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.

Find a Program Near You

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Total Results: 11

Shad/Herring Awareness & Restoration Program

The Shad and Herring program provides an opportunity for students and teacher throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to turn their science classrooms into working fish hatcheries during the months of April and May. Participants put their scientific knowledge to practical use by learn how to set up and maintain an aquarium full of fish eggs laid by American Shad and native Herring. Students return hatched juveniles to the Anacostia River in an effort to repopulate dwindling fish populations. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Location: 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Restoration
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-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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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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Susquehanna Watershed Education Program (SWEP)

The Susquehanna Watershed Education Program (SWEP) is a hands-on mobile watershed education program that enables students to explore local rivers and streams in central Pennsylvania, monitoring the effect of agriculture and other land uses on water quality. Traveling by canoe on a local creek, river, or lake, students investigate the local flora and fauna, perform water quality tests and biological surveys, and explore local issues, history, and geography. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 14 North Front Street, Suite G, Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Smith Island Study Center

Located within Tylerton MD, one of three watermen's communities on Smith Island, this center emphasizes the culture and ecology of a Chesapeake fishing village. Steeped in Chesapeake lore and heritage, Smith Island is the largest inhabited offshore island in the Bay. Participants gain insight into island culture to better understand how the community has interacted with the Bay for more than 300 years. Extensive wetlands, underwater grass beds, oyster reefs, and forests are easily explored on foot and by canoe and workboat. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 20846 Caleb Jones Rd , Ewell, MD 21824
  • 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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Port Isobel Island Study Center

Port Isobel is a 250-acre island east of Tangier Island. It is the southernmost point between the Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay proper. All buildings have electricity, central air, and heating systems, and Clivus Multrum composting toilets that use no water or chemicals. The dorm and the conference center were architecturally adapted from working barns in Pennsylvania to become some of CBF's first environmentally friendly buildings. Facilities include a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and oven. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: Port Isobel Island, Port Isobel Island, VA 0
  • 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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James River Program

Aboard the workboat Baywatcher, participants engage in water quality testing, biological sampling, and analysis while overlooking locations that have significant historical ties to the river plantations, heavy industry, and serene wildlife preserves. Students sample aquatic life and perform basic water quality tests. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 109 Jordan Point Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Virginia Canoe Program

From Northern Virginia to Richmond to Virginia Beach, the mobile Virginia Canoe Program travels to a river or stream near you. Trip participants probe the Bay's biologically diverse flat water to learn about the effects of creekside land uses and study the area's plants and wildlife. CBF staff travel to many Virginia rivers to investigate some of the most scenic waterways in the watershed. While paddling these tidal rivers and streams, students and educators examine the relationship between human activities and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 1108 East Main Street, Suite 1600, Richmond , VA 23219
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Merrill Center Education Program

This program makes use of an exceptional location between the shores of the Bay, the woods of Bay Ridge, the tidal marsh of Black Walnut Creek, and the local fields of tall native grasses. While experiencing the natural surroundings, students will survey the flora and fauna that make up an ecosystem's biodiversity. The Merrill Center building itself is a model of green architecture and has won a Platinum Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an exemplar of the minimal impact that even large-capacity office buildings can have on the environment. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Location: 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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