The intertidal area is a very harsh habitat, a rough place to live and with increasing environmental pressures from the ocean and the land. It is important that tide pool explorers are gentle and know the Tide Pool Exploration Rules. This lab program is ideal for small groups including homeschooling, scout troops, and special education rules. This program does not go to the tide pools , but will receive a tide pool brochure to take home for future self-guided tide pool excursions. Students study animals in the discovery pool and discover how they move, why they attach to rocks, what they eat and why disturbing them could injure them or worse! The Ocean Institute's surge take is a great place to demonstrate the physical problem that these animals face from crashing waves and the hot sun to human interaction and trash.