Field Studies

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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Basic Observation Buoys (BOBs)

Basic Observation Buoys—BOBs—can be built and deployed by teachers and students to enhance outdoor experiences that build upon the NOAA Chesapeake Exploration curriculum or other data-driven meaningful watershed educational experiences. The BOB is a small buoy that measures about 60 cm on a side and is built with basic PVC parts. The buoys are outfitted with sensors that can include air and water temperature, conductivity, salinity, pH, current speed, water depth, and dissolved oxygen.

Organization(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: 904 S. Morris Street Oxford, MD 21654 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, weather, experiments and investigations, water quality, water testing, salinity
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Aquabotz

Students from the fifth grade and up can build operational underwater robots. NOAA has designed a program that challenges students to design, build, and launch remotely operated vehicles—"ROVs"—using PVC pipe, pump motors, speaker wires, and simple switches. The program teaches the basic principles of design while expanding students' ability to observe their ecosystem. Cameras and lights can be added to create working observation systems, expanding the learning opportunities to introduce students to elements of habitat characterization.

Organization(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: 904 S. Morris Street Oxford, MD 21654 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: weather, experiments and investigations, water quality, water testing
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Horn Point Environmental Education Program

The Horn Point Environmental Education (EE) Program provides hands-on age appropriate educational activities that focus on science and the ecology of the local environment. Primarily targeting pre-K – 5th grade student

Organization(s): Horn Point Laboratory
Location: 2020 Horn Point Road Cambridge, MD 21613 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, photosynthesis, wetland, food web, adaptation, weather, watershed, ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife, fish
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Fox Island Study Center Residential Program

Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, the center is surrounded by the waters of Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds in Virginia. Fox Island's location, history, and simplicity make it truly magical. CBF field staff will work with you during the pre-trip call to tailor your experience so that it complements your classroom content. The following are examples of sample topics: History and folklore, salt marsh exploration, underwater grasses, crabbing, fishing, and oystering and Weather watch. The center has Clivus Multrum composting toilets that use no water or chemicals. Solar panels provide electricity for a handful of lights, a refrigerator, and the “gray water” system. Visitors should bring a flashlight. The lodge has a natural heating and cooling system. It uses a wood stove for warmth in common areas in the cooler months, and lots of windows for cool breezes in warmer weather. A 70-ft. well provides water for washing hands and dishes, but students will NOT be showering while at Fox.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Location: Fox Island Fox Island, VA 0 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, wetland, land use, weather, watershed, oyster, blue crab, green development, restoration, stream study, water quality, water testing
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Erosion Exposes the Bay Program

Search for and excavate the fossil and sediment layers along the Pickering Creek shoreline. Learn how these exposed layers help people understand the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

Organization(s): Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Location: 11450 Audubon Lane Easton, MD 21601 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: weather, erosion, sediment, soil and rocks
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Environmental Education Programs

Pemberton Historical Park can provide Educational programs on a variety of environmental topics. Programs are correlated with Maryland Voluntary Standards and provide opportunities for school groups to learn about the natural world around them. In addition to Environmental Education Programs, teachers can schedule historical programs provided by the Pemberton Hall Foundation.

Organization(s): Pemberton Park
Location: Pemberton Drive Salisbury, MD 21801 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, weather, forest, habitat and niche, water quality, wildlife
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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 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, water cycle and movement, weather, sediment, soil and rocks
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Preserved Past, Endangered Present Program

Through this fourth grade program, students take a closer look at the grassland and forest habitats. Students will observe how natural processes, such as weather and erosion and human activities, such as farming and development, have shaped the landscape. They will also become archaeologists and learn how to excavate fossils.

Organization(s): Howard County Conservancy
Location: 10520 Old Frederick Road Woodstock, MD 21163 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: weather, agriculture, erosion, forest
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Explore Sideling Hill

Visitors to the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center have a unique opportunity to stop and view one of the best rock exposures in the northeastern United States. The four story exhibit center features interpretive displays, an orientation program, and tourism information.

Organization(s): Sideling Hill Exhibit Center
Location: Interstate 68 Hancock, MD 21750 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: weather, erosion, sediment, soil and rocks
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Weather Wise Program

A third grade program that teaches students how to predict the weather based on different cloud formations, conduct weather experiments to increase their understanding of how weather elements form and discover how weather affects the environment.

Organization(s): Howard County Conservancy
Location: 10520 Old Frederick Road Woodstock, MD 21163 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, weather, watershed, erosion, sediment, soil and rocks
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What's with Water Program

A comprehensive introduction to water as a natural resource and a thorough exploration of the water cycle.

Organization(s): The Schuylkill Center
Location: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road Philadelphia , PA 19128 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: water cycle and movement, weather, watershed
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William Schmidt Overnight Environmental Education Program

The Schmidt Center offers and overnight program where students study stream ecology, orienteering, woodland ecology, weather, confidence course, wagon rides, night hike, astronomy and campfire with skits, songs, and marshmallow toasting.

Organization(s): William Schmidt Environmental Center
Location: 18501 Aquasco Road Brandywine, MD 20613 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, weather, watershed, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife
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