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					                   MYRTLE BEACH
                                       STATE PARK

                              4401 South Kings Highway
                               Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
                                   (843) 238-5325
                                                miles north of Highway 544 on U.S. 17
                                                Business. The park is 4.5 miles south of
                                                the intersection of Highway 501 and U.S.
                                                17 Business. The park is located on the
                                                beachfront side of Highway 17.


                                                Facilities




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                                                Myrtle Beach State Park is located in the
                                                heart of the Grand Strand. This 312-
                                                acre park is a piece of green paradise
                                                in the middle of vast development. The
                                                maritime forests of the Grand Strand have
We invite you and your students to visit        virtually disappeared, but the state park
our park and participate in an educational      protects over 100 acres of this rare and
program. Located in the heart of the Grand      unique forest. The park also offers 1-
Strand, Myrtle Beach State Park is one of       mile of undeveloped beachfront that is
the most popular public beaches along           characterized by beautiful sand dunes and
the South Carolina coast. This 312-acre         sea oats.
oceanfront park plays a major role in
preserving and maintaining a portion of         This park offers bathroom facilities, picnic
the natural heritage of South Carolina’s        areas, picnic shelters, 1-mile of beachfront,
coastline. This traditional state park was      fishing pier, nature center, 1.5-mile nature
built by the Civilian Conservation Corps        trail through the maritime forest, camping,
in the 1930s and has the distinction of         cabins, playground equipment, and fishing
being the first state park open to the public   pier gift store with drinks, microwave
in South Carolina. The park includes a          sandwiches, and gifts. The park is open
campground, cabins, nearly a mile of            7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
beach, picnic areas, a fishing pier and         During the months of December, January
nature center. In addition, a nature trail      and February, the park is open until 8 p.m.
provides a rare opportunity to see one of
the last stands of maritime forest on the       Reservations and Program Information
northern coast of South Carolina. Because       Ann Malys Wilson, Interpretive Ranger
of this distinction, the forest has been        Nature Center- 843-238-0874
declared a Heritage Trust Site.                 Email- awilson@scprt.com
                                                The nature center hours are varied, so
                                                please call for current hours. The nature
Location
                                                center does have an answering machine-
Myrtle Beach State Park is about 2
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               please leave your name, phone number,                simulate, on the beach, the nesting process
               reason of call, and the best time to be              that sea turtles go through each summer on
               reached during the day. The best times               our beaches.
               to call for information or to make a
               reservation are 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and              This two-hour program is offered
               2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The nature center is             September- early November and March-
               closed on Sundays and Mondays.                       May.

               The park begins booking reservations for             The maximum amount of students for
               the school year on the second Monday of              this program is 25. This program can
               August.                                              accommodate two classes in one day.

               Meeting Spot                                         What to Wear at Myrtle Beach State Park
               Terrific Turtles will meet at the activity center.   Students should wear clothes and shoes
               Show park admission your confirmation                that will get sandy from crawling while on
               letter and follow the road for 3/10 of a             the beach. They should be prepared for
               mile, and then look for a green and tan              the weather at the beach- it may be windy,
               sign on the left side of the road 1/10 of            chilly or hot! Participants need to wear
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               a mile past the white visitor center. Turn           shoes at all times.
               left into a gravel parking lot. Look for the
               recycled tire sign, walk down that path, and         Give all students name tags that are legible
               you will see the white activity center. Go up        from 6 feet away. This will help us to
               the steps.                                           interact better with your students. A piece
                                                                    of masking tape works well. Keep in mind,
               Meeting Time                                         the name tags need to be durable, since
               School groups should arrive at the park 15           the students will be down on the beach.
               minutes prior to the time of the program.            We don’t want to create more litter on the
               This will give groups time to gather their           beach!
               items and go to the restroom. Students
               should be allowed to go the restroom                 Things to Bring to Myrtle Beach State Park
               before they meet with the interpretive               • Plenty of drinks - it can get quite hot on
               ranger and start the program. The location             the beach!
               of the restroom facilities are listed on the         • A garbage bag to collect waste when
               enclosed map.                                          everyone is done eating. There are
                                                                      garbage dumpsters nearby; please help
               Terrific Turtles! Program and Lesson                   keep our park clean when done eating.
                                                                      We will provide either a bin or bag for
               Description                                            recyclables only- beverage containers
               Learn about the different turtles that live
                                                                      and any plastic 1-7. Please help keep
               at Myrtle Beach State Park and how they
                                                                      trash out!
               are adapted to their particular habitat.
                                                                    • Hand Soap
               Students will learn similarities and
                                                                    • First Aid Kit
               differences about Myrtle Beach State Park’s
               diverse turtles through photos, replicas,
               skulls and life sized drawings. There will           Driving to Myrtle Beach State Park
               be a special emphasis on loggerhead sea              To better prepare the students for the
               turtles and the different habitat needs they         program at Myrtle Beach State Park,
               require for their entire life cycle. With the        teachers should have the students observe
               power of their imaginations, students will           their surroundings as they are driving to the
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park. Whether the route takes them down
Highway 501, Highway 544, or Highway
17, students should notice the roads,
cars, restaurants, gas stations, hotels, golf
courses, stores, and houses, etc. The
Grand Strand is an area experiencing rapid
growth and development. As you enter
Myrtle Beach State Park, have the students
take note of the lack of major development.
They should notice the maritime forest,
birds, squirrels, sand dunes, etc. Even
though the state park is small in acreage,
it is still an important refuge for animals,
plants and even humans. Students will
learn how important habitat preservation is
as they learn about coastal habitats during
their field experience at Myrtle Beach State
Park.




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During the Field Experience at Myrtle Beach
State Park
While on the beach, students will be
allowed to keep only 5 shark teeth, shells,
sponges, wood, rocks, etc. from the beach.
No one is allowed to take any live animals.
This is to help ensure that future groups
have the same enjoyment and natural
resources of our park. We appreciate your
help in this matter.

While with the park interpretive ranger,
students will not be allowed to go into the
ocean.




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               Chaperone Letter                                                                   Y
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               Dear Chaperone,

               You will be accompanying students to Myrtle Beach State Park for our Discover
               Carolina program called Terrific Turtles.

               During the field experience, students will learn about reptiles and the different turtles
               that live at Myrtle Beach State Park and how they are adapted to their particular
               habitat. Students will learn about Myrtle Beach State Park’s diverse turtles through
               photos, replicas, skulls and life sized drawings. There will be a special emphasis
               on South Carolina’s state reptile, the loggerhead sea turtle. With the power of their
               imaginations, students will simulate, on the beach, the nesting process that sea turtles
               go through each summer on our beaches (they will get very sandy while crawling!) and
               what habitat requirements they need.
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               We ask that you assist with the following activities:
               • Be sure that all the students are involved.
               • Help keep students focused and on task.
               • Encourage them when they are crawling on the beach like sea turtles!
               • Help the students count by two’s (out loud!) how many eggs they lay (120) as sea
                  turtles.
               • Help keep the students off the sand dunes- foot traffic damages theses hills of grass
                  which provide nesting habitat for sea turtles and are the first line of defense during
                  storms.
               • Help students to search for evidence of dangers to sea turtles during the scavenger
                  hunt (ghost crab holes, boats, dog prints, birds, trash, shark teeth, firework parts,
                  tire tracks, etc.).
               • Help bring the students back into the group when the Interpretive Ranger requests
                  it.
               During Lunch:
               • After the students are done eating, please remind and or help the students clean up
                  the shelter or picnic area. Garbage dumpsters are provided. We will provide either
                  a bin or bag for recyclables only- beverage containers, and any plastic 1-7. Please
                  help keep trash out!

               During past programs, the students who had the most active and helpful chaperones
               learned the most. Please do not distract from the learning process by talking with other
               adults. As an additional courtesy, turn off cell phones. Help make this a positive and
               engaging learning environment for all involved! You never know what you may learn!

               Keep in mind, we will be conducting all activities at the beach. Please dress according
               to the day’s weather- it may be chilly, hot, or windy! You will get sandy!

               We can’t wait for you to discover the wonders of Myrtle Beach State Park!

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                                                   have.
               Content Area:                    3. Name some similarities that sea turtles
                                                   have that help them live in the ocean.
                 Science                        4. Name some habitats in which turtles
                                                   can be found in coastal South Carolina.
                Grade Level:                    5. Name some habitat problems that
                     2                             turtles face.

                                                Culminating Assessment
             Time to Complete:                  1. Name two characteristics that make




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               1 class period                      turtles different than other reptiles.
                                                2. Name three similarities that turtles have.
             Title of Program:                  3. Name two similarities that sea turtles
                                                   have that help them live in the ocean.
              Terrific Turtles!                 4. List three types of habitats in which
                                                   turtles can be found in coastal South
                                                   Carolina.
South Carolina State Standards Addressed        5. List three types of habitat problems that
Standard 2-2:                                      turtles face.
• The student will demonstrate
   an understanding of the needs                Materials and Resources
   and characteristics of animals as            *Materials for pre-site activities will be
   they interact in their own distinct          mailed 2- 3 weeks before the program.
   environments.                                The two turtle reading books must be
Indicators:                                     brought back to the park on the day of
• Classify animals (reptiles) according to      the program. Please put them back in
   their physical characteristics.              the same mailing envelope in which they
• Explain how distinct environments             arrived.
   throughout the world support the life of
   different types of animals.                  • Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons (Must be
• 2-2.5 Illustrate the various life cycles of     returned to Myrtle Beach State Park)
   animals.                                     • Look Out for Turtles! by Melvin Berger
                                                  (Must be returned to Myrtle Beach State
Program Description                               Park)
Students will be introduced to various          • Vocabulary list
turtles, their habitat needs, food              • Turtle Box Sheets (Four separate sheets-
preferences and adaptations through some          teachers will have to make appropriate
reading books.                                    amount of copies for students)

Focus Questions For Students                    Procedures
1. Name some characteristics that make          Turtles and their Habitats
   turtles different than other reptiles.       The two enclosed books, Look Out for
2. Name some similarities that turtles          Turtles! and Sea Turtles will serve as a basic
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                         introduction to turtles. These are very good    • If the school allows, have name tags on
                         tools to help students to understand the          students- this really helps to make our
                         diverse array of turtles, their adaptations,      teaching more effective and personal!
                         their habitat and food preferences, and         • Have the students wear clothes that will
                         some of the problems that they face.              get VERY sandy while crawling on the
                         Many, but not all, of the turtles in the book     beach like a sea turtle! They should
                         are found at Myrtle Beach State Park.             also be prepared for the day’s weather
                                                                           at the beach- it may be hot, chilly or
                         A vocabulary list will help the students to       windy.
                         become familiar with turtle related words       • Bring soap so the students can wash
                         that will be used both in the books and on        their hands.
                         the day of the field trip.                      • Bring a garbage bag to collect waste
                                                                           when everyone is done eating.
                         Look Out for Turtles! should be read first.
                         This book is a good introduction to turtles     Some questions that can be discussed after
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                         in general. Keep in mind, on page 6, I          reading the books and making the Turtle
                         disagree with the sentence - “The shell         Boxes:
                         is the turtle’s house”. The shell is their
                         skeleton and their habitat depends on the       There are many different ways to use the
                         species of turtle. This will be discussed       Turtle Boxes as learning tools.
                         during the program. Sea Turtles will go into
                         more details about sea turtles. The teacher     Pick a turtle and have the student’s line up
                         may want to read the books or have the          their boxes to match that turtles Habitat,
                         student’s take turns reading a page.            Food and Feet.

                         After reading the books, students can           Have the students decide how many turtles
                         make the Turtle Boxes and answer various        on the box live in aquatic habitats (3)
                         questions using the boxes. It is up to the
                         teacher how many boxes each student             Which turtles require a marine habitat?
                         receives and makes. A student can do all        (Loggerhead and Diamondback Terrapin)
                         four boxes, or the boxes can be divided up
                         into groups. Students can color the boxes       Looking at the flipper of the sea turtle, why
                         and turtles and they should also write their    could it not live in the forest habitat?
                         name on the box.
                                                                         Which habitats are being affected by
                         Optional Extension:                             development? All- whether building directly
                         Teachers may want to make a Venn                in the habitat or pollution of various types,
                         diagram on the board to discuss the             etc.
                         similarities and differences between land
                         and sea turtles.                                What turtles are eaten regularly by
                                                                         humans? Snapping turtles are used for
                                                                         soup and loggerhead sea turtle eggs are
                         Day of the Program                              eaten. Back in the early part of this century,
                         • Please bring back the two books in the        diamondback terrapins were also eaten.
                           padded envelope in which they came.
                           If these items are not returned, you          Teachers - come up with your own questions
                           will not receive the post activity that is    and ways for the students to match and
                           included in your program.                     manipulate their boxes.

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If the students become familiar with            vocabulary, they will be able to better
different turtles, their adaptations,           participate in the on-site program at Myrtle
habitat needs, food preferences, and the        Beach State Park.




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                               Vocabulary for Terrific Turtles!
Adaptation - A unique characteristic that       Habitat - Where an animal lives.
helps an animal or plant to survive in its
habitat.                                        Hatchling - Young, newly hatched turtles.

Aquatic- Having to do with water.               Marine - Having to do with the sea or
                                                ocean.
Camouflage - Shape, color, pattern or
behavior that helps a plant or animal blend     Plastron - The bottom part of a turtle shell.
in with its surroundings.
                                                Reptile - Animals that are characterized with
Carapace - The top part of a turtle shell.      the following: skin covered in scales, many
                                                have feet with claws, lay leathery eggs on
Clutch - A group of eggs.                       land, and ectothermic or cold blooded.
                                                Some reptiles include the alligators, lizards,
Conservation - The protection or wise use       snakes and turtles.
of our natural resources, such as forests,
rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans,          Scales - Thin, overlapping plates that form
beaches, etc. to ensure their continuation.     an outer covering and helps to protect
                                                reptiles.
Crawl - The track an adult sea turtle leaves
on the beach after coming out of the            Scute - The scales of a turtle’s shell that are
ocean.                                          reinforced with bone.

Flippers - Modified legs that help some         Shell - The shell of a turtle is part of its
turtles to swim.                                skeleton. It cannot be removed from the
                                                turtle’s body. It does help to protect turtles.
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                                                                        power of their imaginations, students will
                                       Content Area:                    simulate, on the beach, the nesting process
                                                                        that sea turtles go through each summer on
                                         Science                        our beaches.

                                        Grade Level:                    This two-hour program is offered
                                             2                          September- early November and March-
                                                                        May.

                                     Time to Complete:                  The maximum amount of students for
                                          2 hours                       this program is 25. This program can
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                                                                        accommodate two classes in one day.
                                     Title of Program:
                                                                        Focus Questions For Students
                                      Terrific Turtles!                 1. List some turtles in South Carolina.
                                                                        2. Name some turtle habitats in South
                                                                           Carolina and at Myrtle Beach State
                        South Carolina State Standards Addressed           Park.
                        Standard 2-2:                                   3. Discuss the similarities of turtles.
                        • The student will demonstrate                  4. Name some characteristics of turtles
                           an understanding of the needs                   that live in freshwater, forest or the
                           and characteristics of animals as               ocean.
                           they interact in their own distinct          5. Name some nesting habitat needs
                           environments.                                   for nesting loggerheads and their
                        Indicators:                                        hatchlings.
                        • Classify animals (reptiles) according to      6. List the life cycle of a loggerhead sea
                           their physical characteristics.                 turtle starting with an egg.
                        • Explain how distinct environments
                           throughout the world support the life of     Culminating Assessment
                           different types of animals.                  1. Name 4 turtles that live in South
                        • 2-2.5 Illustrate the various life cycles of      Carolina.
                           animals.                                     2. List 3 types of habitats in South Carolina
                                                                           or at Myrtle Beach State Park.
                        Program Description                             3. Name 2 characteristics of turtles.
                        Learn about the different turtles that live     4. List 2 characteristics each of turtles that
                        at Myrtle Beach State Park and how they            live in the ocean, forest and freshwater.
                        are adapted to their particular habitat.        5. List 2 habitat needs each for nesting
                        Students will learn similarities and               adult sea turtles and hatchlings.
                        differences about Myrtle Beach State Park’s     6. List 3 life cycle stages of the loggerhead
                        diverse turtles through photos, replicas,          sea turtle in order.
                        skulls and life sized drawings. There will
                        be a special emphasis on loggerhead sea         Materials and Resources
                        turtles and the different habitat needs they    Materials used on site at Myrtle Beach State
                        require for their entire life cycle. With the
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Park- All materials will be provided by the       need. While on the beach, students
park.                                             will crawl and dig like loggerhead sea
                                                  turtles, search for natural and unnatural
•   Turtle skulls                                 dangers that occur during the hatchling
•   Life-sized sea turtle drawings                phase and adult phase of sea turtles,
•   Pictures of sea turtle activity               understand the life cycle of loggerheads
•   Turtle shell                                  through the use of photos, and discuss
•   Turtle rib bones                              how they can have a positive impact on
•   Plastic sea turtle                            sea turtles. (1 hour)
•   Hatchling replica
•   Ping-pong ball
•   Trash bag
•   Scavenger hunt cards

Teacher Preperation




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Read the lesson and activities completely
and contact Myrtle Beach State Park with
any concerns or modifications. Implement
pre-site activities before the scheduled
program. Please plan adequate classroom
time for both pre-site and post-site activities
in order to help reinforce the topics
discussed during the program. If any
special needs are required, please contact
the park interpreter before the program.

On-Site Procedures
A. The Diversity of Turtles and Habitats in
   South Carolina (Activity Center)
   Students will learn why turtles are
   reptiles, but also how they are different
   when compared to some other reptiles.
   Through turtle replicas, life size
   drawings, and skulls, students will learn
   about the diversity of turtles at Myrtle
   Beach State Park and the habitats in
   which they live. They will learn about
   the habitat and food requirements, how
   they are adapted to each habitat, and
   some of the problems they face. (45
   minutes)
B. Let’s be a Loggerhead Sea Turtle!
   (Beach)
   With the power of their imaginations,
   students will simulate, on the beach,
   the nesting process that loggerhead
   sea turtles go through each summer
   and what habitat requirements they
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                                                                          Focus Questions For Students and
                                         Content Area:                    Culminating Assessment
                                           Science                        Terrific Sea Turtles! assessment sheet


                                          Grade Level:                    Materials and Resources
                                                                          •   CD with Photos
                                               2                          •   Terrific Sea Turtles!
                                                                          •   Assessment Sheet
                                       Time to Complete:                  •   Turtle Alphabet Sheet
                                                                          •   Turtle Tune Video - Talking about Sea
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                                         I class period
                                                                              Turtles

                                        Title of Program:                 Procedures
                                         Terrific Turtles!                • Watch the 12-minute sea turtle video. It
                                                                            was filmed for the state of Georgia, but
                                                                            everything still applies to loggerhead
                          South Carolina State Standards Addressed          sea turtles here in South Carolina
                          Standard 2-2:                                     and at Myrtle Beach State Park. As
                          • The student will demonstrate                    you watch the video, you may want to
                             an understanding of the needs                  reinforce certain facts:
                             and characteristics of animals as            • The opening segment shows sea oats-
                             they interact in their own distinct            see if the students remember why they
                             environments.                                  are so important to sand dunes. (Their
                          Indicators:                                       roots help to trap sand and build sand
                          • Classify animals (reptiles) according to        dunes. Sand dunes provide habitat for
                             their physical characteristics.                sea turtles and prevent flooding.)
                          • Explain how distinct environments             • As the students watch the female lay
                             throughout the world support the life of       eggs, have them remember how they
                             different types of animals.                    dug their nest (with their back flippers),
                          • 2-2.5 Illustrate the various life cycles of     how many eggs on average they lay in
                             animals.                                       South Carolina (120), why the females
                                                                            cover the nest (to disguise it from
                          Program Description                               predators), and notice how the female
                          Through a video, students will have an            throws sand and how covered she is in
                          opportunity to watch a loggerhead sea             sand.
                          turtle go through its life cycle as it digs a   • The video will briefly discuss tagging-
                          nest, lay eggs and its hatchlings crawl out       this will be covered in our Fifth Grade
                          of its nest. The video will reinforce what        Discover Carolina Program- Day in the
                          habitat requirements sea turtles need, and        Life of a Sea Turtle Biologist.
                          some of the problems they face.                 • Have the students answer and discuss
                                                                            the questions from the Terrific Sea
                                                                            Turtles assessment sheet. Teachers may
                                                                            want to run off enough copies for each
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   student.                                     came.

Additional Activities:                          Please rewind the video!

Turtle Alphabet Book:                           It is important that you mail the video back
Make an alphabet book about the field           in the requested time limit. We have a
experience at Myrtle Beach State Park.          limited amount of videos that we distribute
Students can work in teams, pairs or            to various school groups.
individuals and create a book about their
turtle experience. Students get a letter and    The video should be in the mail or brought
pick a word (or words) that start with their    back to Myrtle Beach State Park by
letter. We have included our word ideas for     ______________________________________
the book. If students come up with different    or earlier.
words, let us know! Students can write a
definition of their word, draw a picture,




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write about their experience surrounding
their word, etc. When everyone is done,
they can share their letter with the rest of
the class.

This can also be a great way for the
teachers to assess what the students
learned during the Discover Carolina
program. Teachers may also want to put
the book in the school’s media center, on
the wall outside their classroom, or share
with the parents.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Life Cycle Review:
Use the photos on the enclosed CD and
have the students review the life cycle of
loggerhead sea turtles. Once the life cycle
is in order, students can discuss what type
of habitat is necessary and what dangers
they face during each phase of their life.
These are the same photos used during the
field experience at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Turtle Tune:
If your students like to sing while learning,
a second grade teacher at Forestbrook
Elementary came up with a catchy tune to
help the learning process.

After the Post-Activity is Completed
You will have two weeks to watch this video
and then it needs to be mailed back in the
postage paid mailing envelope in which it

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                          Questions for Students
                          List two habitat requirements that sea turtles need in order to successfully nest.



                          Name two human disturbances or problems that could occur to an adult turtle as she
                          comes up on the beach to nest.
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                          List three obstacles, caused by humans, which could stop a hatchling sea turtle from
                          getting to the ocean.




                          Name at least two natural predators that could harm a hatchling.



                          Name two actions that humans can do to protect beaches for sea turtles or just sea
                          turtles in general.



                          Name two actions that humans can do to protect the ocean for sea turtles or just sea
                          turtles in general.




                          List one or two reasons that make Myrtle Beach State Park one of the better places to
                          nest in Horry County?



                          Name the one thing that we should all do every time we go to the beach. Hint - it can
                          help sea turtles and other marine wildlife.




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Answers
List two habitat requirements that sea turtles need in order to successfully nest.
Beaches with little to no lights, nest area that is pretty safe from high tides (preferably
sand dunes), little to no people disturbance, no sea walls.

Name two human disturbances or problems that could occur to an adult turtle as she
comes up on the beach to nest.
People on beach with flashlights, lights from beachfront housing or hotels, car traffic on
beach, sea walls that prevent areas in which to nest, fireworks, holes leftover from sand




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castles, etc, chairs that can trap an adult turtle.

Name three obstacles, caused by humans, which could stop a hatchling from getting
to the ocean.
Vehicles on beach, people on the beach, beachfront lighting, vehicles, pollution that
entangles them, illegal sand fencing that traps them in the nest, sea walls, holes
leftover from sand castles, etc.

Name at least two natural predators that could harm a hatchling either while on land
or at sea.
Birds, ghost crabs, and raccoons. Red foxes, feral dogs and cats may also harm a
hatchling; however, these are not native predators.

Name two actions that humans can do to protect beaches for sea turtles or just sea
turtles in general.
Do not develop sea turtle nesting beaches, walk on boardwalks and not sand dunes,
reduce lighting on beaches, do not use flashlights while walking on the beach at night,
pick up trash, do not allow sea walls on beaches, do not disturb sea turtle nests, do not
set off fireworks on the beach.

Name two actions that humans can do to protect the ocean for sea turtles or just sea
turtles in general.
Pick up trash, do not litter

List one or two reasons that make Myrtle Beach State Park one of the better places to
nest in Horry County.
Lack of beachfront development and lighting, not as many people, sand dunes for the
sea turtles to lay eggs, rangers and volunteers monitor turtle activity daily during the
nesting season.

Name the one thing that we should all do every time we go to the beach. Hint - it can
help sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Pick up at least one piece of trash every time we go to the beach!!

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                          A   Aquatic, Adaptation, Atlantic, August, Adult
                          B   Box Turtle, Beach, Bird, Boardwalk
                          C   Cold-blooded, Carapace, Clams, Clutch, Crawl, Camouflage, Crabs
                          D   Dive, Dune, Dog, Diamondback Terrapin, Digging
                          E   Egg, Enemies, Environment, Endangered, Emerging
                          F   Flipper, Fish, Fruit, Fireworks, Forest, Female, Flashlight
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                          G   Green Sea Turtle, Grass, Gulls, Ghost Crab
                          H   Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Head, Habitat, Hatchling, Helium Balloon
                          I   Insects, Immature, Imagination, Incubation
                          J   Jaw, Jellyfish, June, July, Juvenile
                          K   Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
                          L   Leatherback Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Lights, Litter
                          M   Mexico, Migrate, Marine, Moon, Mud Turtle, Male, May
                          N   Nest, Night, Nature, Natural
                          O   Ocean, Offshore, Omnivore, Oil, Older
                          P   Plastron, Pollution, Pond, Problems, Protected
                          Q   Quahog Clam (type of clam commonly found on beach)
                          R   Reptiles, River, Raccoons
                          S   Sea Turtle, Scales, Shell, Swim, Seaweed, Sand Dune, Snails,
                              Snapping Turtle, Stream, Summer, Swamp, Salt Marsh, Swimming
                          T   Turtle, Teeth (turtles have none), Terrapin, Threatened, Tide
                          U   Underwater, Unique, Uncommon
                          V   Vegetables, Vacation, Vehicle
                          W   Water, Whelks, Worms, Waves, Wind, World, Weight (as in sea turtles)
                          X   If you come up with any words, let us know!!!
                          Y   Young, Years, Yellow-bellied Slider
                          Z   Zooplankton (we could not come up with any other words!)

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by Donna Thompson and her second grade class at Forestbrook Elementary, Myrtle Beach, SC, Fall 2007



                  Down on the sand dunes, early in the morning,
                     See the turtle tracks, the mother’s crawl.
                       She lays her eggs in a clutch of 100,
                    Scratch, scratch, scoot, scoot off she goes!

                      Inside the nest, it’s shaped like a lightbulb,




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                        It’s warm and dark, the walls are hard.
                           Eggs shaped like a ping-pong ball,
                       Quiet, quiet, shh, shh, watch them grow.

                            In 60 days the eggs are ready,
                         An egg tooth helps to crack the egg.
                      The hatchlings crawl on top of each other,
                       Scratch, scratch, scoot, scoot off they go!

                       Out of the nest, the waves are glowing,
                   The moon tells the hatchlings which way to go.
                    They crawl to the water from the sand dunes,
                      Scratch, scratch, scoot, scoot, off they go.

                     Predators are watching the hatchlings crawl,
                        Gulls, ghost crabs, and raccoons too,
                        Skunks and foxes, will eat the babies.
                         Crawling to the water, off they go.

                        Inside the water, the waves are moving,
                        Washing the hatchlings, back and forth.
                       Swimming for the first time is not so easy.
                             Flippers working, off they go.




Sing to the tune Down by the Station. If unfamiliar with the tune to Down by the Station, go to this web
site: http://www.gardenofsong.com/downby.html

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