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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Interested in bringing our environmental education curriculum to your home school group or private school? See below for our program themes. We specialize in grades K-5. Programs cost $10 / student. Please call if the cost if prohibitive and we'll work with you!
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Plan for your Field Trip
We are so excited to host you and your students for an immersive day of outdoor learning. All outdoor field trips include hiking, hands-on exploration, and an engineering design project.
FIELD TRIP THEMES
HIBERNATION WE COME TO YOU! During this 1 hour program, we read our very own book "A Winter's Tail" and put on a brief play with the students. Then, stuends rotate through 3 stations: a sensory box ID game, Over/Under hibernation game and the will meet our live Box Turtle, Bernate.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER WE COME TO YOU! During this 1 hour program, students learn all about the similarities and differences between ducks and chickens. They rotate through 4 hands-on stations learning about animal structures and adaptations. They participate in a feather experiment and play a call and response game. The program ends with a lesson on biomimicry.
INSECTS @ FAIR HILL - We will hike nearby the Nature Center, sweep for bugs in our meadow & go on a scavenger hunt, build a bug while we learn about insect anatomy, and play our pheromone game (identifying and matching scents, just like bugs do).
ECOSYSTEMS @ FAIR HILL - We will hike through our 4 ecosystems: meadow, forest, stream, & pond, dip net in the stream, play predator and prey, and build a shelter for an animal. We provide rain boots for the stream exploration.
SOILS @ FAIR HILL - We go on our longest hikes during this program. Students hike to sample our local soil, look for evidence of erosion, search for fossils, and use our soil table.
WATER QUALITY @ FAIR HILL - We dip net in the stream looking for indicators of water quality, engineer a plankton that must float slowly down the water column, look at pond water samples under our microscopes and go on a hike.
DAY OF YOUR VISIT
Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your field trip start. This will give us time to organize groups and go over safety instructions.
Please have name tags on the students prior to arriving at Fair Hill (masking tape is fine).
Buses are to park in the parking lot, where the educators will meet you. If it’s bad weather, buses may drop the students in front of the Nature Center and proceed to the parking lot. You may also drop off lunches or other heavy items before proceeding to the parking lot.
Please remind your students to dress for the weather. We will be outside! The Nature Center has some spare gloves and sweatshirts, if needed. During rain, we can supply ponchos and raincoats.
Students should bring lunch and a water bottle. PLEASE LABEL LUNCHES/ WATER BOTTLES with student names. We are happy to refill water bottles, but we do not have cups for every student. Items brought by the students MUST stay in the Nature Center as they have a tendency to be lost on hikes.
Bring a trash bag to carry trash from lunch back to your school dumpster (Maryland State Parks are trash-free and the Nature Center does not provide trash bags).
During lunch, students are permitted to play on our playscape if a teacher is with them. We ask that you do not send students inside without an adult.
THINGS TO KNOW
Nature Center educators carry two-way radios. In the case of an emergency, Nature Center staff will call 911 and/or the Ranger on duty.
Nature Center staff carry First-Aid kits, but in the presence of a CCPS teacher, the CCPS teacher will administer the first aid.
There are domesticated and wild animals in the park. Students and staff are encouraged to look but not touch, for everyone’s safety.
Nature Center staff are always “trail leaders” while hiking and teachers/chaperones are the “caboose”.
It is important that teachers/chaperones stay with their group, do not lag on the trail, or use their cellphones during the trip.
Bathroom and Buddy System: No adult should be one-on-one with a student. We use the Buddy System. If on the trail and a student needs to come back to the Nature Center to use the bathroom, an adult and two students must go together.
If you have any questions, please call 410-398-4909 between 9:00am – 4:00pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance of your trip.