LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is an 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. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History provides this program free of charge.
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. Through these programs, students 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.
LiMPETS Intro to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Teacher Workshop
Get involved in an exciting community science program with your students (grades 9 and up). Workshop participants will receive in-depth curriculum materials and training to participate in LiMPETS rocky intertidal monitoring - a long-term survey of algae and invertebrate populations at monitoring sites along the coast. You can learn more about the LiMPETS program here. Register for the workshop here. There is a $30 deposit to register, which will be refunded after you attend the workshop. For questions about this program, please contact Hannah Sarver at (831) 648-5716 ext.11 or email@example.com
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 6 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.
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.