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: 13

Aquatic Ecology

Students are introduced to the aquatic habitats using dip nets and organism identification keys. Students explore, collect, observe, and identify from Apple Ridge's pond and woodland creeks. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Apple Ridge Farm
  • Location: 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
  • Level(s): High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Wetlands on Wheels

The Wetland on Wheels is a 38' mobile classroom that visits elementary schools and events in the Delmarva area. Highly qualified wetland educators travel with the mobile classroom to events and schools. During school visits educators teach wetland lessons to children in grades K -5 Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Environmental Concern
  • Location: 201 Boundary Lane, 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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Anacostia Park as an Outdoor Classroom

Students explore interesting facts about a variety of local fish and aquatic species and their water environment with teacher-guided lessons. Support for programs will be provided by Aquatic Resources Education staff. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Aquatic Resources Education Center
  • Location: Anacostia Park, Washington, DC 20020
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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VIMS Discovery Labs

The monthly Discovery Lab series provides fun, family-friendly experiences and lifelong learning. Each lab focuses on a specific topic through a series of stations that provide hands-on activities for kids and adults. Participants look through microscopes, observe live animals, partake in crafts and games, and view research posters. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve at VIMS
  • Location: Gloucester Rd, Gloucester Point, VA 23062
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Chesapeake Bay Ecology Program

This hands-on, 90-minute program allows students to explore the Chesapeake Bay estuary through its history, bounty, and ecology. Beach seining, aquaculture, and seagrass restoration activities help students to understand the complex nature of estuarine systems and our coastal environments. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): The Watermen's Museum
  • Location: 309 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Discovering Wetlands

Upper elementary students define and explore the wetland communities of Renfrew Park. They learn the three major types of wetlands and examine the plants, animals, soils, energy flow and water chemistry of these special ecosystems. Hands-on activities involve soil sampling, water testing for pH, plant study, and macroinvertebrate investigation. Students use watershed models to see how wetlands act as sponges and filters. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
  • Location: 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
  • 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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Emerging Scientist Project

The Emerging Scientist Project (ESP) connects high school classrooms with local NOAA resources to expose students to oceanic and atmospheric research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The program encourages students to pursue scientific careers and challenges them to seek local solutions to problems facing the Bay. ESP has been used by biology, environmental science, and other science teachers to assist in teaching standards and concepts while actively engaging their students in local environmental issues.This flexible program is designed to be carried out over the course of one semester during normally scheduled classes. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Location: 410 Severn Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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Field Trips to the Baltimore Aquarium

Take a self-guided through the exhibits or schedule a tour with aquarium staff. Explore the wonders of the underwater world and fish from all over the globe. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Location: 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Horn Point Environmental Education Program

The Horn Point Environmental Education (EE) Program provides hands-on age appropriate educational activities that focus on science and the ecology of the local environment. Primarily targeting pre-K – 5th grade student Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Horn Point Laboratory
  • Location: 2020 Horn Point Road, Cambridge, MD 21613
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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Cells and Microscopes Fifth Grade Program

During their visit students receive instruction on the use of a microscope. They explore the stream for macroscopic life, and collect and examine plankton samples. Activities reveal the important connections between these two worlds. Following a break for lunch, students hike to collect natural objects to view under field microscopes, and engage in activities designed to reinforce the parts of plant and animal cells. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Fair Hill Nature Center
  • Location: 630 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD 21921
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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