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    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...