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Our mission is to bring the Marine Science Center directly to you and your students: from the unique beauty of the rocky shore ecosystems at the Center’s Nahant Campus, to the innovative research in our faculty’s labs.

Resource Pack #1: Rocky Intertidal Classroom

Educators can use these resources to prepare/debrief for a trip to the Marine Science Center or another coastal location, or simply to complement in-class curricula and explorations of the rocky shore intertidal habitat. Please review and download the Rocky Intertidal resources below.

Download: Intertidal Species ID Guides

Download: Presentations Introducing the Rocky Intertidal

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Resource Pack #2: Boston Harbor Habitat Posters

These educational posters of local habitats have been developed by the Outreach Program via a partnership with artist Tanya L. Rogers, and The MassBays National Estuary Program as part of the Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas Project.  Each poster package includes color posters with and without keys, as well as a coloring sheet version.

Download: Posters of Boston Harbor

The Rocky Shore
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Salt Marsh
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Sandy Beach
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Seagrass Bed
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Shellfish Beds
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Tidal Flats
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Fouling Community
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels
The Migratory Fishes
Includes coloring page, illustration with labels, and illustration without labels

Resource Pack #3: Grades K-5

Make your own Tidepool

 

Print and color the illustrations in this guide, or draw your own, and then use the information here to help you determine where in the tidepool your critters could live.

Click here to download the activity packet!

Scavenger Hunt

 

Take this one-page rocky shore & beach scavenger hunt with you to the shore and circle or color in the biofacts you find!

Click here to download the worksheet!

Rocky Shore Food Web

 

What do the animals in the tidepool eat?  Build a food web and explore the interactions between predators and prey.

 Download the document here!

Shell Matching Game

 

Explore the shells on New England’s beaches with the shell matching game created by MSC’s Lotterhos Lab based on shells found around Nahant beaches. 

Download the matching game here!

Graph the Changing Beach

Students will practice graphing skills to discover how the beach changes between seasons. Activity geared for upper elementary level.

Download the worksheet here!

Resource Pack #3: Grades 6-12

Educators and students can explore Marine Science Center research through case studies and activities developed using real scientific data and principles. These resources can be used to complement independent classroom lessons (see MA State and NGSS standards listed) and/or field trips to the MSC.  Teacher keys available (email to request).

Case Study: Coral Bleaching

How can zooplankton help coral reefs recover from bleaching?

Download the document here!

Case Study: Sea Level Rise

What are the vulnerabilities and solutions to sea level rise in the urban coastal city of Boston?

Download the document here!

Case Study: Ecology of Fear

What is the impact on fear and the predator-prey relationship on food chains in an ecosystem?

Download the document here!

Case Study: Ocean Acidification

 

What is the impact of climate change and ocean acidification on marine species?

Download the document here!

Range Expansion of the Blue Crab

 

What factors influence the distribution and abundance of marine organisms?

Download the document here!

Case Study: Antarctic Fish and Climate Change

How will the unique evolutionary traits of the icefish serve in a changing climate?

Download the document here!

Article: Ocean Bacteria and Carbon

 

How do microscopic ocean critters impact the carbon cycle? Science Journal for Kids article and activities by MSC’s Aron Stubbins.

Link to the article here

Coming Soon: Predators and Plasticity in the Intertidal

What is causing changes to snail shells in the intertidal?

Coming Soon: Sea Star Wasting Disease

What is happening to sea stars in the New England intertidal habitat?

From the Research Teams
Explore the ongoing research at the Marine Science Center with these activities and virtual tours from the Ocean Genome Legacy Center and MSC's research labs.

Ocean Genome Legacy Center

Northeastern’s Ocean Genome Legacy Center has developed several hands-on activities and lessons that can be used by teachers to explore DNA and genomics with students and learn about current research.

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Helmuth Lab

Explore tidepools in Nahant, Massachusetts, mangroves in Brunei, or pebble beaches in Argentina with these 360-view Virtual Tours from the Helmuth Lab.

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Bowen Lab

Data Nuggets are activities designed to bring real scientific data into the classroom.  Explore the salt marsh restoration and salt marsh food webs through the Data Nuggets activities created by the MSC’s Bowen Lab, and check out other Data Nuggets available on a variety of STEM topics!

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Detrich Lab

Icefish Resources from the Detrich Lab.

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Questions?
We’d love your feedback.

Please contact our Outreach Program Coordinator Sierra Muñoz, to share how you used these resources or to let us know what other resources you would like to see.

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