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Exploring tidepools at the seashore:

Duxbury Reef SMCA is a marine protected area (MPA) located about 1 mile (2 km) west of Bolinas in Marin County. Duxbury Reef is one of the largest shale reefs in North America.

What we will do:  

Explore tide pools and learn about the adaptations these amazing invertebrates have to make in order to not only survive but thrive with the changing tides.

Questions: (depending on level):

  • What is a Marine Protected Area (MPA)?

  • How do tides and tide pools form?

  • What are intertidal zones?

  • What do we need to know about "tide etiquette”?

  • What is an invertebrate?

  • What do we know about different invertebrates?  

  • Strategies for survival: how do they adapt to survive living in their ever changing environment?


Duxbury Reef at Agate Beach, Bolinas


During a low tide event 

This field trip is appropriate for primary and elementary students

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