Field Studies: Land Use and Agriculture

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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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.

  • 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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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.

  • 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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School Programs

Program areas include natural resources, nature study, ecological concepts, and environmental quality. The center has a trail system consisting of six miles of labeled trails for your students to explore.

  • Organization(s): Rogers Environmental Education Center
  • Location: 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Washington Youth Garden Program

Go to the National Arboretum in Washington, DC to learn the science, art and pleasure of growing food. Whether it’s holding a worm or tasting vegetables, the program is an unforgettable experience. The curriculum is designed for grades 3-5, but can accommodate other ages.

  • Organization(s): National Arboretum
  • Location: 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington , DC 20002
  • Theme(s): Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): Elementary School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Watershed Explorers Program

Watershed Explorer innovative, hands-on environmental science program helps middle and high school students develop a closer connection with the natural world around them. Using the Anacostia River as living example and natural laboratory, WE learning modules highlight the many connections between ecological and human communities. Students receive a wide variety of enriching experiences by engaging in multiple classroom sessions, an outdoor field study on the Anacostia, and a practical environmental restoration service project.

  • Organization(s): Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Location: 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration, Land Use and Agriculture
  • Level(s): High School
  • Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
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Watershed Mapping Walk Program

Students learn about non-point source pollution and then take a walk in the neighborhood of their school to look for examples of pollution. Returning to the classroom, students will discuss what they found and brainstorm ways to improve water quality through changing human behavior.

  • Organization(s): The Schuylkill Center
  • Location: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia , PA 19128
  • 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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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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