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: 9

Visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refugee

The Refuge includes over 25,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh. At the Refuge, visitors will find a beautiful Visitor Center, a Wildlife Drive, four hiking trails, three paddling trails, miles of cycling roads, hunting/fishing/crabbing opportunities, and adventures in environmental education. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Location: 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High 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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Classrooms in the Field Program (Grades 1-4)

Classrooms in the Field require cooperation between staff naturalists and teachers. Prior to the trip, teachers prepare their students and integrate the field experiences into their curriculum. Programs include Wetland Ecology, Watersheds and Water Quality (Grades 4 and older), Meadow Magic: plants, insects, birds, Life of the Forest, Invertebrates, Vertebrates: Birds, Mammals, Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians, and Plants: Trees, seeds, and flowers. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Location: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
  • Level(s): Elementary School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Wetland Ecology by Canoe

On the water--this is one of the best ways to learn about and discover the wonders of wetlands. The Patuxent River is a relatively slow-moving river and is great for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Guided by a naturalist or trained volunteer, paddlers explore channels flowing through the wetlands to see these unique ecosystems up close. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Location: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Estuarine Ecology (Grades 6-12)

This is a canoe based program. Students will test water quality using up-to-date equipment and technology, delineate wetlands, monitor Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), characterize vegetative communities in the marsh, and observe wetland animals in the context of watershed issue investigation. 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): Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Wetland Plant and Animal Adaptations

Discover the unique and often amazing adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive in wetland habitats through hands on activities and interaction with live animals and study mounts. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
  • Location: 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, MD 21009
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Watersheds and Water Pollution Program

Students build a model watershed and learn how human behavior affects life in the watershed by following the journey of "Fred the Fish" as he attempts to survive in a polluted city river. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): The Schuylkill Center
  • Location: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia , PA 19128
  • Theme(s): Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Wetlands and Water Quality Program

Students learn how these special ecosystems act as sponges, purifiers, buffers and nurseries. Your students will then construct a model to learn how our drinking water is cleaned at a water treatment plant. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): The Schuylkill Center
  • Location: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia , PA 19128
  • 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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Discovery Walk Field Study

This is the most popular program at Wildwood. Join staff for a guided walk on the trails where you will explore nature up close. Learn the importance of wetlands and forests and the creatures that make them home as you walk the boardwalks and trails. They combine age appropriate activities and games to discover nature's wonders. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Wildwood Lake Sanctuary
  • Location: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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