On our 2nd day in California, we went to see the tide pools at Monterey Bay. We were fortunate that there was a low tide just about the time it fit in our schedule - around 9:30 am.
We met another mom and her 2 children who live in California and come here a few times a year. The mom was very helpful with identifying things for us.
periwinkles - a type of snail
green sea anemones
sea star (possibly ochre sea star - we were told there were many around here)
tiny crab hiding
and, a large sea star... eating! don't you love its little tube feet?
We were going to study sea stars before our trip, but didn't get around to it. We might do that now. There is a great looking lapbook at Homeschool Share.
Also, I was thrilled to see so many of the "critters" that we'd seen last year in San Diego! I felt like I knew more this time since I'd already learned about some of our "finds" last year.