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Teacher-led Tide Pool Programs (Mid-June through March) Oregon/Washington BLM



Teacher-led Tide Pool Programs (Mid-June through March)

We offer a number of useful resources to help plan a tide pool field trip program whether it be at Yaquina Head, or at another tide pool site. This includes various grade-based scavenger hunts, a student guide, and inquiry questions for adults to help stimulate student exploration and discussion. Outlines of each of our ranger-led programs also describe step-by-step instructions that may be utilized at most tide pool sites. Don't forget to check out the pre-and post-visit classroom activities!

Tide Pool Scavenger Hunts and Resources


Sea-Crets Student 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.

Wealthy Tide Pools

Wealthy Tide Pools Scavenger Hunt (PDF): Copy of the scavenger hunt used in conjunction with the program.

Yaquina Head Tide Pool Hunt (PDF): Students can look for invertebrates and algae while earning points; a fun and challenging way to explore the tide pools.

Between a Rock

Inquiry Question Cards (PDF): Use inquiry questions about tide pool animals to engage the students in cognitive thinking. Encourage students to ask questions regarding adaptations of invertebrate species.

Between a Rock and a Wet Place

"Between a Rock and a Wet Place" (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.

Sea-crets of Tide Pools

"The 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.

Wealthy Tide Pools

"Wealthy Tide Pools" (6th - 8th 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.

For more information contact:

Education Program Coordinator
541-574-3122 • blm_or_YH_education@blm.gov