Field Studies: History and Culture

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: 16

A Maritime Nation Program

The United States has always been a maritime nation. This 90-minute, hands-on program explores the ongoing relationship between our citizens and our waterways. Students explore historic maritime trades and cultures, the life of sailors, and traditional methods of working the water. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): The Watermen's Museum
  • Location: 309 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): 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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Discovering Archaeology Program

Experience how archaeology helps unravel the mysteries of the past in this interactive learning program. Students will visit a mock archeological site to discover artifacts and our recreated Indian Village to learn what they can tell us about Maryland's early inhabitants. 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
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Tidewater Lifeways Program

European colonists and American Indians lived side by side in 17th century Maryland. Explore how each culture used the natural resources of the rich woodland environment as you grind corn with a mortar and pestle, make a clay pot and try to strike a spark the 17th century way. 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
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Echoes of 1608 Classroom Program

This program introduces students to the world of 17th century Chesapeake Bay seen through the eyes of John Smith and the Native American tribes he encounter. Hands-on activities will bring the past to live connecting students with historic images and artifacts. Learn about the culture, history and natural environment of 1608! Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Sultana Projects
  • Location: 107 South Cross Street , Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Tea and Taxes Classroom Program

Sultana educators bring this hands-on maritime history program, Tea and Taxes, to your classroom. In this hour long lesson, students learn about 18th century navigation and the enforcement of "Tea Taxes". Students will learn how to measure the depth of the water and to determine the speed of a the boat. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Sultana Projects
  • Location: 107 South Cross Street , Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Colonial Walking Tours

Go on the Sultana Projects' walking tours to discover the colonial history of one of Maryland's best preserved 18th century ports. On this hour long tour, students will hear stories of colonial Chestertown's culture, customs and architecture. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Sultana Projects
  • Location: 107 South Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Shipyard Programs

Sultana Projects' Shipyard Programs offer hands-on, interactive tours of the Sultana shipyard to students of all ages. During these hour-long sessions, students learn about traditional boatbuilding techniques using Sultana as a case study for 18th century naval architecture. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Sultana Projects
  • Location: 107 South Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Native Americans in Maryland

Investigate the world of the Woodland Indians. Who were they? What did they eat? How did they live? Emphasis will be direct hands-on participation. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Oregon Ridge Nature Center
  • Location: 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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