February 2, 2018

As we learn more about life and living organisms, we look into a complex interconnected dependence within an ecosystem. A life on the beach shore is a good example. Students happily recalled family trips to the beach and the flora and fauna they encountered. Everyone collaborated on a large project building a tide pool filled with star fish, barnacles, sea urchins and anemone. Using a microscope, students delighted in looking at the details of the seashell collection of our science lab. We hope that we have rekindled the kids’ curiosity about the natural world around them and they will be keen observers next time they find themselves on one of our beautiful California beaches!

Read: The websites California Tide Pools and Explore Beaches are excellent resources for learning about the local flora and fauna of our beaches.

Visit: Plan a family trip to a nearby beach (such as Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Chicken Ranch Beach, Heart’s Desire Beach, Drakes Beach) and explore the shore ecosystem.


Photo credit: Anya Bosina

Science Fridays: Beach Ecosystem