Tidepool Exploration in the Dana Point MPA (Marine Protected Area)
This adventure into the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area explores the complex relationships between intertidal organisms and the harsh physical environment in which they live. Students will learn what an MPA is and the importance of them. Students measure physical factors, identify adaptations and conduct population studies on hermit crabs, turban snails, and barnacles. Students learn to be "Good Tidepoolers" and practice low-impact exploration techniques.