Field Studies

Field studies coupled with classroom activities are an integral part of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. Find a field study program that gets your students’ feet wet and hands dirty.

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Growing Up Green: Exploring the Life Cycles of Plants and Animals

In this exciting outdoor environmental education program, kindergarteners compare and contrast the life cycles of four plants and animals through hands-on investigation. Activities include using dip nets and buckets in the Arboretum’s wetland to see what frogs look like at each stage of the life cycle, searching for caterpillars and eggs in the butterfly garden, and exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands in a tree life cycle scavenger hunt. The program is aligned with MSDE standards LS4a–d, LS6a–b, and EN15a–b.

  • Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
  • Location: 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21660
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Day Trips to Fairview

Programs focus on animal studies, astronomy, campfire, canoeing, challenge course, fishing, geology, hiking, orienteering, weather study, stream study and adventure activities.

  • Organization(s): Fairview Outdoor Education Center Facilities
  • Location: 12808 Draper Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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School Year Programs at Clearwater

Located within Cosca Regional Park, Clearwater Nature Center offers a variety of interpretive programs hosted by park naturalists. Environmental education is strongly supported at this facility through interesting exhibits, displays, programs, special events, clubs, trips, and volunteer opportunities. The nature center features a small indoor pond, live animal exhibits, a lapidary laboratory, and seasonal herb and butterfly gardens.

  • Organization(s): Clearwater Nature Center
  • Location: 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, MD 20736
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Stanley Norman Skipjack Program in St. Michaels

The Stanley Norman, one of the last of the Chesapeake’s famous fleet of skipjacks, provides an authentic setting to study the Bay’s resources. Originally built in 1902, the Stanley Norman is an unforgettable venue for participants to dredge for oysters, test water quality, and imagine what it was like to work on a 65 wooden sailing vessel.
CBF instructors utilize activities to deepen participants’ understanding of local ecosystems and give relevance and depth to the classroom curriculum. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote higher order thinking skills by learning through active experience.

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 213 North Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Restoring Our Own Trees Through Service

Our Restoring Our Own Trees Through Service (ROOTS) program is our primary education initiative. This program adheres to D.C. science standards for education and is used to connect K- 8 grade educators and students to their schoolyard environment by creating an outdoor classroom without leaving the school. Our ROOTS curriculum combines science, art, math and literature with fun, hands-on environmental education.

  • Organization(s): Casey Trees
  • Location: 1123 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Hashawha Environmental Center Education Program

Carroll County Outdoor School provides sixth grade students with a unique opportunity for intensive study in a “living laboratory.” Each sixth grader has the opportunity to attend a week-long residential environmental education program at the Hashawha Environmental Center. Instruction and supervision are provided by the Outdoor School team, high school student counselors, and visiting classroom teachers.

  • Organization(s): Carroll County Outdoor School
  • Location: 300 John Owings Road, Westminster, MD 21158
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refugee

The Refuge includes over 25,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh.  At the Refuge, visitors will find a beautiful Visitor Center, a Wildlife Drive, four hiking trails, three paddling trails, miles of cycling roads, hunting/fishing/crabbing opportunities, and adventures in environmental education.

  • Organization(s): Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Location: 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Explore the Education Center

Blackbird State Forest is a free site for outdoor recreation - open all year long with trails. The Education Center, features interactive displays and outdoor trails on Delaware’s forests.

  • Organization(s): Blackbird State Forest Education Center
  • Location: 502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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MD-DC-VA Audubon School Programs

At the Audubon Naturalist Society we offer a wide variety of educational programs that foster an appreciation, understanding and stewardship of the natural environment.

Our programs are open to public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and scouts in preschool through Grade 5. For programs with middle and high school students, please contact us to learn how we can tailor a program for your students. We can accommodate children with varied needs and are happy to work with teachers to meet their academic goals.

We give teachers the convenient choice of taking a field trip to one of our beautiful nature sanctuaries in Chevy Chase, Maryland or Leesburg, Virginia OR having a naturalist come to your school with our Naturalist in Your Classroom program.

We provide multilevel programs that meet state standards as well as developmental milestones in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

  • Organization(s): Audubon Naturalist Society
  • Location: 802 Children's Center Road, Leesburg, VA 20175
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Chesapeake Connections

Chesapeake Connections is the Outdoor Education outreach program which connects classroom instruction with a series of relevant hands-on experiences that lead to environmental stewardship. Chesapeake Connections ultimate goal is to support opportunities for environmental stewardship which we define as “respecting and caring for the environment when no-one is watching.”

  • Organization(s): Arlington Echo
  • Location: 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville, MD 21108
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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