Coastal wetlands—bays, estuaries, salt marshes, and lagoons—are special places where freshwater meets the salty ocean. There are many different ways to think of wetlands, as ocean nurseries, storm sponges, water filters, and rest stops for birds, but it's also true that wetlands are sensitive and rapidly vanishing coastal ecosystems.
You can now search for Habitat specific web links through the Resource Materials search.
To find general web links about ocean sciences, visit this useful web links page in our News section.
The 3rd grade MARE curriculum includes themes of organism diversity, habitat edges, and animal adaptations.
Field Trip Tips
- Don't worry about the lack of abundance of creatures on a field trip. A few birds might draw more thoughtful attention than a whole flock. In fact, a first field trip might be planned for when the tide is not optimal, or the migration season isn't optimal. Fewer stimuli may help your students practice focus as they observe. If you're able to have multiple field trips, try the migration-peak or really-low-tide experience later.
- Balance the need to identify organisms with the need to observe them. Get more out of seeing an organism than just the name!