up. Sandy Beach Monitoring must occur on a falling tide. Please consider the NOAA tide chart before requesting a field trip date and time.
Rocky Intertidal Monitoring field trips are available for grades 9 and up. Rocky Intertidal Monitoring must occur on specific low tides. Please refer to the list of available monitoring dates before requesting a field trip date and time.
A maximum of 20 students can monitor at a time. Allow at least 2 hours to complete monitoring.
Bus Scholarship Request
LiMPETS Bus Scholarships are awarded based on need and a first come, first serve basis. The maximum award per school is $600.
The scholarship will be issued as a reimbursement. You must submit the bus company invoice within three weeks of your trip.