Digital Learning

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Digital tools to enhance your learning experience

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is excited to bring to students, parents, and teachers a variety of remote learning opportunities to learn more about the Tijuana Estuary and other coastal wetlands.

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Apps to use at the Reserve

Adventure Lab

Adventure Lab

Explore the world around you with virtual geocaching
Grades 5 and up

Explore the world around you in a whole new way with [our] Geocaching Adventure Lab® outdoor scavenger hunt!” Take a short stroll through this native plant garden to learn about how coastal sage scrub plants have adapted to this very dry climate alongside the California Native Americans of this region, the Kumeyaay. Learn about how these plants were used traditionally by the Kumeyaay and other cultures who have resided here.

Download the Adventure Lab app on itunes or the Google Play store

Download the Adventure Lab app on itunes or the Google Play store.

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Border Field State Park: Divided Together

Uncover border stories
Grades 9 and up

The Divided Together podcast reveals topics that involve separation and unification related to the border featuring people with direct experience and knowledge. In this series, we’ll be highlighting the impacts the border has had on the Kumeyaay and the land they’ve inhabited for thousands of years, how scientists and geographers have collaborated across the border to help preserve and study the land, the various land use practices the Kumeyaay have used throughout time and how altering them has created an alarming impact, and the history and impact of border enforcement.

Download the Border Field app on itunes or the Google Play store.

Download the Border Field app on itunes or the Google Play store.

Use the web app to view the app remotely.

Listen to the podcast

Listen to full episodes of the Divided Together Podcast 

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Agents of Discovery

Discover Border Field State Park in a whole new way! 

Mission name: Marine Debris at Border Field State Park

Agents of Discovery is an educational augmented reality mobile game that allows you to discover the outdoors in a new and exciting way. It is a free app available for download on any smart mobile device -- and the topics are endless! As an added bonus, this mission can be played from wherever you are.

Border Field State Park sits in the most southwestern corner of the United States. It is home to many species living in various habitats, but it is also heavily impacted by marine debris (litter that ends up in marine environments). Join Agent Geo Roadriguez to learn more about the biodiversity of Border Field State Park, how marine debris inhibits plant growth, degrades habitat for pollinators, and about the efforts we make to reduce its spread.

 

Download the Adventure Lab app in the App Store or the Google Play store

Download the Adventure Lab app in the App Store or the Google Play store.

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Agents of Discovery

Explore the secrets of the marsh!

Mission name: Salt Marsh Exploration at the Tijuana Estuary

Agents of Discovery is an educational augmented reality mobile game that allows you to discover the outdoors in a new and exciting way. It is a free app available for download on any smart mobile device -- and the topics are endless! 

Salt marshes can be tough livin'. The Tijuana Estuary has around 235 acres of salt marsh habitat, and living within it are a number of species. Join Agent Mallard Duck as you walk the North McCoy trail and discover the secrets of those species and how they are able to survive. You will learn how plants have adapted to salty water, how to better identify birds and their prey types, but also how salt marshes benefit us humans.

Download the Border Field app on itunes or the Google Play store.

Download the Agents of Discovery app on App Store or the Google Play store.

PORTS Program

Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students

A California State Parks employee makes an educational video at the Estuary

Sign up for a  PORTS program at Tijuana Estuary Natural Preserve in Southern California to explore how the secrets of the salt marsh help to study and protect our changing climate. You can expect to join our interpreters Anne Marie or Empress to guide your students in building observation skills through nature journaling, discover salt marsh habitats and adaptations, or explore some of the real-time data to monitor the health of estuaries.

Programs to choose from:

  • 3rd - 5th grades: Salt Marsh Secrets
  • 6th - 8th grades: Can Salt Marshes Help Fight Climate Change?
  • 9th - 12th grades: Detecting a Changing Climate at Tijuana Estuary

Self-guided class to use at the Tijuana Estuary

Grade K-3

Look for estuary critters!

Activities for the classroom

Grade 2

Sing a water song!

Grades 4-6

Wetland Neighbors is a booklet designed to help students understand why wetlands of the Californias are so important for people, plants, and animals.
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Grades 6-12

This short video will help you learn how to define estuaries.

Grades 6-12

Watch an animation about how estuaries filter runoff from land.

Grades 6-12

Discover how species can live in an estuary.

Grades 6-12

Use real-time data while you learn!

Grade 9-12

Be a System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) data detective!

Grades 6-12

Watch hours of videos from estuaries around the country.

Grades 6-12

Find out how climate change impacts estuaries and how to help.