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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Shoreline Discovery - Maine Learning Results

Acadia National Park Education District
Shoreline Discovery
Grade 5


  • To increase students’ knowledge of and appreciation for the natural history of Maine’s coastal ecosystems.
  • To foster a sense of respect and stewardship for Acadia’s shoreline.
  • To assist students in understanding the park’s role in preserving and protecting the coastal environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe three factors affecting tides.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of three coastal ecosystems at Acadia.
  • Identify two challenges and two related adaptations of organisms found in each coastal ecosystem.
  • Name two ways the NPS protects and preserves Acadia’s coastline.
  • List three aspects of proper tide pool etiquette.
  • Understand and explain three ecological concepts.
  • Identify two plants and two animals by their physiological structure.


Science and Technology
A. Classifying Life Forms
Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of all living things.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe some structural and behavioral adaptations that allow organisms to survive in a changing environment (A-3).

B. Ecology
Students will understand how living things depend on one another and on non-living aspects of the environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze how the finite resources in an ecosystem limit the types and populations of organisms within it (B-2).
  • Describe succession and other ways that ecosystems can change over time (B-3).
  • Generate examples of the variety of ways that organisms interact (e.g. competition, predator/prey, parasitism/mutualism) (B-4).

D. Continuity and Change
Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of living things.

Students will be able to:

  • Provide examples of the concept of natural and artificial selection and its role in species changes over time (D-3).

F. The Earth
Students will gain knowledge about the earth and the processes that change it.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe factors that can cause short-term and long-term changes to the earth (F-4).

I. Motion
Students will understand the motion of objects and how forces can change that motion.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the motion of objects using knowledge of Newton's Laws (I-1).

Alignment with additional learning results may occur during programming.


Did You Know?

A park ranger points out features of a tree to visitors during a ranger program.

From late May to early October, park rangers at Acadia National Park offer a variety of programs to suit every interest and activity level. Programs include walks, talks, hikes, narrated boat cruises, bike rides, and more. Check out the Beaver Log for a schedule of programs. More...