Field Studies

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Introduction to Environmental Education

(7th grade – college) Maximum Group Size: 30 Cost: $3 per student Trip Length: 1.5 hours Seasons: Fall & Spring Learn how to make science come alive through an outdoor field trip. Discuss how to effectively use the resources of a nature center, how to prepare yourself and your students for a field trip, as well as experience an outdoor walk involving hands-on, environmental games and activities. Recommended for college majors in natural sciences, education, psychology, and other related areas.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: forest, student action
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Maple Sugaring

Maximum Group Size: 50 Cost: $3 per student Trip Length: 1 hour (age 4 – K) 1.5 hours (1st – college) Month: February only Sugar making has been an early spring activity for centuries. This program focuses on teaching students how to recognize maple trees, how sap moves within trees, and how the sap is collected and made into syrup and candy. This program complements many Baltimore County units such as Animals and Plants (K),Exploring Animals (2nd), and Origins(4th). Note: Program length varies with age (see above).

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, identification
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Introduction to Birds

Maximum Group Size: 50 Cost: $4 per student Trip Length: 2 hours, morning only Seasons: Fall & Spring An indoor presentation (featuring both live and stuffed birds, nests and feathers) will introduce the unique adaptations of birds in comparison with other vertebrates. During a walk along the Center’s trails, students will conduct a bird census and record observations of behaviors, flight patterns, field marks, and habitats.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: adaptation, habitat and niche, identification, wildlife
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Wild Animal Survey

Maximum Group Size: 50 Cost: $4 per student Trip Length: 2 hours Seasons: Fall & Spring Animal adaptations, survival and the challenges of habitat competition will be highlighted during an indoor presentation featuring both live and stuffed animals. Students will then walk through a variety of ecosystems, conduct a habitat assessment, and participate in activities that illustrate the cycles of energy and interactions of plants and animals. This program complements the Baltimore County 4th grade unit 4 Eco Scouts.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, adaptation, ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Seasonal Changes

Maximum Group Size: 50 Cost: $3 per student Trip Length: 1.5 hours Seasons: Fall & Spring Plants and animals adjust their growth and activities based on seasonal changes in light and temperature. This field trip encourages youngsters to explore (using all of their senses) the natural events characteristic of the current season. Fall topics include migration, seed dispersal, insects and how animals prepare for winter. Spring topics include bird nesting, flower pollination, seed germination and the emergence of new plant leaves. This program complements the Baltimore County 1st grade unit Eco-Explorers.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: adaptation, ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Introduction to Ecology

Basic ecological principles will be demonstrated through the use of participatory activities and habitat explorations. The program focuses on survival adaptations, the interactions between animals, plants and their environment, as well as symbiosis, succession and food chains.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, adaptation, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Exploring Animals

An indoor presentation will introduce animal classification and physical traits through the use of both live and stuffed animals. Students will then take to the trails to catch, observe and release a variety of mini-beasts (insects, salamanders, etc.) in different habitats.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, adaptation, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, wildlife
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Watersheds and You

Explore wetlands and look for biodiversity and interdependence of plants and animals in that particular habitat.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills , MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: wetland, watershed, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Decomposition Detectives

Students will learn how energy flows through the food web and how decomposers break down organic material.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, food web, wildlife
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Sensing Nature

Children will be encouraged to use all of their senses as they explore the woods, meadows and other habitats surrounding Irvine Nature Center.

Organization(s): Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: wetland, forest, habitat and niche, wildlife
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