Field Trips

Animals of Acadia: CSI – Citizen Science Investigations

Two students explore wildlife biology with a ranger.
Small and slimey or giant and graceful, students explore the animals of Acadia.


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National parks provide good habitats for many kinds of animals, yet natural resources in parks are threatened from contaminants and other environmental concerns. The young CSI investigators play food web games showing how toxins like mercury or DDT get into the park and accumulate from prey to predator. We take a tour of the salamander's forest habitat and help the park "monitor" its salamander population, recording data in a field notebook. At the pond we collect and identify dragonfly larvae, a species that can help park scientists tell if Acadia National Park watersheds are healthy. From these field experiences, students are introduced to the important role science plays in conservation decision-making.


Michael Marion
207-288-8823 or 207-288-8812


Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Science and Technology
National/State Standards:
2007 Maine Learning Results
Science & Technology: Universal Themes A1 – A4, Scientific Inquiry B1, Scientific Enterprise C1 – C4, Living Environment E1 and E2
Mathematics: A1, B1
Health & Physical Educ.:A4, I1 and I2
Social Studies: B2
environment, habitat, citizen science, Civilians, bioaccumulation, food webs, stewardship, watershed
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