We’ll Bring the Tide Pool to You!
If your group can’t meet us at the rocky shore, Coast Encounters can bring the tidal pool to you! Carol has been giving presentations on the marine life of tidal pools for more than 15 years. Her educational programs are specially designed for people of all ages, from 7 – 95. She has conducted programs at schools, assisted living facilities, libraries, birthday parties and scouting groups. With her live intertidal specimens, Carol’s programs are fun, educational and very tactile experiences.
Depending on availability, Coast Encounters can also bring a portable touch tank to fairs, festivals, campgrounds, birthday parties and other events.
Following are some of the programs Coast Encounters offers:
Intertidal Buffet / Field Trip
A fun, indoor presentation on the inhabitants of the intertidal region. A lively prop-filled discussion precedes the “buffet” on environmental stressors and survival skills. Students then use all of their senses to explore live plants and animals in a fun, non-threatening “buffet style” way. This experience is a key pre-requisite to an optional field experience to a nearby rocky shore.
Green Eggs and Sand – Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe Crabs Discover the secret life of these prehistoric “helmets of the sea” that aren’t even true crabs! Learn how they play a vital role in the world of shorebird migration and keeping the human race free of disease. They are truly extraordinary creatures and completely harmless; they don’t pinch, sting, or bite. Carol’s favorite pick!!
I-Spy Carrageenan / Ice Cream Social
Discover how prolific seaweed appears in the every day food we eat! Carol will lead a series of activities to reveal how this vital ingredient, an extract of Irish moss, makes things so thick and creamy. A tower building competition of carrageenan-contained products is followed by an ice cream social where all ingredients contain carrageenan. This is a deliciously popular activity for any age.
Intertidal Play, “I’m So Stressed Out But I WILL Survive!”
A fast-paced, hour-long play chock full of props and antics. The play subject matter covers the environmental stressors and survival skills of the various intertidal plants and animals of the rocky shore. Five adults are needed to facilitate this play by modeling the latest “survival gear.” No speaking parts are required. Carol will narrate the play.
Students can experience a close-up view of the many interesting features of intertidal plants and animals, using dissection microscopes.
A mini “buffet” table is set up with various organisms to illustrate their wonderful camouflage abilities. This activity can be combined with or without the Intertidal Buffet.
Carol incorporates sea vegetables in her daily cooking. Learn how marine plants are so vital to one’s health and experience a unique cooking class that incorporates local species in delicious and nutritious ways. Some marine-themed dishes include seaweed nut crunch, blancmange pudding, bean dishes and sushi. This class is available for both kids and adults.
Wacky Eating Habits
Coastal Carol illustrates the incredibly bizarre feeding habits of the sea star, dog whelk and moon snail using props. A crowd pleaser with the young kids!
A hands-on exploration differentiating the various kinds of snails that live along Maine’s rocky shore. Live specimens are used. Snails races conclude the activity.
Marine-Themed Arts and Crafts
Encounters offers a variety of age-appropriate craft activities using a marine theme, perfect for festivals, birthday parties or other fun events. Examples of a few activities include fish printing, seaweed pressing and jewelry making.
Build Your Own Fairy House or Gnome Home
Coastal Carol has a wide assortment of beach debris and natural objects found at the shore. Let your creativity run wild as you design and build a home using hot glue.
This fun, charades-type game involves two teams, the EMOS and the MORPHS. Each team selects an animal or plant and tries to act it out, based on its behavior (emotions) or structure (morphology).
Photo – “Barnacle Feeding”
Coast Encounters has lobster trivia cards that can be used to play a fun Jeopardy-style game.
Let’s go tidepooling! Email or call Coastal Carol at 207-831-4436 to plan your Maine intertidal adventure.