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Marine biologist inspires Lewis River Academy students to learn about Pacific Northwest marine life

The Columbian
Published: May 20, 2023, 5:55am

WOODLAND — Marine biologist John Ford offered students at Woodland Public Schools’ Lewis River Academy a presentation and hands-on lesson about bones on April 26. After nearly 30 years of visiting Woodland annually, his visit marked his return after a nearly three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ford shared his expertise and enthusiasm about the world that exists beneath the ocean’s surface, from giant whales to the smallest tidepool inhabitants.

Following his presentation, Ford encouraged the students to have hands-on experiences with a variety of bones, cartilage and other materials he brought along. “Seeing first-hand exactly how big these bones really are can truly widen students’ eyes to the sheer size and expanse of our world’s vast ocean,” he said.