Welcome to our Distance Learning Lab! With help from our wonderful partners, we have compiled educational resources which allow you to dive deeper into the world of coastal sciences and solutions. Due to the Coronavirus, many of us are staying home to prevent the virus from spreading. If you’re looking for ways to continue learning, start by clicking the links below. Scroll down to find resources on Touch Tank Tuesdays, Clean Water, Coastal Investigations & Exploration, Oysters, Estuaries & Living Shorelines, and Marine Debris.
Our Partners and Contributors: Hammocks Beach State Park, Jennette’s Pier, Lady Swan Tours, North Carolina Coastal Reserve, Albemarle Pamlico National Estuaries Partnership, North Carolina Sea Grant, Duke University Marine Lab, UNCW Marine Quest, NOAA Marine Debris Program, Clean Water Education Partnership and University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Follow along with a suggested learning guide. These worksheets highlight grade appropriate videos and review questions.
Keep up and stay connected!
Keep up with current events by reading the Coastal Review Online. CRO is a daily news service that covers North Carolina’s Coast. Look for a link to Google Classroom on the left side of the screen.
Stay connected through our #CoastalDistancing page and social media pages, linked below! Or click the subscribe button to join our monthly newsletter and stay up to date with all of the coastal issues we’re tackling.
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Touch Tank Tuesdays
Since the pandemic prevented our Wrightsville Beach office from hosting its popular Touch Tank Tuesday Program, the show continued virtually through YouTube Videos and Facebook Live. Thank you so much to our members, the Landfall Foundation, and the RBC Blue Water Project for their support of our southeast education programs!
Touch Tank Tuesday Resources:
- Episode 1: Egg Carton Oyster Craft
- Episode 2: Build your own Living Shoreline Activity
- Episode 3: Make your own Watershed Activity
There are many ways to help keep our waterways clean and healthy. Check out resources below to learn about water quality and simple ways to reduce water pollution.
Clean Water Resources:
- Walk the Loop for Clean Water
- Slowing Down Stormwater activity sheet
- Crumpled Watershed Model
- Clean Water Education Partnership- Distance Learning
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Stormwater Education
- NC Water Resources Research Institute Education Page
- Project WET Distance Learning Resources
Coastal Investigations and Exploration:
Join our friends up and down the coast to learn more about beachcombing, marine science, and coastal wildlife!
Coastal Investigations & Exploration Resources:
- Our friends at Hammocks Beach State Park are posting nature videos every day on their Facebook page!
- Pelican Pete craft outline
- Coastal Studies Institute: Kitchen Science Educational Videos
- Coastal lesson plan database from the Albemarle Pamlico National Estuarine Partnership
- North Carolina Coastal Reserve Curriculum
- North Carolina Sea Grant- At Home Learning Resource
- UNC-TV Environmental Videos
- National Environmental Education Foundation STEM Videos
- National Geographic Oil Spill Activity
- Learn more about Brown Pelicans here: NC Audubon, Coastal Review Online, All About Birds, and Beacon Island
- NOAA’s Coastal NC Activity Book
Did you know that oysters are important for food, filtration and fish habitat? Learn about oysters below:
- Learn more about oyster farming with Coastal Federation board member, Ryan Bethea, in this UNC-TV video
- Egg Carton Oyster
- NOAA Oyster Lessons
- NC Oysters
Estuaries and Living Shorelines
Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea. Coastal North Carolina has approximately 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline! Learn about estuaries and how staff at the Coastal Federation work with others to protect animals and habitats in the estuary by building living shorelines.
Estuary and Living Shoreline Resources:
- UNC-TV: How to prevent erosion using living shorelines
- Living Shorelines Academy
- Living Shoreline coloring page
- NC Coastal Reserve: Estuaries Coloring Book
- Salt Marsh data sheet
- NC Coastal Reserve: Estuary Activity Guide
- Estuary Escapades Activity Pages
Did you know that marine debris is litter that ends up in our coastal waters? Learn about marine debris and ways you can help keep the coast debris free! #debrisfreeNC
Marine Debris Resources:
- Debris Free NC Facebook Page
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program Videos
- NOAA Marine Debris Activities and Curricula
- Ocean Conservancy Outreach & Education
- Shelly’s Adventure! Short story by Kate Herring (World Oceans Day Contest Winner)
- Duke University Marine Lab- Marine Debris Curriculum for 4th/5th grades
- NC Marine Debris Strategic Plan
- Marine Quest- Turtle Trash Collectors program
- Florida Microplastic Awareness Project
Questions about the Distance Learning Lab? Please E-mail Rachel Bisesi at firstname.lastname@example.org
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