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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Advanced Biome Investigations

High school and college groups may use the Arboretum’s natural resources for real-world application of lessons and techniques learned and practiced in the classroom. In these teacher-led field experiences, students may: Conduct and analyze an ecological survey, Study an Arboretum habitat, Sample populations of aquatic invertebrates, water quality, and plant communities, Observe and document species interactions, Collect, organize, interpret, calculate, and communicate data

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD (Map It)
Theme(s): Restoration
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: experiments and investigations, water testing
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Wetlands on Wheels

The Wetland on Wheels is a 38' mobile classroom that visits elementary schools and events in the Delmarva area. Highly qualified wetland educators travel with the mobile classroom to events and schools. During school visits educators teach wetland lessons to children in grades K -5

Organization(s): Environmental Concern
Location: 201 Boundary Lane St Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, wetland, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, wildlife, fish
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Stream Ecology & Stream Watch

Learn about Delaware Stream Watch while studying the variables that indicate the health of a body of water. Collect macro-invertebrates and perform physical and chemical water quality testing, such as pH and dissolved oxygen. Examine water samples under a microscope, looking for the minute plants and animals that are the basis of the stream food chain. Emphasis is placed on the possible harmful effects of human activity in the watershed. This program qualifies your class to adopt a stream.

Organization(s): Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Location: 15411 Abbott's Pond Road Milford, DE 19963 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, land use, food web, watershed, development, stormwater, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing
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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.

Organization(s): Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve at VIMS
Location: Gloucester Rd Gloucester Point, VA 23062 (Map It)
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
Keywords: pollution, land use, watershed, blue crab, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, restoration, water quality, wildlife, fish
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Emerging Scientist Project

The Emerging Scientist Project (ESP) connects high school classrooms with local NOAA resources to expose students to oceanic and atmospheric research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The program encourages students to pursue scientific careers and challenges them to seek local solutions to problems facing the Bay. ESP has been used by biology, environmental science, and other science teachers to assist in teaching standards and concepts while actively engaging their students in local environmental issues.This flexible program is designed to be carried out over the course of one semester during normally scheduled classes.

Organization(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: 410 Severn Ave Annapolis, MD 21403 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, pollution, point source, non-point source, wetland, land use, watershed, agriculture, blue crab, development, aquatic grass SAV, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, forest, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife, salinity, fish, dissolved oxygen, student action
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Build-a-Buoy (BABs)

Students as young as kindergarteners can learn basic principles of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as marine navigation and observation, through Build-a-Buoy projects, where budding Bay stewards design and build the basic structure of a buoy using PVC pipe. The buoys must float in shallow water and incorporate a platform to hold golf balls or other similar objects. The students build the buoy, float it, and add golf balls until it tips over. Through this part of the exercise, the students learn concepts of buoyancy, symmetry, and balance.

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): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: experiments and investigations
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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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BVW School Programs

Geared to address specific environmental concepts in outdoor classrooms through hands-on experiential learning and are focused around the farm, forest, field, pond and stream habitats located nearby.

Organization(s): Brandywine Valley Association
Location: 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road West Chester, PA 19382 (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): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, water cycle and movement, wetland, land use, watershed, agriculture, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, forest, habitat and niche, identification, predator prey relationships, sediment, soil and rocks, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife
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River Eco Canoe Adventure

This seven-mile canoe trip near beautiful, and historic Harpers Ferry WV will study the health of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, major tributaries on the watershed system for the Chesapeake Bay. Experiments will include: Macro-invertebrate study - The collection of bugs, such as may, cadis, and stone flies, at the bottom of the river food chain. Water tests - for phosphate and nitrogen levels. Riverside search for frogs, salamanders, and other river reptilian dwellers.

Organization(s): River & Trail Outfitters
Location: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD 21758 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, food web, watershed, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife, student action
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Changing Landscapes

People have changed and continue to change natural landscapes. Using a model, students will investigate the ways landscapes affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the role plants play in improving water quality.  

Organization(s): Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Location: 11450 Audubon Lane Easton, MD 21601 (Map It)
Theme(s): Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, land use, development, stormwater, experiments and investigations, water quality
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Genes are the Key to Bay Biodiversity Field Trip

With this field trip your students will explore local ecosystems and search for adaptations of the animals that live there. Students will learn why plants and animals have adaptations and the benefits these provide to the gene pool and biodiversity.

Organization(s): Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Location: 11450 Audubon Lane Easton, MD 21601 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: adaptation, biodiversity, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, wildlife
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Biodiversity Makes the Bay Better Field Trip

During this field trip students examine and appreciate the wide diversity of plant and animal life living in the Chesapeake Bay region. Using scientific tools and methods students will determine how much biodiversity is in the area.

Organization(s): Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Location: 11450 Audubon Lane Easton, MD 21601 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem and biomes, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, wildlife
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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 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, wetland, watershed, aquatic grass SAV, experiments and investigations, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing
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