It’s summer, and we all love to visit the Oregon Coast!  

Just after the high tide goes out, puddles of water fill the crags on the rocks; sometimes, creatures like starfish, hermit crabs, and fish get stuck in the little pools. Some shelled creatures live in the pool all the time, like barnacles and limpets. Let’s make a tide pool!  


Pencil and Eraser 

Crayons or Markers  

Copy or Construction Paper 

Paper Plate 


Glue Stick  


  • Let’s make our tide pool. Using a brown crayon scribble your paper plate with brown so it is covered. Use your black crayon and create crags for your rocks. You can add patches of green for sea moss.
  • Let’s make creatures! You can print my ‘Tide Pool Creatures’ art page or draw your own creatures either realistic or invent your own. 
  • Grab your markers or crayons and use at least 4 colors per creature. You can add dots or patterns to make them interesting  
  • Using your best cutting skills, cut around each character.  
  • Place them all in the tide pool and when you are happy glue them down. 

We are not finished yet. We can do research and learn about shoreline safety.  

  • Where in Oregon are tide pools near you?  Here are a few place to visit- Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda, Seal Rock State Park, Yachats State Park, Cape Perpetua and Neptune State Park.  
  • When is the best time to visit tide pools? It is safest to see them as the tide starts to recede (go down). Be very careful if the tide is coming in because in Oregon it can happen really fast! 
  • What is a ‘Sneaker Wave’? I know that sounds funny but it can be really dangerous. A sneaker wave is a much bigger wave that can suddenly appear without warning and sweep a person or pet into the water. While you visit the coast it is important to keep an eye on the surf.
  • Never stand on a log near the water’s edge because if a sneaker wave hits, the log can float and turn, flipping you underwater.  
  • Proper behavior at a tide pool. When walking to tide pools, take care and not trample on the plants and animals in the area.  
  • Tide pools are homes, so we should never mess with the creatures by touching them or taking them away from their house.  
  • Did you know that many tide pools have volunteers that will share their knowledge with you and your family? Check with the Rangers Station or use Google to find more information.