K-12 School Visits
K-12 teachers are invited to bring their classes to us for field trips. For these visits, we offer a curriculum of programs, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of the natural world, like amphibians or water systems, and each of which targets particular grade-specific SOLs.
The focus and mission of our school programs change as the students age.
We spend part of every program on a guided hike, exploring and observing different parts of the field station. We complement the hike with games and activities that teach concepts relevant to that program’s theme.
We have multiple programs available for each grade level, so your class can visit us multiple times a year without repeating material. Students are also able to visit us year after year as they progress from one grade to the next.
In elementary school, we want to teach the students the basics of ecology and evolution, while encouraging them to engage in critical thinking, to recognize patterns in nature, to formulate questions, and to describe their observations to us and their peers.
As students move up to middle school, we start to teach them about the tools and techniques scientists use to study biology, hydrology, geology, and other sciences.
In high school, we guide the students toward conducting independent studies on the aspects of the field station that interest them the most.