Study of ponds and streams and seashores is best done in the late spring, summer, and early fall, except in temperate climates.
Resources for Studying Seashores, Ponds, and Streams
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0486403815″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510TTXlDk6L._SL110_.jpg” width=”78″]A World in a Drop of Water. A drop of pond water is crowded with living things that can only be seen with a hand lens or microscope. This book could be used as the lab to a microbiology course, because it takes the reader step by step through observing the most common microscopic creatures found in pond water.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0679729828″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81DSDEV905L._SL110_.gif” width=”110″]Audubon Field Guides. We love these field guides and have an assortment of them in both editions—the First Guides for younger children which are a combination study guide/field guide with the most beautifully photographed and laid out pages of any other resource we’ve seen; the Pocket Guides for elementary ages which are filled with beautiful colored photographs and descriptions of common shells and seashore creatures a child is likely to see; and the BIG, comprehensive field guides. Pocket Guide to Familiar Seashells — Pocket Guide to Familiar Seashore Creatures — Field Guide to North American Seashells — Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures — First Field Guide to Shells)
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0756658306″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MKaT5G6mL._SL110_.jpg” width=”85″]Eyewitness Pond & River. A colorful and interesting look at different plants and animals that are found in ponds and streams. For upper elementaries.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0395924960″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uIHKgSl1L._SL110_.jpg” width=”71″]The Edge of the Sea Rachel Carson’s classic book about different coastline habitats—the Rocky Shore, the Rim of Sand, and the Coral Coast—has no equal. It is a delight to read and provokes a desire for further study of the sea. Mentions evolution. Middle school and up.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0671765035″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Yx8SDp%2BSL._SL160_.jpg” width=”125″]Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Study at the Seashore by Deborah Coulombe. This book is unique in that it blends all the best features of a field guide with the concepts of a marine biology text in a fascinating way. It begins with an introduction to the ocean, then covers each of the major groups of seaside plants and animals from plankton to manatees. A great, great book! For parents to use with all ages or junior high up to use on their own.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”006273718X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61rKCX%2BdTAL._SL160_.jpg” width=”121″]The Marine Biology Coloring Book, Second Edition. A huge (over 200 pages), detailed book that could be the core of a high school level course in marine biology.