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Friends of Netarts Bay


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon, Oregon Coast


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Meet Your Bay: Netarts

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  • This video explores the geographical features, aquaculture, biodiversity, and daily tidal patterns of Netarts Bay on the Oregon coast.
  • Students will learn about the small creeks that flow into Netarts Bay, the bay's sandbars and mudflats, the size of the bay and its watershed, and the shellfish reserve at the bay's south end.
Teaching Tips


  • This video does an excellent job comparing Netarts Bay to the other bays in Tillamook County.
  • Students in the K-5 range should have no issues understanding this video and the "bird" narrator will be fun for younger students to listen to.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to know the following terms: bay, estuary, watershed, sandbars, mudflats, tides, freshwater, saltwater, and spit. 
  • A commercial may play before the video starts.


  • This video could supplement a lesson about the importance of protecting animals, and how maintaining the health of ecosystems can be beneficial to humans.
  • This video could be shown as an example of scientific knowledge leading to the protection of wildlife and their natural habitats.
  • This video could supplement a lesson on how daily tidal patterns can affect the behavior of animals.
  • In a language arts class, students could be asked multiple-choice questions that gauge their understanding of the material.
  • This can support lessons about climate change or the importance of natural habitats by providing a basis of understanding about ecosystems and the many types of animals that rely on them.
Scientist Notes
This video resource from Friends of Netarts Bay – WEBS gives a brief description of Netarts Bay in Tillamook County on the Oregon Coast. The video is narrated by a charming and informative animated Belted Kingfisher named Bel. Bel describes clearly how streams that flow into the bay and the tides from the ocean interact to form an estuary, then describes the multiple species that live around the bay. This resource was designed for 1st graders and is simple enough for young children but engaging enough to be useful for older students as well. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
      • SL.1.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
      • SL.2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 2-ESS2-2. Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
      • 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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