Field Studies: Pollution and Pressures

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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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. Launch Resource

  • 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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Explore the Education Center

Blackbird State Forest is a free site for outdoor recreation - open all year long with trails. The Education Center, features interactive displays and outdoor trails on Delaware's forests. Launch Resource

  • Organization(s): Blackbird State Forest Education Center
  • Location: 502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna, DE 19977
  • 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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MD-DC-VA Audubon School Programs

At the Audubon Naturalist Society we offer a wide variety of educational programs that foster an appreciation, understanding and stewardship of the natural environment. Our programs are open to public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and scouts in preschool through Grade 5. For programs with middle and high school students, please contact us to learn how we can tailor a program for your students. We can accommodate children with varied needs and are happy to work with teachers to meet their academic goals. We give teachers the convenient choice of taking a field trip to one of our beautiful nature sanctuaries in Chevy Chase, Maryland or Leesburg, Virginia OR having a naturalist come to your school with our Naturalist in Your Classroom program. We provide multilevel programs that meet state standards as well as developmental milestones in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Launch Resource

  • Organization(s): Audubon Naturalist Society
  • Location: 802 Children's Center Road, Leesburg, VA 20175
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Early Learning
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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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." Launch Resource

  • 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. Launch Resource

  • 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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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. Launch Resource

  • 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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Rice Rangers

The Rice Rangers program equips teachers with training, lessons, and materials necessary to empower students to grow native wetland plants from seed in the classroom and transplant into tidal marshes. It also provides students with a service learning opportunity to increase filtering capacity and habitat in the rivers that flow into the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay. During the course of the project, students will investigate the Anacostia Watershed's built and natural environments, and analyze the effects of human activities that alter the equilibrium of natural processes. Specifically, participants will learn that stormwater runoff from the built environment contributes to a variety of pollution issues, which pose serious challenges to a watershed system. The students actively learn to restore equilibrium of natural processes through wetland restoration. Launch Resource

  • Organization(s): Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Location: 2000 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC 21046
  • Theme(s): Pollution and Pressures, Restoration
  • 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. Launch Resource

  • 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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Interpretive Programs

The park offers 18 miles of hiking trails, the remains of sawmill and grist mill are still present and the spectacular view of the Great Falls. Launch Resource

  • Organization(s): Valley Falls State Park
  • Location: Rt. 6 , Fairmont, WV 26273
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Early Learning
  • 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. Launch Resource

  • 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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