Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Science & Environmental Policy


Environmental interpretation allows people to gain an understanding of their surroundings, know why the environment is important and to have a greater appreciation for the environment as a whole. By creating a visitors center in Santa Cruz the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary would like to create educational programs for the public and students to make people more environmentally aware. The overall goal for my project was to compile a database of informal science education centers in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas, compile a database of schools in Santa Cruz County and use this information to aid in the development of educational programs for the Sanctuary visitor center. This was done by using the database of informal education centers to collect information from each of them, such as curriculum, activities, etc., about their current school programs they have in place. The database of teachers Santa Cruz County was used for survey distribution in order to get feedback on what types programs for their students they would like to see at the visitor center.


Capstone Project (B.S.) Division of Science and Environmental Policy