Environment & Science

Heal the Bay campaigns to maintain marine biology education in face of budget cuts

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Earth Weekend 2010
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Earth Weekend 2010
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Heal the Bay has announced a new fundraising effort to raise money for continued marine biology education in local public schools, seeking to bolster programs likely targeted for budget cuts.

The environmental group hopes to raise $30,000 by the end of the school year.

Cuts may include field trips to the ocean and coastal aquariums, which Heal the Bay is afraid may keep students from performing up to par in science education. The group says experimental, interactive and hands-on learning have been proven to increase performance.

A contribution of $500 to the Get on the Bus campaign, they say, would pay for 65 students to visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which hosts 20,000 students a year, courtesy of Heal the Bay.