Field Studies

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Discovering Wetlands

Upper elementary students define and explore the wetland communities of Renfrew Park. They learn the three major types of wetlands and examine the plants, animals, soils, energy flow and water chemistry of these special ecosystems. Hands-on activities involve soil sampling, water testing for pH, plant study, and macroinvertebrate investigation. Students use watershed models to see how wetlands act as sponges and filters.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife, fish
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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 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, point source, water cycle and movement, watershed, water and energy conservation, ecosystem and biomes, forest, habitat and niche, stream study, water quality, water testing, wildlife
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Henry Hooter's Park Ranger Training Program

Third grade students embark on an adventure which immerses them in the natural environment of the park. The students are invited to become park rangers in order to help Head Ranger, Henry Hooter. They get training books and follow instructions left by the elusive Henry who is always one step ahead of them. The ranger recruits pursue their training mission which includes a review of the nine parts of nature (from the Earth Encounters program). The training culminates when the students set up their own micro parks to discover nature's tiniest wonders.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Fall Walk Program

Students will take a nature walk in the Fall to learn about seasonal changes. They will learn how human, animal and plant prepare for the winter, how seeds are dispersed and the sights, sounds, smells and touches of Fall.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: adaptation, forest, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, wildlife
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Wonder Walk Program

Attend the Wonder Walk program at Renfrew's where your students will explore the natural world at using their senses and special tools provided by the instructor. Dance, storytelling, poetry and music are included. The instructor uses a finger puppet to add humor and interest.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: habitat and niche, wildlife
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EarthSeekers Program

This full-year curriculum program provides a comprehensive environmental learning experience for kindergarten children. Students visit Renfrew three times during the year (Fall, Winter and Spring) where they meet the zany puppet character, Mother Nature, and her marvelous Wonder Trunk. Through seasonal activities using the five senses, the students train to become certified EarthSeekers learning to find nature's wonders at Renfrew Park, in the school yard, and at home.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: habitat and niche
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Earth Encounters Program

Puppets and puzzles help students learn about the nine parts of nature: soil, water, air, sunlight, plants, animals, insects and other creepies, fungus, and me (humans). Basic concepts include energy flow (simplified photosynthesis), soil formation, water cycle, plant/animal air exchange, diversity, interrelationships, and importance of self.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: nitrogen and carbon cycle, pollution, water cycle and movement, photosynthesis, forest, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, sediment, soil and rocks, water quality, wildlife
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