Field Experiences for Secondary School Students

Join us for half-day programs featuring treks to a variety of habitats, data collection, and hands on investigations.  All programs are aligned with HCPSS science curriculum, Environmental Literacy Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and encourage children to become engaged, to explore, and to explain what they observe. The field experiences also serve as an extension of concepts presented in the classroom. Pre and post activities are provided to make the field experience truly meaningful!

Ninth and Tenth Grade Biology  

Watershed Report Card

Ninth and tenth grade biology students participate in a year-long assessment of Howard County watersheds through stream surveys, schoolyard assessments, data analysis and advocating for change at our spring Watershed Summit. Click  HERE to learn more about this award winning NOAA supported program.

  • LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamic, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans
  • ESS2 Earth’s Systems
  • ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 1: Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 4: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 5: Humans and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 7: Environment and Society

Seventh Grade  

On the Way to the Bay (Spring)

Students will explore the Davis Branch Stream to analyze chemical and biological factors with the help of Maryland DNR Companion Guides. They will have an oppor­tunity to compare their stream data to other Maryland Streams. Students will wrap up their experience with Chesapeake Bay geocaching to enhance their knowledge of local habitats.

  • LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamic, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans
  • ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 1: Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 4: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems

Seventh Grade Program (Spring; select dates only)

Belmont BioBlitz

Students work with scientists in the field using technology to document the species found in the meadows and forests of the park.  During the trip, students obtain, evaluate and communicate information about the interdependent relationships in ecosystems by investigating the plants and animals found in a given habitat.  The information gathered on iNaturalist may be used in the classroom to support investigations into citizen science, ecosystems and energy transfer.

  • LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 3: Flow of Matter and Energy
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 4: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 7: Environment and Society

Visit our Project on iNaturalist

Visit our Belmont BioBlitz page for more information, availability and to see the BioBlitz in the news

Sixth Grade Program (Spring)

Great Belmont Adventure

A unique opportunity to blend the science of stormwater with the history of the land. Students will enjoy living history of the Belmont Estate, data collection in the family cemetery as well as an opportunity to engineer solutions to help slow the flow of water in Maryland streams. Click here for more information.

  • ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
  • ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth Systems
  • ETS Engineering Design
  • ETS1 Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
  • ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 1: Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 4: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 5: Humans and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Literacy Standard 7: Environment & Society