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: 15

Chesapeake Connections

Chesapeake Connections is the Outdoor Education outreach program which connects classroom instruction with a series of relevant hands-on experiences that lead to environmental stewardship. Chesapeake Connections ultimate goal is to support opportunities for environmental stewardship which we define as "respecting and caring for the environment when no-one is watching." Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Arlington Echo
  • Location: 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville, MD 21108
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): 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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River Habitat Program

The River Habitat program teaches elementary school students about animal adaptation and habit requirements using the Anacostia River Watershed as a living instructional aide. The three-part service learning curriculum presents a course of classroom activities, field study, and community service that engages students in exploring links between school and community; as well as, some of the real-life applications of science. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Location: 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary 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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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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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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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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Estuary Ecology Program (Grades 2-5)

Learn about estuaries and watersheds through activities including water quality testing (dissolved oxygen and turbidity, primarily), a shoreline walk, fish seining, and watershed lessons. 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
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Stream in the Classroom and Aquatic Field Study

Test samples of water from local streams both in and out of the classroom. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Northumberland County Conservation District
  • Location: RR 3 , Sunbury, PA 17801
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Student Activities

The Saturday Environmental Academy offers a unique outdoor educational opportunity for 7th and 8th graders who live in the Anacostia River watershed. Through this free, fun, educational experience, students learn about their river; its history, health, and ecology while developing their skills in team building, critical thinking, and scientific investigation. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Saturaday Environmental Academy
  • Location: Jane Osborne|725 8th Steet, SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • 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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