Beach Heroes 2021 is going virtual!
Beach Heroes is a two-hour program designed to introduce students to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there.
Recommended for Grades K-3.
Season: April – June
Two components: Introductory Lesson & Field Lesson
- In the NGSS-correlated 45-minute Introductory Lesson, students will be introduced to marine invertebrates they are likely to see on Puget Sound beaches, while learning about beach etiquette and stewardship. Naturalists will connect virtually with students, teaching from home or from the Environmental Science Center. Students will have the opportunity to work on student Field Guides they can use during the 2-hour field study and beyond. Supplemental videos and activities connect to this lesson.
- The 1-hour Field Lesson includes a virtual visit to Seahurst Beach, live interactions with common intertidal marine organisms, as well as information about the ecological importance of the nearshore habitat and marine stewardship. Naturalists will teach on the beach in teams of three; students will connect virtually.
Recorded lessons AND Synchronous Virtual Class Options:
Both aspects of the program will be available as pre-recorded videos which can be used in whatever way works best for teachers and students. We can also schedule live synchronous classes if desired for one or both program components. In addition, we created a Beach Heroes student Field Guide to supplement students’ experience of the program. The Field Guide will be available as a printed booklet, as well as in a variety of digital formats.
All portions of this program are correlated with Next Generation Science Standards.
Advanced Beach Heroes option: Designed for 2nd and 3rd graders, this is an option where students have the opportunity to get involved in community science activities on the beach during their virtual Field Lesson, and to further build on their relationship to the beach. The goal is to offer students different ways to connect with and learn about the beach habitat, through doing field illustrations and assisting naturalists in conducting biological surveys. This option will include an additional 45-60 minute component, in between the Introductory and Field Lessons.
This could be a good option if you know that many of your students have previously participated in the Beach Heroes program in younger grades. Please contact our Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity!
Location: Naturalists will live stream Field Lessons on-site from Seahurst Beach. Introductory Lessons will be fully virtual, with naturalists teaching from their homes or from the ESC office building.
Cost: None! We have received grants from King County Flood Control District, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, King Conservation District, and Port of Seattle South King County Fund to help support our program this year. We will be offering the whole program at no cost to you or your students!
To book Beach Heroes: Our online Beach Heroes Registration Form gives teachers the option to select pre-recorded videos or live virtual classes for each of the two program components. For those choosing live classes, the form lists all potential dates for both components and invites teachers to select their top three dates for each lesson. The Field Lesson dates also include possible lesson times, as those are contingent on the time of low tide. For grade-level cohorts signing up together, we can accommodate two classes during each Field Lesson time slot (For instance, if four teachers are signing up together, they could pick a date with two time slots, and this would be considered one date option.) Once teachers submit your top three choices, we will work to finalize the schedule.
To honor these students’ commitment to environmental stewardship, they received an Official Beach Hero identification card (included in their student Field Journal).
Past Beach Heroes can be found here!