Monday, June 12, 2017

Great Bay Discovery Center

On Monday, we traveled to Great Bay Discovery Center with 2H and 2S! We had beautiful sunny skies and warm weather, making it the perfect day to do some exploring down by the bay!

Great Bay is an estuary, which means it is a combination of salt water from the ocean and fresh water from the rivers. Lots of different animals live in and around Great Bay, including horseshoe crabs, flounder, oysters, mussels, soft shell clams, green crabs, mud snails, great blue herons, osprey, turkeys, porcupines, river otters, muskrats, rabbits, and white tailed deer. We traveled all around the boardwalks, shoreline, and discovery center to learn about this amazing habitat and the animals who live here. Here are a few photos from our morning:

Many of us were excited to learn some more facts about our Acadia animals, who also live by Great Bay!

It was low tide when we made it down to the shoreline, which meant we were able to find so many different critters! Horseshoe crabs, mussels, oysters, clams, and even a Great Blue Heron! 

We were also able to learn a lot about the different "ingredients" needed to make an estuary, and we also learned that all living things rely on one another to keep the estuary and one another thriving! 

We had an amazing time on our trip, and we learned so many awesome new facts down by the bay! Thank you very much to our amazing docents who led us on our exploration. Great Bay Discovery Center is a wonderful place to visit with your family, you can check out their calendar of events here!

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