This program introduces students to the natural history of a salt marsh and the characteristics which make plants, animals, and invertebrates of the shoreline unique. We develop the idea of how a salt marsh works, including adaptations, habitats, and plant / animal interrelationships.
Classify marsh birds by feeding strategy
Identify marsh fish and invertebrates
Collect mud samples to observe and identify shoreline
Invertebrates; identify two important salt marsh plants
Discuss some of the salt marsh / estuarine plant / animal interactions
Record evidence of animal life along the trail
The grade level of the Shoreline Discovery program includes children form the 3rd to 12th grade.
The duration of the program is three hours.
The program consists of a 15 minute introduction, 1 hour and 45 minutes in the field, 30 minutes dipnetting, and a 30 minute mud lab.