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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

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

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

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?

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The Guide's Guide to Acadia National Park, originally created to share important information about the park's facilities and natural and cultural resources with commercial guides, is available to the public on this website. The guide contains everything you would want to know about the park. More...