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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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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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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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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Day Trips to Fairview

Programs focus on animal studies, astronomy, campfire, canoeing, challenge course, fishing, geology, hiking, orienteering, weather study, stream study and adventure activities.

Organization(s): Fairview Outdoor Education Center Facilities
Location: 12808 Draper Road Clear Spring, MD 21722 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, habitat and niche, orienteering, predator prey relationships, stream study, water testing, wildlife
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School Year Programs at Clearwater

Located within Cosca Regional Park, Clearwater Nature Center offers a variety of interpretive programs hosted by park naturalists. Environmental education is strongly supported at this facility through interesting exhibits, displays, programs, special events, clubs, trips, and volunteer opportunities. The nature center features a small indoor pond, live animal exhibits, a lapidary laboratory, and seasonal herb and butterfly gardens.

Organization(s): Clearwater Nature Center
Location: 11000 Thrift Road Clinton, MD 20736 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, wildlife
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Oystering Tour

In this hands-on program, students explore the history of the ‘greatest oyster factory on Earth’, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Students will get to learn about an historical Bay where oysters lay ‘thick as stones’ through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an ‘oyster gold rush’ in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, culture and watermen, restoration
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Ecology Cruise

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the diverse animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities onboard the Mister Jim, our replica buy boat. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, dredging for oysters, and finishing by examining the animals and organisms that call an oyster reef home.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, wildlife, fish
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Chesapeake Bay Bounty Tour

In this hands-on program discover what it means to follow the water to the many people who work the Bay year-round harvesting crabs, oysters, eels, and fish. At Waterman's Wharf, step inside a waterman's shanty and follow his seasonal rounds. Try hand-tonging for oysters, baiting eel pots, and setting a crab pot. Board an oyster dredgeboat and lend a hand raising sail.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, oyster, blue crab
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Chesapeake Bay Discovery Tour

Explore the rich heritage of the people who have made the shores of the Chesapeake Bay their home. Learn how this estuary has attracted a diverse population, shaping the lives of early Native Americans to current residents and find out why the Chesapeake Bay plays an important role in our nation's story. On this tour walk through a lighthouse that's over 125 years old, pick up a working decoy, encounter hunting skiffs, stand on a recreated tobacco wharf and much more.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American
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Chesapeake's Best Crab Cakes: A Study in Geography, Social Studies, and Economics

This program is a school and museum-based program for third-grade students and teachers. The "Crab Cakes" program focuses on the relationship between the natural environment and the way people live and work on the Bay. Featuring the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and its journey from the water to our dinner plates, the program teaches about the watermen who catch the crabs, the seafood pickers and packinghouse operators who process the crabs, and the cooks who prepare crab dishes in local restaurants.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Multi-Day Trips
Keywords: blue crab, culture and watermen
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Stanley Norman Skipjack Program in St. Michaels

The Stanley Norman, one of the last of the Chesapeake's famous fleet of skipjacks, provides an authentic setting to study the Bay's resources. Originally built in 1902, the Stanley Norman is an unforgettable venue for participants to dredge for oysters, test water quality, and imagine what it was like to work on a 65 wooden sailing vessel. CBF instructors utilize activities to deepen participants’ understanding of local ecosystems and give relevance and depth to the classroom curriculum. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote higher order thinking skills by learning through active experience.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Location: 213 North Talbot St. St. Michaels, MD 21663 (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: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, land use, oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing
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Guided Kayak Tour

By kayak, participants will discover the many habitats that are found at CBEC, as well as examine the restoration efforts currently taking place on the property. In the event of a small craft advisory, students will participate in ECO-STEM programs instead.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks
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Rotten Log Scavenger Hunt

Discover the importance of invertebrates in our pine forest ecosystem by participating in a scavenger hunt. Students will observe the role played by invertebrates in breaking down rotten logs and returning nutrients to the soil.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: habitat and niche, wildlife
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Geocaching

Students will learn about applications of GPS technology and how to use Garmin eTrex GPS units. Participants will then use their GPS skills to search for several established “cache” sites around Lake Knapp. During the 1-mile hike, students will explore and learn about several ecosystems on CBEC property.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: geocaching (GIS/GPS)
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Build-a-Buoy

Participants learn about bay health and research through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. This program incorporates learning the importance of team building, communication and problem solving skills while utilizing and understanding the importance of technology in bay restoration efforts. Teams of students design and construct a buoy monitor, calculate expenses, and compete against other teams to create the most effective buoy.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Restoration
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: restoration, water quality, water testing
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Catch a Bay Critter

After hiking down a scenic nature trail, participants will use seining and dip nets, while wading in the bay and tidal pools (depending on tide, students may be walking through water up to their knees). They will catch and identify many different species of animal life to determine the health of the Chesapeake Bay and learn the importance of this spectacular estuary and the surrounding wetland ecosystem!

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: habitat and niche, wildlife
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Birds of Prey Program

During this program, participants will meet several different species of raptors, and discover the special adaptations of these birds of prey. Through up-close observations and discussions, the participants will learn about the unique visual and auditory adaptations, as well as other features that put these hunters at the pinnacle of the food chain. Special attention will be given to the importance of raptors to an ecosystem, especially the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Finally, participants will conduct a pellet dissection and use identification materials to determine the diet of an owl.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: adaptation, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, wildlife
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The Remarkable Oyster Program

Discover the amazing filtering ability of this important mollusk and its effects on Chesapeake Bay water quality. Participants will learn about the life cycle of an oyster and the process of restoring the oyster population that many restoration organizations are currently engaged in. Participants will also explore the importance of oyster reefs so vital to the Bay’s biodiversity by learning different reef structures and configurations and the success of these artificial habitats.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Restoration
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, biodiversity, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, restoration
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Creepy Crawler Program

Get up close and personal with some creepy, crawling insects!

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Location: 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, Restoration
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: wildlife
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School Plantings

A school tree planting is a great way to engage young people in their local environment and achieve scholastic goals. We can help you introduce students to the field of urban forestry and add much-needed trees to schoolyards. Successful applicants work with our Education Coordinator to help select tree species and planting location on the school campus and to develop a maintenance schedule. We provide support leading up to and on the day of the planting and all the required tools and trees. Any public, private or charter school in D.C. can apply. Leading up to the event, schools have the option of participating in a Casey Trees-led Tree Rally. Tree Rallies introduce students to the species of trees they will be planting, shows them how to properly handle and plant the trees and promotes discussion on the value of trees. During the event, students serve as the primary planters giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project. The school receiving the trees commits to watering them for a minimum of two years following their planting.

Organization(s): Casey Trees
Location: 1123 11th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: forest, student action
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