During the 2012 February break, twelve 9th and 10th graders went to Baja California to explore the biodiversity of
its peninsula. In addition to studying the plant and animal species of the Sea of Cortez, students discussed evolution
along with the ecological and sustainability issues of the area. The group also did some community service, cleaning
up a beach and taking supplies to a school in a fishing village.
All that said, the highlight of the trip was, without a doubt, whale watching. To see a gray whale from the shore
is exciting, but to encounter and touch a grey whale in its natural environment is one of the most moving,
extraordinary experiences in the world. Adult whales and calves alike peacefully approach human visitors in the
secluded lagoons of Baja California. Each year, gray whales make a 10,000-mile swim up and down the Pacific
Coast. Traveling in small groups called pods, they trace one of Nature’s longest migratory paths.