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Seal Rock Marine Trail

The forest, intertidal beach and salt water all come together at Seal Rock Campground. From a shaded forest with moss covered trees, to a sunny path edged with wildflowers, to a beach with dense natural oyster beds covering boulders, to a sweeping view of the deep blue waters of Hood Canal, the 30 acres of Seal Rock Campground are rich with educational opportunities.

The Seal Rock Marine Trail Curriculum, Grades 9-12 provides an opportunity for students to explore and understand how the dynamic balance is affected by natural and human-caused events. Students investigate the movement of material and energy within and between Seal Rock Campground ecosystems, build models of the campground food web, explore the campground from one end to the other and from its highest to its lowest points, gather and analyze data reflecting forest and intertidal diversity, and look at past and human interactions with the environment. Finally, they integrate all they have studied through an engaging simulation game in which they are asked to assume roles that represent a variety of individuals who use the area.


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Activities Before Visit to Campground – Lessons 1-9

Activities in the classroom before the field trip introduce concepts and develop the skills students will use at the site.


Activities at the Campground – Lessons 10-20


Activities in the classroom before the field trip introduce concepts and develop the skills students will use at the site.


Activities After Visit to Campground – Lessons 21-26


Activities back at school after the trip give students time to analyze their data, think about the results, and explore the issues that arose during the visit.


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