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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Lifesavers of the Chesapeake Bay

Students launch on a journey to four high-activity learning stations. Earning a large wooden lifesaver at each station, students gain important information about the geography, biology, and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. They discover its relationship to themselves as watershed residents and ways they can help to preserve and protect the estuary and our local waterways. In the process, students see that the water quality in our local stream, the Antietam Creek, is directly related to the health of all water bodies downstream, including the Bay. Point and non-point sources of pollution are discussed.

  • 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): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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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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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.

  • 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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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.

  • 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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Estuary Ecology Program (Grades 2-5)

Learn about estuaries and watersheds through activities including water quality testing (dissolved oxygen and turbidity, primarily), a shoreline walk, fish seining, and watershed lessons.

  • 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): Elementary School, Middle School
  • Program Length(s): Day Trips
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Physical Science Programs

Learn about the season, geology, weather cycle and soil.

  • Organization(s): Carbon County Environmental Education Center
  • Location: 151 East White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, PA 18250
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
  • Level(s): High School, Early Learning
  • 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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Water Quality Testing Program

Students model the work of scientists as they use a combination of chemical and biological tests to determine the water quality of a local waterway.

  • Organization(s): The Schuylkill Center
  • Location: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia , PA 19128
  • Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
  • Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High 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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