December 13, 2017

Surf’s Up: 3 Fun Ways to Learn at the Beach

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If you have a beach vacation on tap for later this summer, why not spend some time learning at the shore. No need to bring textbooks, but once you’ve had your fill of jumping waves and building sand castles, go explore with your kids and take home more than a car full of sand.

  • Do Some Beachcombing. If you want to find some great shells and sea treasures, stroll over to a less-traveled section of beach and also hit the beach at low tide and after storms (no need to let a rainstorm ruin a vacation day when there are so many goodies to be found). Here are some great beachcombing tips from Dr. Beachcomb. I also recommend picking up a beachcomber’s guide specific to the beaches you plan to visit to learn more about what’s washing ashore.
  • Go on a Sea Turtle Walk. Summer is the perfect time to learn about loggerhead sea turtles on the coast of Georgia, as well as in North Florida with the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Nightly turtle walks and nest walks educate families on the journey of these sea turtles nesting along the coasts. Take a look at my recent post on six ways to get up close with sea turtles.
  • Have a Family Beach Clean-Up. Before you head back to your car after a fun day at the beach, spend 30 minutes walking the beach picking up trash and marine debris. Bring more than one bag to separate recyclables from other trash and talk to your kids about the importance of keeping our beaches clean. Here’s a great article from the Clean Beaches Coalition on the benefits of a beach clean-up.

What do you like to do at the beach with your kids? I’d love to hear some of your ideas for learning with your kids while on a fun family beach vacation.

Comments

  1. We’re looking forward to a trip to Florida – gulf side soon. Can’t wait to collect sea shells and see wildlife!

  2. Tonya @ The Traveling Praters says:

    My kids will never forget seining at the beach as part of a state park program in Virginia. They didn’t catch much in their nets beyond a mole crab- but they sure did have fun.

    They were also able to learn how to “crab” and actually did catch a few at another state park. That was a blast!

    Of course, beach combing is always a favorite beach activity and we’ve all enjoyed nature journaling. Just reading this post reminds me of the beach fun we’ve had and makes me want to visit one soon!

    Great ideas!

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