Van Damme
State Beach

Explore - Mendocino Coast Marine Protected Areas!

Come explore the sandy beaches, rocky reefs, sea caves, and kelp forests of Van Damme State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA)!

The health of these marine habitats are supported by a handful of keystone species which keep the ecosystem balanced. Some keystone species have been reduced or have disappeared completely due to many factors and environmental stressors such as warming ocean temperatures, over fishing, and competition for resources.

In this PORTS program we will be focusing on how the loss of a keystone species can weaken or damage an ecosystem, not only affecting our marine life but also affecting the people who live and work in coastal communities. Book this PORTS program to explore these thought-provoking topics and find ways to make a positive impact for a more beautiful future for our marine ecosystems.

Keep reading to discover our On-Demand programs and K-12 educational resources from Van Damme State Beach!

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