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Sausalito, CA 94965

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3-2-1 CONTACT

Designed for younger children, this video defines the word "model" and gives several examples. This helps the children understand the purpose and some of the possibilities for scientific models.
1987 2 minutes video (young children)

THE BAY BENEATH

This award winning film is an excellent introduction to the Bay Model. It describes the importance of the model as a scientific and educational tool that helps us learn about our impact on the Bay environment.
10 minutes video

CALIFORNIA’S GROUNDWATER & THE CALIFORNIA GROUNDWATER MODEL

MODELING MONDAY – MODELING SONG

1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE: POP'S STORY

23 minutes video

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION...STRENGTHENING YOUR WOOD FRAME HOME

THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK #2302

THE EARTHQUAKE IS COMING!

This film was taped from a television Frontline special, with Judy Woodruff. It attempts to predict the worldwide effects of a major earthquake in the Bay Area in a worst-case scenario. This film is not recommended for children.
1985 1 hour video (high school - adult)

EARTHQUAKES! ENVIRONMENTS AND EFFECTS

Travel to quake-prone areas and study the causes and effects of earthquakes. See how people who live in these areas prepare themselves for earthquakes.
(7th grade - adult)

EARTHQUAKE PREPARDNESS

FLOOD!

FLOOD FIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Describes proper techniques for fighting floods, including the proper use of sandbags to protect your home.
18 minutes video (9th grade - adult)

FLOOD WARNINGS

FRONT LINE: EARTHQUAKE

60 minutes video

IT’S YOUR FAULT – BEING PREPARED

Earthquake preparation film.

PICTURE STORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE

Here is the story of the San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire, told with rare, recently restored photos.
1986 24 minutes video (9th grade - adult)

YOGI BEAR AND EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS

This cartoon is aimed at younger children, to teach them what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
5 minutes video (kindergarten - 6th grade)

A CLEAN EXIT

This film views the Army's environmental restoration of the Presidio from post to park.
30 minutes video (7th grade - adult)

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Join Bill Nye the Science guy while exploring the development from diatoms to mammals.

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Join Bill Nye the Science guy while exploring the rocks, energy, genes, the water cycle, and friction.

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY – MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

CALIFORNIA'S TULE ELK

Strong images and stirring narrative portray how a bountiful wildlife legacy was nearly shattered by the gold rush and the race to develop California's natural resources.
1990 26 minutes video

CALIFORNIA WATER: WHAT'S NEXT?

Water is California's most valuable resource. This debate brings together leading experts on water policy in an attempt to provide Californians with a fair and comprehensive look at the complex question of water development. Recommended for 9th grade and up.
1983 1 hour video (9th grade - adult)

CONDOR

Hosted by Robert Redford and produced by the National Audubon Society, this video tells the story of the endangered California Condor. It focuses on conservation and what is being done now to try to save this species.
1974 1 hour video (6th grade - adult)

CONJUNCTION USE: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO WATER PLANNING

This program simplifies an often misunderstood concept: conjunctive use – coordinating surface water and groundwater supplies, which are often managed as separate resources. Conjunctive use has the potential of maximizing water use efficiency, water supply protection and water conservation for communities throughout California. Produced by the Water Education Foundation.
1999 11 minute video

DAVID’S “HUMPHERY” TOUR

DRIVE INTO THE CORAL REEFS

EARTH DAY 1990

This is a series of television clips and news programs aired during Earth Day 1990. Included is Bay Area Channel 5's Earth Day Quiz, which alerts viewers to environmental problems facing our earth. The program also offers reasonable suggestions to the question "What can I do?" The Earth Day Quiz is approximately 20 minutes long.
1990 2 hours video (6th grade - adult)

EAGLES

ESTUARY

Using fantastic underwater micro-photography, this production provides a close-up look at an estuary -- the biologically important wetlands where the fresh water of a river meets the salt water of the ocean. As we watch barnacles feeding, and the comic acrobatics of diving ducks, the film details the complex ecology of estuarial life.
1979 12 minutes video (4th grade - young adult)

FROM A SNOWFLAKE TO THE BAY

Learn how water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains travel to our homes in the Bay Area.
12 minutes video (4th grade – young adults)

GIFTS OF THE WHALES

THE GROUND WATER ADVENTURES OF WALTER WET

This video teaches about groundwater protection and preservation at the local (municipal) level. Learn about basic hydrology, aquifers, wells, pollution sources and well head protection. Produced by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and US Environmental Protection Agency.
12 minutes video

HUMPHREY'S TALE

Wendy Tokuda of KPIX TV news tells the story of Humphrey the whale using actual news footage. This film is designed for children but adults will enjoy the story too.
1991 35 minutes video (children - young adults)

IF DOLPHINS COULD TALK

Michael Douglas hosts this National Audubon Society special on dolphins. The video features spectacular photography, and stresses the importance of conservation and protecting our wildlife.
1990 1 hour video (6th grade - adult)

I'M SAVING THE EARTH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Caring for the environment is not just a corporate concern. It has to happen in the home as well. This entertaining and fun video follows Dave Cole, an environmental auditor, as Dave performs an audit of the Seagull household. Issues like hazardous waste disposal of home products, air and water quality, and conservation tips are all covered in the action-oriented video. Also included are important steps you can take to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in your home.
1995 12 minutes video

THE INTERTIDAL ZONE

Through the eyes of a patient and observant marine biologist we explore the ecology of the intertidal zone, that area covered by the highest tides and exposed during the lowest. The many special adaptations to this difficult environment, interactive life cycles, and food chains, are detailed with stunning visuals.
1985 17 minutes video (high school - adult)

JELLIES & OTHER OCEAN DRIFTERS

JEWEL KEEPERS

From this beginning, California's State Parks and the number of Ranger/Guardians protecting, interpreting and administering them, has steadily grown. Meet the true pioneers of the early State Parks, including the first female Ranger. You will find these Rangers and their experiences as inspirational as the parks in which they served. 1991 25 minutes video

JOURNEY OF THE BLOB

Learn about the water cycle by following a little boy's science project through Canada's waters. This clever little film is for children 5 to 12 years old.
1990 10 minutes video (kindergarten - 7th grade)

JUDGEMENT ON THE WATER

Produced by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
16 minute video (at the Water Safty Table)

JUST ADD WATER

This Canadian film discusses the impact of water management and irrigation.
1991 24 minutes video (high school - adult)

KIDS BY THE BAY

Learn about restoring the environment and study about endangered species.
19 minutes video (kindergarten – 5th grade)

LIFE IN THE SEA: VOLUME 1 -- GREAT SEA MAMMALS

Discover the vast underwater world as you've never seen it before. Learn how the oceans were formed and why the sea is blue. Witness the fascinating phenomenon of the underwater food chain at work. Enjoy the exquisite beauty and playful intelligence of the dolphin with its complex language and amazing communication skills. Marvel at the magnificence of the whale, the world's oldest mammal, which has made the ocean its playpen. Meet the monarch of the sea, orca, the killer whale, who reigns supreme. Discover the gory secrets of the fiercest water mammals as they hunt for prey. Learn to identify many of the hundreds of species of fish, including the colorful angelfish, the tang, the harlequin bass, the dour lizard fish, and the funny-looking long snout seahorse. From the smallest microscopic organism to the largest ravenous predatory uncover the mysteries of Life in the Sea.
60 minutes video

LIFE IN THE SEA: VOLUME 2 -- GREAT SEA PREDATORS

Go face-to-face with the terror of the shark. Witness a variety of species from the hammerhead to the jet-fighter shape of the mako shark, and the sleek, fearful terror of the great white. Learn how a boneless skeleton and unique reproductive behavior separate the shark from other fish. Discover why some fish live in disguise and how that can mean the difference between life and death. See the blue shark use countershading to creep up on prey without being noticed. Experience the camouflaging tactics of dangerous fish who change color and sex routinely. Understand what can thrive and what can perish within the stinging tentacles of the sea anemone. Witness the deadly skill of the octopus as it strangles its prey. Separate fact from fiction in this real-life adventure into Life in the Sea.
60 minutes video

MAGNIFICENT FISH – THE FORGOTTON GAINT

MESSAGE FROM THE MOUNTAIN

NO SAFE HARBOR

Ted Danson, founder of the American Oceans Campaign, explores the condition of our waters and our fish as he journeys from the eastern bays to the western sounds. Along the way he meets fishermen and scientists who tell their own stories. A visual tale of vast marine resources, No Safe Harbor chronicles tremendous loss and possible remedies. It is at once disturbing, educational and inspiring.
1990 19 minutes video

OCEANS ALIVE! PARTS 2, 3, 4

A series of twenty 5-minute programs that illustrate the relationships among marine life and support the teaching of life science. Filmed entirely in the wild in the Red Sea, Caribbean Sea, Sea of Cortez, Pacific, and other locations, Oceans Alive! encourages students to ask questions and to share their experiences about the sea.
49 minutes video

THE POWER OF WATER

60 minute video

SALMON AND STEELHEAD: ON THE EDGE

A stunning documentary on the status of California's salmon and steelhead trout resources and the lives and communities dependent on the fishery.
1988 28 minutes video (7th grade - adult)

SALT WATER INTRUSION DEMO

1988 8 minutes film

SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY PROJECT

The EPA has designed a project to guide the use and preservation of the Bay and Delta area. This film describes the many uses and problems of the area, and then offers possible solutions.
1979 16 minutes video (9th grade - adult)

SEASHORE

Dives into the explosive front line between land and sea. From crashing waves and blasting winds to placid tide pool, discover what makes our coastlines so alluring to the masses of wildlife and humans who gather there.
1996 35 minutes video

SECRETS OF THE BAY

Narrated by Evening Magazine's Jan Yanehiro, this film reveals the wildlife hidden among the six million human inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area. This video was produced by the Save San Francisco Bay Association.
1990 28 minutes video (5th grade - young adult)

SHARKS

Peter Benchley, the author of "Jaws", tells the real story behind the most feared of sea animals. Spectacular photography enhances the National Audubon Society video which emphasizes the need for conservation.
1989 1 hour video (9th grade - adult)

TRASHING THE OCEANS

Divided into three segments, the first describes the effects of garbage, especially plastic, on sea life. The following segment describes a successful project designed to prevent such disasters as demonstrated in Newport, Oregon. The video ends with a recap of the first segment. There are some distressing photos of injured and trapped animals--not recommended for younger children.
1988 19 minutes video (9th grade - adult)

TRIPPING WITH TERWILLIGER: BAY TIDELANDS

Using the theater of the mind, the audience is led by Mr. Raccoon through the magic door of discovery on a journey that creates respect for and an awareness of the beauty of nature. Guided by naturalist Elizabeth Terwilliger to a saltwater marsh and bay tidelands at low tide, secrets of the wildlife environment are shared through the observation of several intriguing creatures in their natural habitat. Recommended for preschool through 6th grade.
1972 14 minutes video

VANISHING WETLANDS

WATER: A PRECIOUS RESOURCE

Students learn where water comes from...and by means of an animated sequence of the hydrologic cycle, they learn how water is endlessly recycled. Students will also observe some of the many ways in which water is used - and abused. Recommended for grades 6 through adult.
1980 23 minutes video (6th grade - adult)

WATERQUEST

The history of water in California is portrayed in this program. Rare drawings and historic film footage cover water controversies from the days of Mexican ranches and gold miners to today's discussions over environmental, agricultural and urban uses.
1989 28 minutes video (7th grade - adult)

WETLANDS ROUNDUP

WHALES!

Johnny Carson narrates this National Audubon Society video highlighting the fascinating life of the whale.
1991 1 hour video (5th grade - young adult)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT H2O?

A talking cartoon raindrop answers such questions as "What is evaporation?" and "Where does rain come from?" For younger children.
1988 5 minutes video (kindergarten - 6th grade)

WILD SALMON FEVER

Learn about anadramous fish and the earth ecosystem
22 minutes video (ages 5 – adults)

THE WORLD BELOW

The Worlds Below is a wondrous journey into the undersea worlds of California's Monterey Bay. Six lyric compositions of images and music transport you from wave-swept rocks, across the vast submerged plains, and into the mysterious dark depths of the Monterey Canyon. Then our narrator, marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, takes us back through these undersea worlds on a voyage of words, adding interesting new information to the worlds we've experienced. Each time you revisit these subsea domains, they become more fascinating.
1988 21 minutes video

YELLOW STARTHISTLE

ENGINEERING IS FOR EVERYONE

ENGINEERS: TURNING IDEAS INTO REALITY

WHO ARE ENGINEERS? YOU?

12 minute video

MARIN TANKERS: CONSIDERING THE ALTERNATIVES

Actor Joseph Campanella discusses the current state of the marine tanker industry. He highlights the necessity for tankers, identifies the navigational safeguards that are in place to insure their safe passage, and looks at alternative methods for transporting nearly one million barrels of crude oil to the west each day.
(high school - adult)

THE MEN WHO SAILED THE LIBERTY SHIPS

250,000 Americans volunteered to sail cargo ships in World War II. Civilians in war, merchant seamen faced every known hazard at sea. As a result of their dangerous work, they suffered one of the highest casualty rates of World War II. Filmed on board the "Jeremiah O'Brien", the last unaltered Liberty Ship still afloat.THE MEN WHOSAILED THE LIBERTY SHIPS tells the story of these ordinary Americans who performed one of the nation's most dangerous jobs in World War II.
1994 57 minutes video (high school - adult)

PORTRAITS: 1787

This is a short narrated history enhanced by wonderful pen and ink drawings telling the story of the making of the United States Constitution.
1987 11 minutes video (7th grade - adult)

REMEMBERENCE OF WAR EPISODE 2

75 YEARS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY FERRYBOATS

A seventy-five year graphic history documenting the growth of a primitive ferryboat fleet into the world's largest has been assembled. Forty-five ferries are shown, with their construction, types of propulsion and scenes of life on board.
1991 90 minutes video

THE ALMA SAILS

AQUA SMART BOATING

AQUA SMART WATER & BOATING

For grade levels K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th

BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY

Narrated by Ted Koppel, David Brinkley and Peter Jennings, this TV special tells the story of the constitution from its origins to modern-day constitutional debates. This program uses the talents of Martin Sheen, Louis Gossett Jr. and other such famous faces to reenact some of the great monologues of history, discussing the constitutional rights of slavery, abortion, and affirmative action. The program is long, and the vocabulary is not suited for younger children, but older children and adults will find this an interesting addition to their knowledge of United States history.
1987 2 hours video (10th grade - adult)

BUILDING THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Learn how this engineering masterpiece was constructed and the difficulties encountered during construction and opening day.
1960 27 minutes video (7th grade - adult)

BUILDING A NEW WORLD

Someone actually made math, science and engineering fun! So fun that 10,000 Minnesota kids, grades 4th through 9th, got together to build a 40 foot diameter globe, perhaps the biggest globe ever -- in just one day! Watch Peggy Knapp, who is also a field reporter for Newton's Apple, show you the building of the one- millionth scale globe from start to finish. Even Mystery Science Theater 3000 robots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot get into the act. If you think you may go to college and like science and math, watch this video! And see how much fun learning can be.
1993 23 minutes video (4th grade - 9th grade)

CADILLAC DESERT – MULLHOLLANDS DREAM: PROGRAM 1

CADILLAC DESERT – AN AMERICAN NILE: PROGRAM 2

CADILLAC DESERT – THE MERCY OF NATURE: PROGRAM 3

CADILLAC DESERT – LAST OASIS: PROGRAM 4

CALIFORNIA MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

8 minutes video

CHINATOWN – PARAMOUNT PICTURES

CITIZENS PROTECTING AMERICA’S PARKS

EDUCATION IS THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION

THE EXPEDITION OF LEWIS & CLARK 1804-1806

32 minutes video

FISH TALES: SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY GASSES

GETTING AWAY – WHEELCHAIRS ON WHITE WATER

GYOTAKUI: JAPANESE FISH PAINTING

A HOME FOR PEARL

A film about restoring the Presidio of San Francisco.

JASON XI

First and second saturday broadcast video.

LEWIS & CLARK - CONFLUENCE OF TIME & COURAGE

Journey back 200 years and follow in the footsteps of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they explore the unknown reaches of the wild Missouri River, cross the Rockies, and ride the turbulent waters of the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Confluence of Time and Courage traces the Corps for Northwestern Discovery through 17 states.
2004 33 minutes DVD

LEWIS & CLARK - THE EASTERN LEGACY

The Eastern Legacy of the Corps of Discovery follows Lewis and Clark as they prepared for this first of the great explorations undertaken in the United States.
DVD

LEWIS & CLARK - THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY
PART ONE & TWO

Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most important expedition in American history - a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific.
1997 120 minutes each Video

LIFE ON THE WATER: THE STORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAR PILOT

It is one of the busiest harbors in the world. Each day dozens of vessels carrying everything from oil to wheat to automobiles thread their way through a maze of narrow shipping lanes and channels to reach safe mooring. Guiding these ships through the treacherous currents beneath the Golden Gate are experts - highly skilled mariners whose job it is to know every nuance, every hazard on the constantly changing waters. They are the San Francisco bar pilots. Narrated by Cliff Robertson.
30 minutes video (8th grade - adult)

LOMA PRIETA STORY

Presented by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

THE LORAX

THE MAKEY WATER CAPER

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

THE NEW EXPLORERS THE JASON PROJECT AT THE BAY MODEL

NO SAFE HARBOR

19 minutes video (6th grade – adult)

PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD – HOME: PROGRAM 1

PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD – WORK: PROGRAM 2

PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD – COMMUNITY: PROGRAM 3

RIDE SAFE, RIDE SMART

So you’re gonna ride a personal watercraft? There’s a few things you need to know first. This video take you through questions like: How close can I ride to another boat? How old do I have to be to ride one of those jet skis? And much more. Join pro jet skiers and a spokemodel to learn about being safe in the water while having fun. Produced by the Army Corps of Engineers.
1997 16 minute video

RINGS…MORE THAN JUST A CIRCLE

ROLLER COASTER - NOVA

SAN PABLO BAYLANDS: HISTORIC WETLANDS IN THE BAY AREA

1997 18 minutes film (9th grade – adults)

SAFE PASSAGE - ACOE

SAUSALITO: A LIVING POSTCARD

This video is distributed by the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce to entice San Francisco visitors to the other side of the Bay. It is a ten minute video showing various scenes of downtown Sausalito and the surrounding waters.
1988 10 minutes video (9th grade - adult)

SEA TREK VIDEO PRESENTATION

11 minute video

SETTING A COURSE: THE CALIFORNIA BAY-DELTA

This program explores the Delta’s challenge from the history of the natural marsh to the highly engineered water projects which serve a state that ranks as the seventh largest economy in the world. Hosted by Timothy Busfield. Produced by the Water Education Foundation.
1998 57 minutes video

SETTING A COURSE: THE CALIFORNIA BAY DELTA

Produced by the Water Education Foundation.
2001 13 minutes video

SONOMA BAYLANDS PROJECT

TALES OF THE DELTA

(kindergarten – 6th grade)

TEAMING UP FOR THE BAY AND DELTA

14 minutes video

A VIDEO TOUR -- SAN FRANCISCO

Soar over the City's famous bridges. See the Golden Gate, the world's most famous bridge, from a bird's eye view and travel the length of the Bay Bridge, the City's longest bridge. The famous Coit Tower which memorializes San Francisco's volunteer firemen. Golden Gate Park - three miles long and half a mile wide with over 1,000 acres of park land. Fisherman's Wharf - visit a rich part of San Francisco's past, the City's fishing fleet, and fabulous restaurants and unique shops. Chinatown - one of the largest Chinese communities in the country. The Cable Cars - a trip on Andrew Hallidie's magical invention.
1987 28 minutes video

WATER SAFTEY – A FAMILY AFFAIR

17 minutes video

WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3 hours film

WHAT PRICE HAPPINESS #1

WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? CALIFORNIA’S NETWORK

15 minutes video

WHERE DOES IT ALL GO? CENTRAL MARIN STORM DRAINS & SEWERS

1994-95 12 minutes video (4th grade – 7th grade)

WILD ABOUT LIFE

WINDOWS TO THE PAST

A WORLD IN OUR BACKYARD