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Encountering Oceans and Habitats with GOALS!
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Posted: 8/1/2018 10:00:00 AM

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Marine and Earth Science Week

by Elena — Summer Intern; GOALS alum and Past Navigator, 2014

It feels like barely any time has passed but somehow, it’s already Week Four of the GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive! The theme is Marine and Earth Science and this week, I’m going with the girls on their weekly field trip.

 
“...the girls stand huddled in groups, talking excitedly about how scary the giant humpback whale was and how cool it would be to be a deep-sea explorer.”
Our first stop of the day is the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.
The exhibit starts in a room surrounded by screens flashing the word ‘Welcome” in many different languages. Next, we’re ushered through a large, yellow door where we find ourselves transported underwater. For the next hour, we find ourselves traveling all over the world. The girls explore the coral reefs of the South Pacific, learning how organisms use bioluminesce to their advantage when night falls, and wander their way through a disorienting kelp forest maze. In the depths of the ocean, we peer into the home of the giant Humboldt squids and tensely watch as two of them begin to fight. There’s no doubt that the girls are loving every second of this exhibit. At the end of the journey, the girls stand huddled in groups, talking excitedly about how Central Park Zooscary the giant humpback whale was and how cool it would be to be a deep-sea explorer. Even after lunchtime, everyone is still buzzing from the Ocean Odyssey Exhibit.

At 12:00 pm, we hop on the train and make our way to the second location: Central Park Zoo. Although we’re a little tired, the mention of watching a sea lion feeding re-energizes the girls in an instant. After that, the tour guides take us around the rest of the zoo, slipping in interesting facts as they point out the animals. I learn that the two grizzly bears, Veronica and Betty, were named after the Archie comic book characters! From trying to spot the birds hiding in the Tropic Zone to watching the snow monkeys lounge in the sun, we have an amazing time at the zoo. The day ends with a visit to the gift shop and finally, after a long yet incredibly fun day, we dismiss the girls.
   
 


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