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Growing Up Green: Exploring the Life Cycles of Plants and Animals

In this exciting outdoor environmental education program, kindergarteners compare and contrast the life cycles of four plants and animals through hands-on investigation. Activities include using dip nets and buckets in the Arboretum’s wetland to see what frogs look like at each stage of the life cycle, searching for caterpillars and eggs in the butterfly garden, and exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands in a tree life cycle scavenger hunt. The program is aligned with MSDE standards LS4a–d, LS6a–b, and EN15a–b.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Nature Puzzlers: Putting Together the Pieces to Make a Whole

First graders will investigate how the parts of a tree work together in a “build a tree” activity, use magnifying glasses to examine and categorize leaves, and investigate the impact of sunlight and the water cycle on plant growth and development. A leaf hunt through the Arboretum’s woodland is sure to delight! The program is aligned with MSDE standards LS4a, LS5c, ES1a, and ES2a.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road MD, Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: photosynthesis, forest
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What’s in the Water? An Investigation of Minute Life in the Wetland

Third graders will collect and examine macroinvertebrates in the Arboretum’s wetland to determine water quality. Students will use hand lenses and microscopes to assist their discoveries, sketch wetland organisms, and explore the flow of matter and energy within the wetland food chain. The program is aligned with MSDE standards ES2a–b, LS3a–d, and LS5c–d.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, water quality, water testing
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Untangling the Web of Life

Students will use hand lenses to classify leaves by their observable features and use their skills of observation on a leaf scavenger hunt. A game of Habitat Hoochikoo will emphasize how changes in an organism’s habitat can be beneficial or harmful. Students will also have the opportunity to act out the water cycle through dramatic interpretation and explore interrelationships within food chains by creating an interactive web of life. The program is aligned with standards LS10a–b, and LS7a–d, and ES5a–d.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: water cycle and movement, food web
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Wetland Discovery

Students will explore animal and plant adaptations through wetland investigations. Stations will focus on how wetland plants are adapted to their watery environment, beaver bioengineering, microscopic wetland organisms, pollution, and the wetland web of life. Students will use scientific equipment, create nature sketches, participate in ecological games, and build beaver dams. The program is aligned with standards LS4aa–e, LS6, and LS8a–c.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: wetland, adaptation
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Woodland Explorers: Energy Flow in the Forest

Students will journey along the forest food chain, from primary producer to decomposer. In a dramatic “Be the Tree” activity, students will learn how plants harness solar energy to make food. They’ll study the process of decomposition in a fallen tree investigation; act out the balance between herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in an ecological game; and gain an appreciation for the fragility of the chain by building a model web of life . The program is aligned with standards LS1b and e, LS2b–f, and LS3a–d.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: photosynthesis, food web, forest
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Science is for the Birds!

Students will investigate how bird beaks have adapted for survival in different environments. They’ll compare the life cycle of birds with that of other living organisms, including the plants that birds eat. This will lead to a seed dissection activity. Students will also look for birds in the Arboretum’s meadow, wetland, and forest habitats and find examples of how birds meet their survival needs. The program is aligned with MSDE standards LS5a–b, LS3a–d, LS4a–c.

Organization(s): Adkins Arboretum
Location: 12610 Eveland Road Ridgely, MD 21660 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: food web, predator prey relationships, wildlife
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