Westside School third grade students have been learning about tides, studying the gravitational physics behind tides, as well as the distinct ecosystems in the inter tidal zone. A field trip to Alki Beach during an ultra low tide was the perfect hands-on way to experience these phenomena in person! While sloshing around in seaweed, the students teamed up to work on a scavenger hunt, looking for the plant and animal species they learned about in class. They also took on the role of field biologist, searching for other species not appearing on their field guide. They found an impressive number of marine animals – including geoducks, sponges, crabs, and eels! The trip was an engaging, fun capstone to the year and an exciting way to experience biology up close!