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Friends of Netarts Bay


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



Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

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


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Meet Your Bay: Nestucca

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  • This brief video explores the biodiversity, physical features, daily tidal patterns, and seasonal changes of Nestucca Bay on the Oregon coast.
  • Students will learn about the different types of animals that inhabit Nestucca Bay, the size of the bay and its watershed, the national wildlife refuge on the Nestucca Bay estuary, and how environmental protection has allowed the bay to maintain its biodiversity.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is concise, visually appealing, and enthusiastically narrated. 
  • This video does a good job of detailing the geography of Nestucca Bay.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • Students need to understand the following terms: bay, estuary, watershed, migration, tides, freshwater, saltwater, and spit.
  • Older students would benefit from understanding what a species is, the different classes within the animal kingdom, and the specific characteristics that make each class distinct.


  • This video could be shown as an example of what happens when scientific considerations lead to the protection of wildlife and their natural habitats, which can benefit people and the planet.
  • This video could supplement a lesson about the importance of biodiversity and maintaining the health of ecosystems.
  • This video could be used to facilitate a classroom discussion on why certain species are endangered and what can be done about it.
  • For older students, they could be asked questions that gauge their comprehension of the material and then they could write responses independently.
Scientist Notes
This video is a primer on Nestucca Bay in Oregon. The information provided is accurate and sources are provided. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
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