Sea Otters, Kelp Forests and Hands-On Discovery

Last week the Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade class had a learning-full day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Aquarium is a “jewel” of a resource, with enthusiastic, knowledgeable docents and outstanding displays, including the popular kelp forest tank and a population of Southern (or California) sea otters. These protected mammals, whose wild population is classified as threatened, are the topic of the fifth grade’s in-depth environmental project this year.

“The students had a great visit at the aquarium,” commented teacher Jessica Cambell. “It was an opportunity for discovery at its finest!”


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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.