Shoreline Discoveries

Summary
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.

Objectives
Students will:
  • 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
Grade Level
The grade level of the Shoreline Discovery program includes children form the 3rd to 12th grade.

Subject Areas
  • Art (optional)
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Language Arts
  • Life sciences
  • Physical Sciences
Duration
The duration of the program is three hours.

Setting
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.

Skills
  • Observing
  • Identifying
  • Classifying
  • Recording (optional)
  • Communicating
  • Inferring
  • Analyzing
  • Discussing