Oregon Coast Education Program

Coastal Education Modules

Welcome to the OCEP Coastal Education Modules! The following links lead to curriculum and activities recommended and developed by the Oregon Coast Education Program. They are divided into three grade bands with aligned Oregon state standards to better suit your needs as an instructor.  The activities outlined in the modules can be used to support B-WET Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), and provide educators with tools to prepare and engage students in hands-on learning about Oregon's coastal ecosystems and their connections to Oregonians living throughout the state. Explore what we have to offer!

Module 1
Coastal Ecosystems & Ecology
Module 2
Impacts & Solutions
Watersheds • Estuaries • Oceans Land & Water Use • Pollution • Sustainable Harvests
Elementary
(3rd–5th grade)
Elementary
(3rd–5th grade)
Middle School
(6th–8th grade)
Middle School
(6th–8th grade)
High School
( 9th–12th grade)
High School
( 9th–12th grade)

MODULE ONE: Coastal Ecosystems & Ecology

This module was created in year one of the Oregon Coast Education Program and was formerly divided into two modules (Coastal Habitats & Species, Coastal Ecology & Food Webs). The module intends to explore Oregon's watersheds by way of their ridge top to shoreline connections. The module is divided into three focus areas (watersheds, estuaries, oceans) with introduction activities to each of the three ecosystems and activities that explore the ecology of those areas. Here you can find activities that cover everything from freshwater macroinvertebrates to how tides influence estuaries to the diversity found in Oregon's marine habitats. Explore what we have to offer!

Each focus are is divided into three sections: Introduction Activities, Coastal Habitats & Species, and Coastal Ecology & Food Webs.

  • Watersheds
  • Estuaries
  • Oceans

Access the Module One topic guides here:

Elementary—3rd to 5th Grades
Middle School—6th to 8th Grades
High School—9th to 12th Grades

MODULE TWO: Impacts & Solutions

A second Module was created during year two of the Oregon Coast Education Program. This module is divided into three focus areas:

  • Land and Water Use
  • Pollution
  • Sustainable Harvests

Access the Module Two topic guides here:

Elementary—3rd to 5th Grades
Middle School—6th to 8th Grades
High School—9th to 12th Grades