Field Trips

Wildlife and Their Habitat

Beavers swimming
Beavers swimming.

NPS/Kent Miller

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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.

 

Contact

Acadia Education Office
207-288-8822 or 8823

Details

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