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!

APES/AP Bio Climate Change Challenge

During a half day session, students will measure carbon sequestration in the forests of Mt. Pleasant. They will learn how CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere and be used or stored in an effort to slow down climate change. During the second session students will compete in a Climate Change Survivor Geocaching search while exploring the Mt. Pleasant property.

Cost- The cost is $7 per student. There are no fees for chaperones and teachers. If your group is under 35 students, please contact Ann directly for pricing. 

Ninth Grade Earth Science and Biology  

Watershed Report Card

Ninth grade earth science and 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

Cost- The cost is $7 per student. There are no fees for chaperones and teachers. If your group is under 35 students, please contact Ann directly for pricing.

Seventh Grade  

On the Way to the Bay (Spring)

Students will explore the Davis Branch Stream to evaluate its health based on chemical and biological factors. Students will gather and identify benthic macroinvertebrates as stream indicators using 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

Cost- The cost is $7 per student. There are no fees for chaperones and teachers. If your group is under 35 students, please contact Ann directly for pricing. 

 

Seventh Grade 

Biodiversity University (Spring)

 Students work in the field conducting Citizen Science research using iNaturalist to photograph and document plants, fungi, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals found in the meadows and forests of Belmont. Students will leap into Maryland Frogs and learn about issues that they face. Students will meet some of our resident animals like Belle the Screech Owl. Last, students will test their knowledge of local natural history in a game of chance. Teachers may extend their stay by leading their students on a research hike or borrowing tools to compare organisms in difference habitats. *Free teaching posters available while supplies last

  • 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

Cost- The cost is $7 per student. There are no fees for chaperones and teachers. If your group is under 35 students, please contact Ann directly for pricing. 

Visit our Project on iNaturalist

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

 

Sixth Grade 

Weather Conference (late fall only)

This experiential conference allows 6th grade students to collect resources and information from experts in the fields of climate change, energy management, weather forecasting and most importantly, preparedness. 

Community partners include WBAL TV, REI, NOAA, Office of Public Works and Emergency Management, Bartlett Trees, and the National Weather Service. The conference is set for December 4th, please contact Ann to register your school. 

 

Service Learning Opportunities (early fall and spring dates available)

Students have the opportunity to work on the land. The various jobs depend on the season. Jobs may include mulching, invasive plant and/or vine removal.. There is no cost for service learning field experiences.

 

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