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Project Time Frame

4-6 weeks


This project examines the nature of tidepools.

Project Goals
  • To study tide pools over time and record observations.
  • To encourage further developments in wildlife conservation.
  • To endorse the ethical treatment of animals.

Materials and Equipment

  • Computer with internet access
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & posterboard)


Tidepools are areas of seawater left behind when ocean tides come in over uneven land.  When the tide recedes, the freshly saturated landscape remains deeply puddled in certain places.  These deep salty puddles are known as tidepools.  Many types of sea creatures thrive in the ever-changing environment of a tidepool, in spite of its fickle temperatures and tempestuous conditions.

Research Questions
  • How big are tidepools?
  • What kinds of plants and animals live in tidepools?
  • Why are tide pools of particular interest to artists, naturalists and marine biologists?
  • What are the benefits of tidepools, besides as an area of scientific study?
Terms and Concepts to Start Background Research
  • Tidepool
  • Flora
  • Fauna    
  • Marine biologist

Experimental Procedure

  1. Research related materials (see bibliography below)
  2. Study and photograph several actual tide pools
  3. Visit each tidepool every day for several weeks.
  4. Carefully record changes over time and other observations.
  5. Develop your own theory about tidepools, or a new practical use for them.
  6. Devise an experiment to test your new idea.
  7. Interpret your findings in a detailed report.
  8. Include compelling tidepool images in your science fair display.
  9. If possible, also include actual tidepool specimens, but do NOT remove them from the tidepools!


  1. Tidepools in the UK by Oliver Merrington
  2. Wikipedia topic:  “Tide Pool
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