UCI Boat Trip – Ocean/D-Eco-Self 2018

UCI Boat Trip – Ocean/D-Eco-Self 2018

Ocean/Discovery of the Ecological Self 2018

One of the best ways to learn about the world around you is going out to observe it. The best way to feel connected with nature is to learn about and see it, first hand. That is what the students of the Aslan Youth Ministry and Monmouth University’s Sculpture 2 class did as a highlight of their D-Eco-Self workshops. Hosted by the Urban Coast Institute, the group was invited to take an ocean boat ride with Captain Jim Nickels. Tours were led by Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy senior Rebecca Klee and junior Taylor Donovan with support from their faculty mentor Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Pedram Daneshgar. The Aslan Youth students also were accompanied by family members.

The youth artists brought their ocean themed eco-masks out on the water, and wearing their masks in the ocean environment that inspired them. While a group was on the boat, the other half stayed on the shore to observe the plants and the environment at the Monmouth Marine and Environmental Field Station site in Rumson, New Jersey. The students also took a lot of pictures to show off all of their hard work with their eco-masks. Karl Vilacoba, Urban Coast Institute’s Communications Director, wrote a April 16th, 2018 blog post about the event.

To view pictures from the boat trip, check out the gallery!