There are many types of activity which you can do on the shore. You may:
1. Visit an estuary in a boat. Ensure you have safety jackets with you and that someone in your group is familiar with boating rules and safety.
2. Look at the vegetation which surrounds an estuary. What types of trees and bushes occur near water? What animals live there? Can you see evidence of pollution? What can you do about it in your daily life?
3. Visit the estuaries and look at the tidal flats and seagrass areas. What types of plant are found here. Are they like land plants or algae? What animals live here? What environmental factors make this an interesting place to live?
4. Make a point of visiting a mangrove forest. Do the trees alter the environment? What animals and plants live here? What adaptations do they have to allow them to live here?
4. Look out from cliffed coasts. Visit lighthouses, and get a bird's eye view of the nearby geographical and geological formations. Can you see any rocky shores? Describe their major features? What types of bird live near the ocean shore? How do they catch their food?
5. Walk carefully through vegetated, and wind-swept sand dunes. See the hardy plants that are adapted to retaining a foothold in this loose, sandy environment. Look for animal tracks on the sand. What do they tell you?
6. Visit a rocky shore platform. Wear strong shoes and a broad rimmed hat. What microhabitats can you find? What algae can you see? How many different types of animal can you observe. What are they doing? Don't expect to rush this, sit down a few minutes until the animal's are comfortable with you being there.
7. Coastal Villages are an interesting place to roam around. Does any business or shop have anything to do with the sea, estuary, fishing or boating. Look for evidence of historical activities that show how humans have used the sea or estuary.
8. Look at some of the books and resources below for great ideas for field excursions, field trips and shore activities. They have been designed by teachers and are excellent resource materials.
9. Join a group interested in Marine and Estuarine Studies such as Gould League. or arrange to have your school visit one of the fascinating Field Studies Centres or Marine Centres listed below.
If you have a particular interest, contact the organisations below and ask for information and assistance.
Environment Australia: www.environment.gov.au
Community Biodiversity Network: www.cbn.org.au
Marine and Coastal Community Network: www.ozemail.com.au/~mccnet
Davey, K. (1998). A Photographic Guide to the Seashore Life of Australia. New Holland Press, Sydney.
Gould League (1999). Australian Guide to Seashores. Gould League of Victoria.
Gould League (1984). Coastal Survival. Gould League of Victoria.
Gould League (1998). Seahorses & Seadragons Poster.
Reid, A. & Beckett, A. (1992). Coasting: activities for coastal excursions and beach holidays. Gould League, Melbourne.
Swartz, J. & Tsernjavski, N. (1994). Riding the Tide: activities for marine studies. Gould League and Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences.
Tsernjavski, N. (1994). A. B. Sea: a cross curriculum marine studies guide for Prep - Year 12. Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences Education Division. Warrawee Publications.