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: 10

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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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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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Forest Ecology Program

Learn all about the myriad of living systems in the forest environment; how they adapt and function individually and as a whole. They will cover a whole selection of concepts including habitats, predator-prey interaction, food webs, life cycles, and camouflage. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Apple Ridge Farm
  • Location: 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • 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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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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Structures of Life Third Grade Program

Students explore the field, forest and stream to discover native animals. They examine animal structures and discuss how these structures relate to life functions such as breathing, eating, protection and reproduction. Further exploration centers on how the plants and animals work together with other factors to compose an ecosystem. Games and activities reinforce concepts taught on the hike. Plan Field Trip

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

This program introduces children to the wonders of birds of prey and experience the wonders of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Hawk Mountain
  • Location: 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Field Trips

Topics include animal and plant investigations, orienteering, confidence courses, westward expansion, ecosystems, astronomy and energy sources. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center
  • Location: 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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