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Wildlife and Their Habitat  (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

Beavers swimming
Beavers swimming.

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National parks are special places where things like animals, plants, rocks, and much more are protected. Acadia's amazing wildlife depends on their habitats for survival. There are four things that are very important to make a healthy habitat –the right kind of food, clean water, good shelter and enough space. There are many different types of habitats in Acadia National Park. Children use finger puppets to match up which animals like to live in which of three park habitats –forest, coastal, and fresh water. Freshwater habitats include ponds, streams, lakes, wetlands. There is about 60 miles of coastline in Acadia.The Park has a big sand beach, lots of mudflats, cobblestone beaches, and large rocky shores. Our different types of forests are great places to hike and look for signs of wildlife.

Selected animals from each of the three habitats are highlighted with a puppet, images, pelt, skull and other objects. Children learn about beavers, loons, seastars, crabs, woodpeckers, snowshoe hares and more as time allows. This activity reaches visual, auditory and tactile learners.

This classroom program stresses how important habitat is to wildlife. Park staff emphasize that places like Acadia National Park not only protect wildlife but also the habitats they depend upon for survival. Next time a child visits the Park and sees an animal or a clue left behind by an animal, we want them to think about what it might have eaten, how it gets its water, what it uses for shelter, and how much space it needs to live a safe, healthy life.

Harbor seals

Program Planner

We are looking forward to visiting your classroom to present the “Wildlife and their Habitat” program. This will provide your students with a special opportunity to learn about Acadia’s wildlife and their connections to their habitat. If you have any questions about the program in advance, please call the education office at 288-8823, and/or 288-8825 on the day of the program.

Program Schedule:
5 minutes                    Introduction to Habitats
10 minutes                  Habitat and Wildlife Puppet Match-Up
40 minutes                  Wildlife and Habitat Show & Tell – Puppets, Imagery, Skulls, Shells, & More!
5 minutes                    Conclusion

Teachers’ Responsibilities
  • Supervise students and help them stay focused while on the program.
  • Ensure that safe practices are followed throughout.
  • Please note that seashells are among the many props brought to the classroom. Please let us know if there is an allergy issue with this.
  • Nametags: Students need name tags. A piece of masking tape with name in marker is sufficient.

Program Goals:
  • To help students understand the importance of the different habitats of Acadia.

  • To introduce the concept of how many animals are connected to their habitat.

  • To facilitate an appreciation of how the park protects wildlife and habitat.

Program Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Name four parts of a habitat.
  • List three different habitats in Acadia National Park.
  • Describe how four different animals depend on their habitats to survive.
  • Identify one reason why resources are protected by Acadia National Park.
Learning Standards:
From the Next Generation Science Standards:
1-LS1-1.     Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
2-LS4-1.     Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.


Acadia Education Office
207-288-8822 or 8823


Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology
National/State Standards:
1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3
habitat, Survival, wildlife, creatures, animals, amphibians, birds, mammals
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