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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Yaquina Head Natural Area

Ranger-led Education Programs

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is home to some of Oregon’s most accessible and ecologically diverse tide pools. It has provided an "outdoor classroom" to visiting school groups for generations. In 2003, BLM rangers began offering ranger-led educational programs to visiting grade school groups. The intertidal science program includes ranger-led school programs for grades 1st through 8th, as well as self-guided programs for groups of all ages.

Ranger-led programs offer teachers and students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, hearts-on, minds-on exploration of the intertidal area, using standards linked to state curriculum. We strive to keep the ranger/student ratios low and the engagement level high. By participating in the programs we hope that students will acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage while learning about resources protection and personal stewardship.

Listed below are the programs we offer from April through June, along with corresponding pre and post activities for the classroom. Even teachers who are not participating in a ranger-led program may find some of these resources helpful.

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Tide Pool School (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)

Students use their five senses to discover different tide pool species and their unique adaptations: Through a memory game, students recall each animal shown and discuss adaptations, they become tide pool detectives to find species and conduct hands-on discovery, play a game that summarizes what they learned, and participate in a reflective activity.

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Adapting to the Pools (PDF): A reading and coloring activity that will help students become familiar with tide pool adaptations.
  • Vocabulary (PDF): Useful vocabulary words, divided for K/1 and 2/3 (matching game).

Post-Visit Activities

Resources

  • Chaperone Packet, Inquiry Questions (PDF): The success of this program hinges on involved chaperones. Please distribute this sheet to your adults ahead of time.
  • Who's in the Pools (PDF): Cards give adaptation clues. Students guess the animal and then find the corresponding ID card.
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SEA-Crets of Tide Pools (4th - 5th Grade)

Students participate in skits, hypotheses, artwork, hands-on exploration and discussions using their senses to discover the different zones and habitats within the intertidal area: They will create an artistic representation of the different zones of the intertidal area, make a scientific hypothesis, complete a scavenger hunt to find and observe species within each zone, participate in a lively review of student results, and spend personal time reflecting upon their surrounding environment.

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Zone Hypothesis (PDF): As part of a reading activity, students hypothesize which tide pool zone is best suited for a specific intertidal species.
  • Yaquina Cards and Bingo (PDF): Multiple games matching animals and clues. And Bingo.

Post-Visit Activities

Resources

  • SEA-Crets Student Activity Guide (PDF): The student booklet offers an introductory activity to zonation, a tidal zonation scavenger hunt, and a place to draw or write about student experiences. An excellent guide for exploring tide pools, it can be used in conjunction with, or separate from the ranger-led program.
  • SEA-Crets Tide Pool Hunt (PDF): Students make hypotheses, correlating species with tide pool zones, use the scavenger hunt to explore the tide pools and identify common invertebrates, and compare their findings with those on their hypothesis.
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Wealthy Tide Pools (6th - 12th Grade)

Students will interact with the Cobble Beach tide pool area as junior ecologists to monitor the relative species richness of the intertidal zones, while learning about the scientific method, tide pool safety, ecology, and biology in a diverse physical environment. This program aims to engage the students’ hands, minds, and hearts, as well as to encourage lifelong stewardship of this unique ecological resource.

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Discovering the Intertidal (PDF): Students will identify and learn about tide pool species while discovering the unique adaptations that help them live in the rocky intertidal.
  • Monitoring Species Richness (PDF): By completing a mock monitoring experiment simulating a tide pool environment, students will define and discuss the principle of species richness, become familiar with data collection procedures paralleling on-site field trip monitoring activities, collect and compile data, identify tide pool invertebrate and algae species, and make a scientific hypothesis.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Intertidal Animal Scramble (PDF): An interactive game, students match clues to an intertidal animal.
  • Management Debate (PDF): Turn your students into different stakeholders and host a town hall meeting to decide what to do with nice beachfront property.

Resources

  • Data Sheet (PDF): Copy of the data sheet used in conjunction with the program.
  • Data and Graphing Templates (PDF): Use to compile and graph monitoring data collected as part of the Wealthy Tide Pools program.