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: 44

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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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. 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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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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Conservation of Natural Resources Program

Explore the influence of human activity on ecosystems, learn the differences in renewable and nonrenewable resources and about the management of these resources. Then learn how to conserve water and energy and reduce waste. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Apple Ridge Farm
  • Location: 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Theme(s): 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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Interpretive Programs

The park offers 18 miles of hiking trails, the remains of sawmill and grist mill are still present and the spectacular view of the Great Falls. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Valley Falls State Park
  • Location: Rt. 6 , Fairmont, WV 26273
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Strawberry Hill Educational Programs

Strawberry Hill programs are fun as well as educational, featuring hands-on activities that involve all the students. Programs can range from 90 to 240 minutes in length. Programs are offered both at Strawberry Hill and at your site. Programs cover a diversity range of topics such as watersheds, wetlands, ecology, adaptation, energy. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Strawberry Hill Nature Center
  • Location: 1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Lifesavers of the Chesapeake Bay

Students launch on a journey to four high-activity learning stations. Earning a large wooden lifesaver at each station, students gain important information about the geography, biology, and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. They discover its relationship to themselves as watershed residents and ways they can help to preserve and protect the estuary and our local waterways. In the process, students see that the water quality in our local stream, the Antietam Creek, is directly related to the health of all water bodies downstream, including the Bay. Point and non-point sources of pollution are discussed. 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): Elementary School, 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 Trip to Middle Creek

Take your students on a hike or participate in wildlife based activities including bird watching. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Location: PO Box 110, Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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