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: 52

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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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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. Plan Field Trip

  • 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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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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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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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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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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Reading the Signs Program

Reading the Signs provides students with a look at the archaeology in the Chesapeake Bay area from the perspective of examining change through biological specimens uncovered during excavation. Working with charcoal specimens and oyster shells, students will learn to see a linear progression from what the Bay was like 400 years ago to what is here today and what may be here in the future. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
  • Location: 3200 King's Landing Road, Huntington, MD 20639
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Colonial Lifeways Program

The Europeans that settled in the Chesapeake Bay region during the 17th century had to learn many new skills to survive. Explore how 17th century Maryland colonists adapted to their new home. Students begin by examining historical drawings, artifacts, and replicas. In addition they will grind corn using a wooden mortar and pestle, learn how to start a fire using flint and steel, and make a cedar shingle using a beadle and froe. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
  • Location: 3200 King's Landing Road, Huntington, MD 20639
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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BVW School Programs

Geared to address specific environmental concepts in outdoor classrooms through hands-on experiential learning and are focused around the farm, forest, field, pond and stream habitats located nearby. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Brandywine Valley Association
  • Location: 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester, PA 19382
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Otter Point Creek Environmental Survey

In this real world scenario, students are asked to play the role of an environmental survey team hired to help Harford County Government's Planning and Zoning Department determine whether or not to give a permit to a private company for a marina expansion project on Otter Point Creek. 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, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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