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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Pennsylvania German Garden Program

Students are introduced to the four-square garden and its importance in the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans of the 1800s. They also learn the significance of the four-square garden design. Hands-on activities involve students in seasonal garden tasks (planting, watering, sorting, harvesting). Concepts in historic preservation, farmstead culture, folklore, plant biology, natural history, ecology, and environmental awareness are included. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
  • Location: 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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From Field to Table Program

The program uses hands-on activities to demonstrate basic methods of food preservation such as drying, pickling, candying, and cellaring. Within the context of food preservation, students learn about aspects of basic physical science, such as compounds, mixtures, acids, and bases. The concept of self-sufficiency is explained as students compare and contrast the technology of the early 1800s with that of today. Students gain awareness of their reliance on modern agricultural industry and practices to provide for nutritional needs, and learn of its economic importance in the region. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
  • Location: 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
  • Theme(s): History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Two Day Geology Tour Through Frederick Maryland

This two day field study correlates with the fifth grade geology unit. The Outdoor School's staff lead students on a two day geological tour throughout Frederick County. Students visit a local limestone quarry, Sugarloaf Mountain and collect twelve difference rock and mineral specimens. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Frederick County Outdoor School
  • Location: 7630 Hayward Road, Frederick, MD 21702
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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Von Gras zu Milch (From Grass to Milk) Program

Students will learn how settlers made and used butter and other dairy goods to supply an important part of their diet. Through storytelling and first person interpretation, students meet Nancy Royer, a young woman who lived on this farm in the early 1800s. Nancy helps students step back in time as she questions their strange clothes and travel methods. Students visit the Royer milkhouse, churn cream into butter, and make samples to take home. Instructors dressed in period clothing help students compare and contrast life in the 1800s with modern life today. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
  • Location: 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Echo Hill History and Human Environment Day Programs

History and Human Environment programs at Echo Hill allow students to These classes allow students to learn about learn about the culture and unique history of the region. Activities might include digging for artifacts at a Native American site or exploring local historic towns. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Location: 13655 Bloomingneck Rd, Worton, MD 21678
  • Theme(s): History and Culture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Chesapeake Heritage Initiative Program

Chesapeake Heritage Initiative blends the science and the history of the Bay. Aboard historic Chesapeake Bay work boats on the Chester River, students learn in the heart of Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore, where time and tradition have all but stood still. Students will eat, sleep, and live on board Echo Hill Outdoor School's two historic bay craft, the buy-boat Annie D. (1957) and the skipjack Elsworth (1901). Activities include fishing, setting sails, navigating with map and compass, interviewing people on the River, and learning about regional lifestyles and folklore. Plan Field Trip

  • Organization(s): Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Location: 13655 Bloomingneck Rd, Worton, MD 21678
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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