Meet OMSI Outdoor Science Education instructors on location for the hands-on, interactive programming that makes our outdoor science schools so popular. Schools are responsible for transportation to and from sites, chaperones at a 1:8 ratio and lunch.
The rocky shores of the Oregon Coast are amazing places to learn about taxonomy and adaptations. Meet OMSI instructors at the tide pools and let them guide your students’ explorations. Discover how mussels attach to rocks and how sea anemones feed. There are multiple locations where instructors can meet you for a day at the coast. Contact OMSI for program dates and locations.
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Structure and Function:
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Explain how genetics and anatomical characteristics are used to classify organisms and infer evolutionary relationships.
Interaction and Change:
Explain the interdependence of plants, animals, and environment, and how adaptation influences survival.
Explain how individual organisms and populations in an ecosystem interact and how changes in populations are related to resources.
Evaluate natural processes and human activities that affect global environmental change and suggest and evaluate possible solutions to problems.
Explain how landforms change over time at various rates in terms of constructive and destructive forces.
Explain the processes by which plants and animals obtain energy and materials for growth and metabolism.
Describe the processes of Earth’s geosphere and the resulting major geological events.
Explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Describe evidence for evolution.
Evaluate the impact of human activities on environmental quality and the sustainability of Earth systems. Describe how environmental factors influence resource management.
Explain how ecosystems change in response to disturbances and interactions. Analyze the relationships among biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems.
Explain how biological evolution is the consequence of the interactions of genetic variation, reproduction and inheritance, natural selection, and time.