Coastal Ecology

In this session, youth will explore the vibrant ecology of Albemarle Sound, learning about the plants and animals that make this unique ecosystem their home.

The Eastern 4-H Center is located on beautiful Bulls Bay in northeastern North Carolina. As part of the Albemarle Sound, The Eastern Center is situated in a marine estuary where the freshwater of North Carolina’s rivers meets the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean. This creates a dynamic and diverse environment for life.

Coastal Ecology is a video lesson with optional materials


Required Materials: None

Key Vocabulary & Learning Concepts

  • Estuary
  • Ecosystem
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Bald Cypress
  • Macro-invertebrate
  • Carapace
  • Salinity Water Quality
  • Sound
  • Brackish water
  • Biotic Index

Video: 40-minute lesson
Optional Materials

Vocabulary and Standards Alignment

Vocabulary and Standards

Learning & Discussion Guide

Learning Guide

Answer Key

Answer key for facilitators

Prezi slides

Coastal ecology prezi slides
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