Field Trips

Shoreline Discovery (3rd Grade)

Two students bend over to look at intertidal creatures closer.
Two students in tidepool school bend over to look at intertidal creatures closer.

NPS/Cynthia Ocel

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Acadia National Park protects around 60 miles of shoreline. There are many different types of shorelines including sand beaches, mudflats, pebbly or cobblestone shores, and big rocky coastlines. On this trip we'll be exploring a sheltered part of Acadia's shoreline called Otter Cove. Students discover who lives in the cove and how everyone and everything is connected in this shoreline habitat. Many animals call the shoreline home, but there are lots of challenges or stresses they must overcome to survive here. Fun visual metaphors help students understand the challenges in this ecosystem and the many adaptations that are a result.

Tides, sediments, animal and algae characteristics, and life cycle stages are observed and explained during hands-on group explorations. Tips for shoreline safety and etiquette are demonstrated and safe collection protocols are practiced. Students learn skills to safely explore the intertidal zone with the least impact to the environment.


Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Marine Biology
National/State Standards:
Maine State Learning Results 2007
Career and Education: A3 Interpersonal Skills
Science and Technology: A1 – 4, B1 Skills and Traits of Scientific Inquiry, D1 – 4, E1 Biodiversity and E2 Ecosystems
marine biology, adaptations, Maine coast, resource protection
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