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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Total Results: 5

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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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Estuarine Ecology (Grades 6-12)

This is a canoe based program. Students will test water quality using up-to-date equipment and technology, delineate wetlands, monitor Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), characterize vegetative communities in the marsh, and observe wetland animals in the context of watershed issue investigation. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
  • Location: 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD 21009
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
  • Level(s): Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Watershed Explorers Program

Watershed Explorer innovative, hands-on environmental science program helps middle and high school students develop a closer connection with the natural world around them. Using the Anacostia River as living example and natural laboratory, WE learning modules highlight the many connections between ecological and human communities. Students receive a wide variety of enriching experiences by engaging in multiple classroom sessions, an outdoor field study on the Anacostia, and a practical environmental restoration service project. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Location: 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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Echo Hill Science and Ecology Day Programs

Echo Hill's science and ecology classes involve students in the following activities: examining water quality; sifting through bottom samples; using sense of touch on a nature walk through the forest; studying fish, insects, crustaceans, and other animals; making dyes from natural materials; planting in the garden; feeding barnyard animals; tending to a compost pile; participating in scavenger hunts on the beach; canoeing through the swamp; using a map and compass; and learning about night vision and the night sky. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Location: 13655 Bloomingneck Rd, Worton, MD 21678
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Chesapeake Heritage Initiative Program

Chesapeake Heritage Initiative blends the science and the history of the Bay. Aboard historic Chesapeake Bay work boats on the Chester River, students learn in the heart of Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore, where time and tradition have all but stood still. Students will eat, sleep, and live on board Echo Hill Outdoor School's two historic bay craft, the buy-boat Annie D. (1957) and the skipjack Elsworth (1901). Activities include fishing, setting sails, navigating with map and compass, interviewing people on the River, and learning about regional lifestyles and folklore. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Location: 13655 Bloomingneck Rd, Worton, MD 21678
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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