Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Teaching Kids About Science via PORTS

PORTS instructor Vonnie Lempke, right, delivers a videoconferenced lesson about butterflies to a second-grade classroom from a makeshift studio at Seacliff State Beach. The "L" and "R" signs help Lempke, standing off-camera, navigate the green screen as a TV meteorologist does.

With support from Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and other nonprofits, the award-winning PORTS program helps California students learn science via distance learning.