A park ranger and educator conduct the Sorting Sand activity during a recent Teachers Workshop.
A park ranger and educator conduct the Sorting Sand activity during a recent Teachers Workshop.

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The Beach Dynamics activities are designed to enhance understanding of barrier beach change through time, and can be used during field trips to Fire Island National Seashore. Learn more about each activity below:

  • An understanding of sand composition and distribution is fundamental to understanding the overarching barrier island dynamics. The Sorting Sand program consists of two activities examining sand properties to be conducted simultaneously on the beach.
  • The Wind, Waves, and Wide Open Sea activity measures wind and wave conditions, forces that shape the beach. These parameters allow us to monitor and predict shoreline change, and to understand the dynamic nature of barrier islands.


 

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Subject:
Earth Science, Mathematics
National/State Standards:
Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12; Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects 6-12; Next Generation Science Standards
Keywords:
shoreline dynamics, coastal processes
type:
Curricula