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Trackers Northwest on Oregon’s Coastal Tide Pools

Oregon’s coastal tide pools can be difficult to locate, but the search is worth the effort, as tide pools contain a variety of colorful, weird, and exciting marine plants and animals. Tide pools are created in Oregon’s rocky coastal areas when the tide goes out, leaving pools of water in holes and crevices.

The plants and animals in tide pools must be resilient, as they are inundated with a variety of environmental conditions, including salt water, fresh water, rain, sun, heat, and cold. They must be able to survive harsh ocean life, as well as extended dry periods.

Species in Oregon’s tide pools are so diverse that these tide pools are often compared to miniature rainforests. If you are investigating a tide pool, never remove anything from it, as the living plants and marine animals are fragile and die quickly when removed from their habitat.

The optimum time to investigate Oregon’s tide pools is an hour or two before low tide, which allows enough time for exploration. State parks are good places to seek out tide pools, as the parks are safe and easy to access. Avoid tide pools off the beaten path unless you understand the dangers involved in unfamiliar coastal areas. Attending a wilderness camp with experienced experts is one good way to view tide pools.

Founded in 2004, Trackers Northwest offers a number of exciting outdoor camps for kids ages four to 18. An Oregon Coast Expedition camp for kids aged 11 to 14 includes coastal harvest and fishing, marine biology, ancient survival skills, animal tracking, a kayak adventure, and coastal culture.

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