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K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Geography, Art

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

MyCoast: New Jersey Places We Love

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  • This interactive map and citizen science project allows students to document and examine photos of New Jersey's rivers, estuaries, bays, and coastline. 
  • The site allows for participants to explore other photo submissions and submit their own photos of places they love in their own communities. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource allows people to document places that are important to them to encourage the preservation of natural spaces.
  • Students can use the digital map to identify other popular ecotourist sites in New Jersey. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Participants who submit their own photos must register to create a free account. 
  • Students in younger grades (K-5) may need help using this resource and in identifying the differences between the terms estuary, bay, ocean, and river. 


  • This resource is a great way to help young students learn to navigate digital maps and learn about their local community and state. 
  • Science classes could use this resource to view images of coastal ecosystems when learning about wetland habitats, rivers, and oceans.
  • Pair this resource with this similar resource that allows people to document instances of high water in New Jersey, or this Nature Show and Tell activity.
Scientist Notes
This resource documents natural landscapes and ecotourist sites in New Jersey. The places can improve ones mental health and the resource can encourage people to conserve their green spaces. This is recommended.

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

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.3-5 Construct maps and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar places.
      • D2.Geo.2.3-5 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.5a Compare one's own interpretation of a work of art with the interpretation of others.
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