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Field Trips and Outreach Programs

How to Plan a State Park Field Trip

Taking your students on a field trip is a great experience, but it takes a little time to research and plan the best trip for your class. For some students, this may be their first trip into the outdoors. Set your students up for success by visiting the park’s website and sharing the adventure with your class.

This information will help you with the registration process and pre-trip preparation needed to make your trip a success. If at any time during your field trip experience you have questions or requests, talk to the park interpreter. Interpreters want the best experience for your group and will do all they can to ensure your class’ success.

One way to get the most for your field trip dollar is to book multiple programs at parks that are near each other. The park interpreters are happy to work together to coordinate programs like these.

Contacting Delaware State Parks and Registering For Your Program

Setting up a field trip is a big job. We know your time is limited, so Delaware State Parks has made it as easy as possible for you to secure your date and prepare your students.

Once you have found programs that you are interested in, use the contact information at the top of the park page to reserve your classroom.


Choosing a Date

When choosing your dates, think about what time of year you would like to make your visit. Most teachers like to plan field trips in the spring, between mid-April and mid-June. The weather in the spring can make for a great field trip, but can sometimes conflict with testing. The fall can also be a popular time to book trips as the weather begins to change. Plan early to make sure you get the dates you want for your group.

Consider booking your field trip in the late fall, winter or early spring. If your program is not weather- or season- specific, you may have additional flexibility than in more popular months.

If you are planning to visit during the peak field trip months, you might find more flexibility scheduling afternoon start times for your programs. Most schools visit in the morning because bus schedules dictate their window of opportunity. If you have some flexibility in your day, or if you are registering for an overnight program at a park that offers them, an afternoon start time will ensure more available program dates.


Grant and Foundation Funding

Scholarships

Some of the Delaware State Parks offer scholarship money to cover student participation fees. Some even have money available to cover bus costs, often the largest per student cost for field trips. These funds are available through the park Friends groups. Check with the park that you are interested in visiting to learn more about who qualifies and how to apply.


Arrivals

Generally, it is best to plan for buses to arrive on-site 15 minutes before your scheduled program time. That will allow you and your students time to get off the bus and take care of any housekeeping issues that need to be addressed. The park interpreter will establish a meeting location and bus parking during the registration process.


Lunches

Lunch can be a great opportunity for students to take a break from learning — sometimes lunch can be as much of an event as the actual program! The park interpreter can identify picnic tables or areas available to your group to eat and play.


Trash-Free Parks

All Delaware State Parks have a carry-in, carry-out trash policy. If you choose not to reserve a pavilion, you will need to bring trash bags for your lunch trash so you can take it with you and dispose of it back at school. If you rent a pavilion, trash collection is provided as part of your rental fee.


Booking Multiple Programs/Parks




How to Prepare Your Students for a State Parks Field Trip

The best way to insure that your students will get the most out of your class field trip is to prepare everyone involved. If your students and their chaperones are well prepared, they are more comfortable with what can be a new experience. Here are some suggestions for how best to prepare for your special day.

Pre-Visit Activities

There are several ways to prepare your students for the content that they will be learning during their program. One way is to check out the park’s outreach programs to complement your field trip. Coupling an outreach and on-site program could get you discounted rates on both.


Park Manners

Stay with your group and listen to your leader.

Stay on pathways and trails.

Follow directions and ask questions.

Respect the rights of other living things in the park. All of our visitors, animals and plants are important to us. They deserve the right to enjoy the day just as you are.


Clothing Requirements

When your class visits a Delaware State Park, you will spend a large portion of the day outside. Students and chaperones should dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. They should wear flat, closed-toe shoes (like sneakers), regardless of the weather. If the weather report calls for rain or snow, everyone should come prepared for wet and muddy feet. If your program takes place on or near a body of water, your students might get muddy feet even on the sunniest day. Make sure your students and chaperones dress accordingly.




Working With Chaperones

Be very honest about your expectations for the field trip. Outline the day, your planned activities and any clothing requirements that you might have for your students and chaperones. Explain what their role in the field trip will be and what you expect of them. Explain your wishes regarding electronics and use of phones during the field trip.

Don’t forget grandparents and aunts and uncles. Sometimes close relatives are happy to spend the day with their young one when parents are unable to attend.


Hike on History - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 5

Hike the Trolley Trail, part of the Auburn Heights trail system, and discuss transportation and the Yorklyn-area industry. Students will learn how a mill race creates power, the different states of water and how a mill’s production can be affected by weather. We will also learn how people who worked at the mill traveled to nearby towns and compare that to students’ experiences.Space is limited to one class at a time (about 25 maximum).

Fee: $3 per student

Standards: This program meets for grades 3 through 5

What's in the Water? - Auburn Heights Preserve - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 4

Most rivers and streams look clear to the naked eye, but toxins can still hide in the water. This program explores the industrial past of the Red Clay Creek and the local paper mills that were here. Students will perform water testing for pH, lead, mercury, and more. We'll discover what kind of toxins were left when the paper mills went out of business, and learn how these toxins affect the waterways today and how to fix the problem.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: Grade 3

What's in the Water? - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 4

Most rivers and streams look clear to the naked eye, but toxins can still hide in the water. This program explores the industrial past of the Red Clay Creek and the local paper mills that were here. Students will perform water testing for pH, lead, mercury, and more. We'll discover what kind of toxins were left when the paper mills went out of business, and learn how these toxins affect the waterways today and how to fix the problem.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: Grade 3

Machinery Mansion Tour - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Tour the first floor of the Auburn Heights mansion. Learn about the mansion’s construction and its amenities which were very modern in 1897. We will emphasize the furnishings that include simple machines and how they work. Students will see a live steam demonstration, with a focus on how water and steam can create power and the phases of matter and how they relate to water and the operation of a mill. Space is limited to one class at a time (about 25 maximum).

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: This program meets for grades 3 through 5

Insect Detectives - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 6

Insects can tell us a lot about the health of an aquatic system. During this program, students explore the Red Clay Creek and examine the varieties of aquatic larvae present in the water. Using insect ID resources, they will track the health of the water as indicated by the species of insects found, and learn about the creek's industrial past, the role insects play in ecosystems, and how to help keep our water clean.

Fee: $ per student

Standards: Grade 5

Where Did the Oxygen Go? - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 8

Algae and fish can live in harmony. But when excess nutrients get added to a water system, the balance is lost. In this program, you get to explore the industrial past of the Red Clay creek and the old paper mills and what can cause algae blooms. You also get to learn what happens to an aquatic system when there is an algae bloom, what that means for the oxygen levels, and how you can fix it.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

Where Did the Oxygen Go? - Auburn Heights Preserve - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 6 to 8

Algae and fish can live in harmony. But when excess nutrients get added to a water system, the balance is lost. In this program, you get to explore the industrial past of the Red Clay creek and the old paper mills and what can cause algae blooms. You also get to learn what happens to an aquatic system when there is an algae bloom, what that means for the oxygen levels, and how you can fix it.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

Water Works - Auburn Heights Preserve - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 3

Students will learn about the properties of water and how water and steam can be harnessed to make machines operate. They will learn that materials exist as solids, liquids or gases. Demonstrations will show that heat energy makes things warmer and that heating the water may cause a change in its physical properties. Students will also learn that moving water has energy and how that energy can be transferred to other objects.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B, PS2.B, PS2.C,

Organisms Are Everywhere! - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 1

Students will observe the various life forms found at Bellevue State Park. Through an interactive discussion, they will discover what makes something “alive”, and what plants and animals need to survive. Students will also use dip nets to find and closely examine the organisms that live in Bellevue’s pond!

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS4.C

Wiggly Worms - Bellevue State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 2 to 2

Students will participate in hands-on activities to explore worms up close! We bring our “worm bin” to your classroom to discuss the lives of worms. Students will also discover how worms help us by creating soil!

Fee: $80 per per program

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, ESS3.A

Solids and Liquids - Bellevue State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 2 to 5

Students will discover their inner scientists as they explore the differences in the physical properties of solids and liquids. Experiments include what floats and what sinks, how solids and liquids mix, and the creation of some special solids and liquids right before your eyes!

Fee: $80 per per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B

Water Wonders - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 3

Students will become experts on Bellevue’s water systems! We’ll use hands-on techniques to collect data and compare the pond and stream environments at Bellevue. We’ll discuss organisms found in each environment, flow of water, erosion, sediment types and man-made impacts on the environments.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: PS1.A, LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS2.C

Soil Scientists - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 4

Students will make observations about the different soils found around the park. We’ll discuss where soil comes from, types of soils, how to describe soils and how it interacts with water. We will even take a look at the park’s compost pile and discuss how soil affects our everyday lives!

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: LS2.A, LS2.B, ESS3.A

Exploring Ecosystems - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 5

Students will take a firsthand look at the ecosystems within the park. They will compare, learn about and see ecosystems in action! They will learn about and identify the relationships among producers, consumers and decomposers.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: PS3.B, LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B,

Mixture Madness - Bellevue State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 5 to 5

Our scientists will “stir up” your students’ interest by creating some fascinating mixtures and solutions. We’ll also “break apart” everyday mixtures (like ink) for some surprising results!

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B

Trees Up Close - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to K

How are trees like us? Students will take a nature walk around the park to learn, observe, describe, and compare trees found throughout Bellevue. They will identify the parts of a tree, what a tree needs to survive and how trees are like them. Students will use their senses to describe different leaves and bark, and will create a tree and leaf craft to take home!

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS2.A, ESS3.A

Life Cycle Safari - Bellevue State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students will enjoy a multi-sensory exploration into the life cycles of three different organisms: butterflies, dragonflies and frogs. We will discuss the similarities and differences in their life cycles, and students will dip in the pond and search the meadow for these organisms in their habitat.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS3.B, LS4.C

Weather - Young Meteorologists - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 1

Learn how weather influences how wild animals survive and how it impacts our daily lives! Gain hands-on experience using various scientific instruments to measure weather. We will record the data like real meteorologists and learn about the type of weather we have here in Delaware and throughout the country.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, ESS1.B

Organisms of Delaware - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 1

Come experience the lives of organisms firsthand as we discover life cycles and survival needs. Students will make comparisons by noting similiarities and differences between living and non-living things while in two different habitats. We will use scientific tools to study the organisms we collect.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-2, LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.D, 1-LS3-1, LS3.A, LS3.B

Weather - Young Meterologists - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 1 to 1

Learn how weather influences how wild animals survive and how it impacts our daily lives! Gain hands-on experience using various scientific instruments to measure weather. We will record the data like real meteorologists and learn about the type of weather we have here in Delaware and throughout the country.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, ESS1.B

Animal Architects - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 2

Ever wondered what animal built that nest in the tree or carved open a hole in the trunk? Animals build homes for a variety of reasons. During this program students get to explore some animal homes in the forest, learn why different species build different structures, and design their own bird nests to see which one can hold the most weight in eggs!

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: 2-LS4-1, LS4.D, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3

Insects - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 2

Discover insect adaptations, life cycles and insect survival needs through a series of interactive activities. In the field, students will collect insects, make observations, and record data.

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: 2-LS4-1, LS4.D

Water Cycle - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 3

How would you feel if you found out that the water you're drinking today is the same water that the dinosaurs used? We'll learn how our limited water supply is just cycling around the planet through the various steps of the water cycle. Pretend you're a water drop and take this water cycle journey yourself by playing a fun game and see where you end up!

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 3-ESS2-1, ESS2-2, ESS2.D, 3-ESS3-1, ESS3.B

Stream Study - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 4

Let's get our feet wet while we learn about our local creek! We will determine the health of our stream using a macro invertebrate study. Learn about watersheds, riparian buffer zones, point source and non-point source pollution, and land-use impacts. Program meets at the Thompson's Bridge Parking Lot. This program can be done in conjunction with a Canoe Excursion (program will be modified to grade).

Fee: <br>1 hour: $4/student<br>2 hours: $5/student

Standards: 3-LS1-1, LS1.B, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, LS2.C, LS4.B, LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, 4-LS1-1, LS1.A, 4-ESS2-1, ESS2.A

Life Cycles - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 4 to 4

Organisms depend on their environment for survival. Learn how different ecosystems provide what these organisms need and examine the life cycle of various organisms, from seed to tree, egg to frog, and caterpillar to butterfly. Live animals may be included, depending on the season.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, LS1.A, LS1.D

Ecosystems: Organisms and their Environment - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 5

Examine the biotic and abiotic factors affecting our ecosystem and determine how organisms in an ecosystem are linked to one another by the flow of energy. Learn how organisms are specially adapted to live in this environment. We will play education games, solve food chain puzzles and for longer programs we will record organism data.

Fee: <br>1 hour: $4/student<br>2 hours: $5/student

Standards: 5-PS3-1, PS3.D, LS1.C, 5-LS1-1, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B

Ecosystems in Action - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 5 to 5

Examine the biotic and abiotic factors affecting our ecosystem and determine how organisms in an ecosystem are linked to one another by the flow of energy. Learn how organisms are specially adapted to live in this environment. We will play education games, solve food chain puzzles and learn more about photosynthesis.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 5-PS3-1, PS3.D, LS1.C, 5-LS1-1, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B

Wetland Hydrology - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 6 to 8

Wetlands are a critical but disappearing part of our ecosystems. In this program, students will discover the functions of a wetland and why these special habitats deserve our protection. Students will also get to exercise their engineering brains and get hands-on by trying to design the most effective wetland model.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

In Touch with Nature: Senses - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to K

Use your senses to explore and make observations of the natural world. Students will become familiar with their 5 senses and compare them to the ways that animals sense the world they live in. Students will learn to use their senses to develop an awareness of nature.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D

Lenape of Delaware - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: PreK to K

Discover some tools that native people used to survive in Delaware thousands of years ago. Students will get to see and touch some of the tools and clothing used by the Lenape. Students will get an introduction to early American culture by playing musical instructions and playing a game enjoyed by young Lenape children.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: History standards (2) K-3a, (3) K-3a, (4) K-3a, K-3b K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, ESS3.A

Animals in Winter - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: PreK to K

What do animals do in the winter? Students will be introducted to the concepts of migration, acclimation, and hibernation through a series of engaging activities. Learn how some of the native animals of Delaware survive the chilly weather.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1

Nature Senses - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: PreK to K

Students will use their five senses to explore many fascinating natural objects. By playing games and participating in activities, students will learn how animals use their senses to help them survive in nature.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: (No Common Core CCKRL4) K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, ESS3.A

Hooray For Habitats - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: PreK to K

Plants and animals depend on their habitat to provide food, water, shelter, air and light. Learn how different habitats provide these survival needs in this fun and interactive program. Meet a live amphibian and learn about its habitat and survival needs.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, ESS3.A

Amphibians and Reptiles - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: PreK to 1

Amphibians and reptiles are very different from other animals, maybe its an amphibian going through metamorphosis or a snake's colors and patterns on its scales that makes them so unique. Students will learn more about what makes tehse two types of animals special and meet our live toad and snake!

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, ESS3.A, 1-LS3-1, LS3.A, LS3.B

Geocaching the Cape: History's Treasures - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 8

Use Global Satellite Position (GPS) technology to explore the natural and cultural history of Cape Henlopen and discover its hidden histories. Using found artifacts, students will learn about historical events and put them into geographical context. Maximum 16 students.

Fee: $4.50 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: History 4 – 4-5a, 4 – 6-8a; Geography 3 – 4-5a

Creatures of the Coast - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 8

Form meets function as students investigate how our coastal animals adapt and interact with their marine environment. Using displays and live animals students will learn about the main habitats of the coastal marine environment. Can also be presented as an outreach component.

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS2.C

Horseshoe Crab Ecology - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field

Grade Level: 4 to 8

Students explore the world of the horseshoe crab by examining live specimens and how they are a key component of the Delaware Bay ecosystem.

Fee: $4 per student or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS3.C

Sand Dune Dynamics - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 12

Through observation and inquiry, students gain an understanding of the interaction between the living and non-living components of sand dunes and learn how energy drives this change. Students will Develop an appreciation for the important role dunes play in the coastal ecosystem.

Fee: $4.50 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C; LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS2.A, ESS3.B; ESS3.C

Pirates, Pistols & Plunder - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 8

Learn about the pirates that prowled the coast Delaware and use basic mapping skills to go on a hunt to uncover the myths and mysteries of this bygone era. Can also be presented as an outreach component.

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: History 1- 4-5a, 2 – 4-5b, 3 – 4-5a, 4 – 4-5a

Seining the Bay - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 12

Students get wet during this hands-on activity. Here they collect marine animals with a seine net, explore the diversity of adaptations and their complex interactions with the Delaware Bay environment. Available mid April - mid October

Fee: $$5 per student or $75 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS3.A

Adaptations Night Hike - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 12

Students explore the coastal habitat at night as they discover how animals adapt to nocturnal life. They will test the limits of their senses in a coastal habitat at night and learn about the nocturnal and crepuscular behavior of the animals. Available April-October.

Fee: $4.50 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C; LS2.A, LS2.C

Coastal Wetland Ecology - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Take a hike through our fresh and saltwater marshes as students compare the two habitats through hands-on investigations and learn the importance of these ecosystems to Delaware’s watersheds. Available April - May and October – November.

Fee: $4 per student or $60 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C; LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS2.C, ESS3.C

Marine Ecology - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

During this inquiry driven program, students measure water quality parameters and collect live organism to get a snap shot of the health of DE Bay.

Fee: $4 per student or $60 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, ESS3.C

Bug Out – Insects! - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students use their senses and exploring skills to learn about insects, their life cycles and how they survive, using puppets, props, fun activities and live insects (seasonal).

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS4.C, ESS3.A

Beach Detectives - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students scour the beach and use powers of observation and identification to solve an ecological puzzle connecting organisms to their habitats and energy of movement.

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.A, ESS3.A

Pinelands Hike - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students hike the maritime forest using your senses and powers of investigation to study the soil and the environment, discovering how plants and animals survive in this habitat.

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.E, ESSA3.A

Crabby Crustaceans - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Using props and live animals, students compare the differences and similarities between true crabs and horseshoe crabs and how each survives in their habitats. Students will understand the role and importance of both “crabs” in the Delaware Bay ecosystem. Can also be presented as an outreach component.

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.C, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A

Wet & Wild Animals - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students meet live aquatic animals, handle real props, and create an aquatic animal to discover the amazing adaptations these creatures have to meet the requirements of their water habitat. Can also be presented as a field trip component.

Fee: $4 per student or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS4.C; ESS3.A

Seashore Safari - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 4

Discover how many different plants and animals survive in their Delaware Bay habitat by collecting and comparing live animals caught in a seine net. Available mid April - mid October

Fee: $4 perstudent or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.C, ESS3.A

Reptiles: Snakes and Turtles - Cape Henlopen State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 8

Students experience live snakes and turtles discovery the diversity of design and learn why these native reptiles are an important part of our ecosystem.

Fee: $4 per student or $55 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS4.D, ESS3.A

Seining the Bay - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 4

Pull a 30-foot net through the shallow waters of Rehoboth Bay. Gather the critters and plants and get an up-close view of the creatures that call the bay home. Learn about their habitats and special adaptations before releasing them back into the bay.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 1-LS3-1, 1-LS3.B; 2-LS4-1; 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS2.D, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS2.C, 3-LS4.B, 3-LS4.C; 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1.A

Squid Dissection: From Pen to Ink! (STEM) - Delaware Seashore State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 2 to 8

Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide participants in a dissection, and at the end of the program, students will cook up our study specimens and enjoy them as calamari! Can also be scheduled as a field trip.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-3, 2-LS4-1; 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-2; LS4.B, LS4.C, 4-LS1-1; MS-LS1-3

Marsh Walk - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 12

Learn about the importance of wetlands in Delaware’s Inland Bays as you make your way through the muddy waters of a salt marsh. Students will learn how to identify marsh grasses and their various adaptations to living in such a harsh, salty environment. With some luck, the group may get to see osprey, herons, horseshoe crabs or even a diamondback terrapin along the way.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 2-LS4-1, 2-ESS2-1, ESS2.A; 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4.B, 3-LS4.C, 3-LS4.D, ESS3.B; LS1.A, 4-ESS2.E,

Build & Fly a Kite (STEM) - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 6

Have fun while learning about modern uses of wind energy, updrafts and the physics behind flight. Each student will make their own kite to take home. Can also be brought to your site.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2; 4-PS3-2, 4- PS3.B, 4-ESS3-1, 4- ESS3.A; 5-ESS3-1, 5- ESS3.C; MS-ESS2-5,

Shipwrecks & Buried Treasure (STEM) - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 9

Students will learn about Delaware’s maritime history and will venture outside with GPS units and geocaching skills to locate “buried treasures” on the beach.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: 4-5a, 6-8a, 9-12a, 4-5a, 4-5a, 4-5b, 9-12a, 9-12b

Life of a Surfman - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 10

Learn about the day-to-day life of a surfman while touring the Indian River Life-Saving Station, one of the oldest buildings along the coast!

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 4-5a, 6-8a, 9-12a, 4-5a, 4-5a, 4-5b, 9-12a, 9-12b

Jelly, Jelly, Jellyfish - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 1

What makes jellyfish unique and why are they ecologically important? See and touch real critters of the bay, including the jellyfish – the non-stinging species of course!

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3.A; 1-LS1.A

Coastal Predators - Delaware Seashore State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Students will learn about food webs within a coastal ecosystem, the difference between predators and prey, and how to identify predators.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-LS1.C, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3.A

Legislative Hall Tour - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 12

Every student should know where the laws are made for themselves and their state. This guided tour of Legislative Hall emphasizes the building as Delaware’s capitol, but also Dover as Delaware’s capital city. Along the tour, students will participate in activities that help engage their understanding of the building they are in and its purpose. This program will describe to students the legislative process, procedure, and powers as they apply in Delaware. During the tour, the program will stress the involvement of citizens both young and old, emphasizing how they are able to affect change.

Fee: Free

Standards: Civics 1 – K-3a, K-3b, 4-5a, 4-5b, 6-8a, 6-8b, 9-12a

Stories of The Green - Walking Tour - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

For 300 years, The Green has been the center of commerce, politics, and civic life in Dover. Guided walks through the historic district reveal the people and events that left their mark on Dover’s history. Beginning at the John Bell House, each walking tour will take place around The Green in Dover, led by a historic interpreter in period dress.

Fee: Free

Standards: History 4 – 6-8a, 9-12a

Slavery and Freedom - Walking Tour - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Learn about Delaware’s complicated positions regarding freedom and slavery, and its role as a border state during the Civil War. Find out how a brave group of runaway slaves known as the Dover Eight made a daring escape from the Dover Jail. Hear about famous African-American Richard Allen and his connections to the Golden Fleece Tavern. Beginning at the John Bell House, each walking tour will take place around The Green in Dover, led by a historic interpreter in period dress.

Fee: Free

Standards: History 4 – 6-8a, 9-12a

Women of The Green - Walking Tour - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Many women were innkeepers, political leaders and social figures throughout the history of The Green. Learn about the lives and contributions of these often forgotten figures. Beginning at the John Bell House, each walking tour will take place around The Green in Dover, led by a historic interpreter in period dress.

Fee: Free

Standards: History 4 – 6-8a, 9-12a

Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution - Walking Tour - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Tories, Whigs, militia and insurrection – Dover was a hotbed of revolutionary and loyalist activity during the struggle for American Independence.  While suspicion was cast on some of its residents, others would achieve national acclaim for their actions during this trying time.  Visit the final resting places of such valiant figures as John Haslet and John Patton, and see the locations around The Green associated with other early military heroes including Caesar Rodney and Dr. James Tilton. Beginning at the John Bell House, each walking tour will take place around The Green in Dover, led by a historic interpreter in period dress.

Fee: Free

Standards: History 4 – 6-8a, 9-12a

Growing Up in the 18th Century - First State Heritage Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to 8

In colonial America, life was different than it is now. Students will gather in the historic John Bell House to learn about what life was like for the average Delawarean during the 1700s. Students will learn about when colonial times occurred; they will also learn about the available technology and cultural mindset. Students will be given several objects and be asked to use their reasoning skills to decide what the object would have been used for in colonial times. Students will also be able to see and touch articles of reproduction clothing.

Fee: Free

Standards: History 2 – K-3a, 4-5b, 6-8b

Fort Miles: Coastal Defenders - Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 12

Delaware Bay was a strategic location during World War II. Discover what a Coastal Artillery fortification is and the energy processes involved in its basic functioning. Learn how Fort Miles protected the coastline by touring Battery 519 and the historic area.

Fee: $4 per student or $55 minimum

Standards: History 1- 6-8a, History 2 – 6-8b, Geography 4 – 6-8b; History 2 – 9-12b, History 4 – 9-12a

Towers & Gunners - Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

What did it take to accurately operate the artillery? Work as a team to target, plot and “fire” the guns.

Fee: $4.50 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: History 2 – 6-8b; Geography 4 – 6-8b, History 4 – 9-12a; Geography 1 – 9-12b, Mathematics CC.7.G.5, CC.8.G.1, CC.9-12.G.CO.12

TREE-Mendous Trees - Killens Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 1 to 1

Students will examine growth rings of tree slices and learn tree anatomy, seed types and dispersal of Delaware tree species.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1

Insects Abound - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 2

This fun for all three part insect study will keep the students moving! Students will use dip-nets, sweep-nets and hands to capture insects for closer observation. With the help of a naturalist, the insects will be identified, discussed, and released. Students will dipnet in the pond, sweepnet in the meadow, and comb the forest floor for insect inhabitants. Students will learn about an insect’s life cycle, the different phases of metamorphosis, and what makes an insect different from all other organisms. Shoes and clothing that can get wet and muddy are suggested for this activity.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS4.C

Kent County Watersheds - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 4

We will introduce students to the concepts of a watershed, ecosystem health, and factors that may affect water quality in this fun 3 part lesson. We will “build” a mini watershed and introduce the common pollutions that affect watersheds all across the world. We will discuss things that can be done to make a watershed a healthy place to live. In addition to hands-on learning with the enviro-scape model, students will create a bio-assessment of the sampling and identify aquatic organisms. Students will also learn about the diversity of plants and animals in a pond environment using microscopes to look at microscopic pond life. They will classify and sort the animals and plants they find and learn about the importance and complexity of a pond ecosystem. Students should wear clothes that can get wet and muddy.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: ESS2.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, LS2.C

Delaware’s Herps - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 5

What is the difference between a reptile and an amphibian (herps)? How do they communicate with each other? How many herps are there? Come find out all these answers and meet the Killens Pond live reptile and amphibian collection! This three part program will focus on the different adaptations of herps, how they communicate with each other, and the huge biodiversity of the reptile and amphibian world and why these amazing animals are disappearing in Delaware.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D

Amphibian or Canary? - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Students will explore the changing world of amphibians by taking a kayak trip, acquire a biotic sample of pond life which indicates the health of the pond, and meet the Killen’s Pond’s live amphibian collection. Based on our findings we will discuss the aquatic health of the Killens Pond ecosystem. We will also discuss how amphibians (and other aquatic organisms) are “canary species” for aquatic health and learn about amphibians first hand with our live specimens. The impact of pollution on an ecosystem is huge, but there are things we can do to help and we will discuss how individual students can make a difference in the big picture.

Fee: $10 per student

Standards: LS4.B, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS3.C, ESS3.D, ETS2.B

Plants are Everywhere! - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 1

Plants certainly are everywhere! We will explore the life cycle of a plant from seeds to flowers or leaves, all the way to trees! Students will comb the park looking for and learning about seeds and the plants they come from. Through hands-on activities and learning experiences, students will learn about seed anatomy, seed travel, and will discover how the plants of the park manage to grow from their tiny beginnings. In the spring, students will learn about the different parts of a flower, and what they are for as well as dissect a flower to observe its parts and talk about its function. In the fall, we will do leaf rubbings and dissect a leaf. Students will become a “tree”, learn about the essential parts that make up trees and we will discuss the importance of trees. Students will get to plant a seed and take it with them!

Fee: $5.50 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B

My Life at the Pond - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 1

Organisms abound in the habitat of a pond. Come learn what a habitat needs to be a home, and what creatures call Killens Pond their home. Students will use dip-nets and hands to capture pond organisms for closer observation. With the help of a naturalist, the animals will be identified, discussed, and released. Shoes and clothing that can get wet and muddy are suggested for this activity. Students will meet Killen’s Pond’s live reptiles and amphibians in an up close and personal activity. We will explore their habitat needs and what makes a reptile’s needs different from an amphibians. Additionally, we will hike the Pondside Trail searching for the animals that make their homes along the pond’s edge.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS2.A

Reptiles Rule - Killens Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 5

This live reptile program brings turtles, snakes, and lizards into the classroom for students to experience hands-on! Reptile adaptations to survive in certain habitats will be demonstrated and discussed. We will learn what physical characteristics make reptiles similar to each other, and what characteristics create the different orders.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: LS1.A, LS4.C

Amphibian Adaptations - Killens Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will be delighted with live frogs, toads, and salamanders. Amphibian life cycles, adaptations, and physical structures will be discussed in this up close and personal lesson. We will discuss the different types of amphibians and how they interact with their environment. We will also discuss how a change in the environment of amphibians may (and has) affected entire populations.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS2.C, LS4.C

Introduction to Climate Change - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 8

Students will learn the basic principles behind climate change, conduct research on the pond to make predictions on how climate change might aeffect this area. The students will also be presented scenarios and be asked to defend decisions on the scenarios that will impact the park and environment.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards:

Aquatic Habitat Comparison (STEM) - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 9 to 12

Students will conduct biological surveys to test hypotheses that compare pond and vernal pool habitats. They will measure biodiversity and water quality to determine what makes these habitats different and why the differences occur.

Fee: Starting at $7 - $8 per student

Standards: HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS2-8, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4-6, HSESS2-7, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS1-3

Pond Study - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will investigate the pond and all of its inhabitants through our interactive pond study! They will learn to dip net and identify the abundance of wildlife that can be found in and around the pond.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-ESS2-1 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1

Animal Adaptations - Lums Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will discover why certain animals are suited for the environment in which they live. They will handle animal pelts, shells and skulls and get the chance to meet some of the live animals that we have at Lums Pond. This program ties into the Delaware Habitats field study.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2 2-LS4-1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-ESS2-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1

Insect Life Cycle - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will discover why certain animals are suited for the environment in which they live. They will handle animal pelts, shells and skulls and get the chance to meet some of the live animals that we have at Lums Pond. This program ties into the Delaware Habitats field study.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-1 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2 5-LS2-1

Amphibian Life Cycle - Lums Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will learn about the stages of metamorphosis that an amphibian goes through to become an adult. They will also meet some live amphibians from Lums Pond. This program ties into the Insect Life Cycle field study.

Fee: $80 per program plus $.51 per mile traveled

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1- 2 5-LS2-1

Delaware Habitats - Lums Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 5

Students will learn what makes an aquatic pond habitat and a terrestrial forest habitat unique. They will predict what wild life will be found based on the available resources and the adaptations needed to survive at each location. This program ties into the Animal Adaptations outreach program.

Fee: Starting at $200 + travel expenses

Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1

Waters of the Chesapeake - Trap Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 6

Students will explore the unique habitat of the Baldcypress Swamp aboard our pontoon boat. They will follow an imaginary water drop from Trap Pond as it makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The program also includes exercises in outlining watersheds and a brief introduction to water quality testing that will show the importance of water management and pollution control.

Fee: $12 per student

Standards: 3-LS4-4; G1.K3a, G2.K3, H1.K3a, 4-ESS2-1; G1.45a, G2.45a, H1.45a, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2; G1.45a, G2.45a, H1.45a, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4; G1.68a, G2.68a, H1.68a

Using a Map and Compass - Trap Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 10

Countless generations have used maps to help understand the land around them. Reading and using maps can be fun as we investigate Trap Pond.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4; M.7.G.1; H3.68a, G1.68a, G2.68a, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4; H3.912a, G1.912a, G1.912b, G2.912a

Tracks and Traces - Trap Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 2

The Tracks and Traces program will introduce our younger visitors to the types of animals that can be found at Trap Pond State Park. On this guided hike students will find clues and tracks that will help them discover the animals that call Trap Pond Home. Students will learn helpful hints for viewing wildlife.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A

Freshwater Seining or Dipnetting - Trap Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 2

Examine some of Trap Pond’s underwater life during this fun program. Students and chaperones may get a little muddy as they learn about lifecycles and the environment.

Fee: $4 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2 2-LS2-1

Exploring a Southern Swamp, Pontoon Tour - Trap Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 6

Hop aboard our pontoon boat to discover the Baldcypress Swamp. Both people and animals have made their homes here due to the unique habitat.

Fee: $4 per Student

Standards: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3; G1.K3a, G2.K3, H1.K3a, G1.K3a, G2.K3, H1.K3a 2-LS2-1, 2-LS4-1; G1.K3a, G2.K3, H1.K3a, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4; G1.K3a, G2.K3, H1.K3a, 4-ESS3-1; G1.45a, G2.45a, H1.45a, 5-LS2-1; G1.45a, G2.45a, H1.45a, MS-LS2-1, MSLS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS4-6, MS

Living Things of the Creek, Forest and Field - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 2

Discover the rich diversity of life along the forest and in the creek as we explore the life cycles and basic needs of organisms. Students will observe plants and animals, use dip nets and participate in an interactive hike.

Fee: $5.50 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS4-1

White Clay, Sand & Soil - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 4

Get those hands dirty in this one of a kind program at White Clay Creek! Students will explore and compare the sandy beach and riparian forest along the creek as we investigate the properties of soil (sand, clay and humus) to determine their effects on plant and animal life. Time includes a ½ hour lunch break.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-LS4-1-LS2-3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-4 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2

Owl Adaptations, Pellets and Bones - White Clay Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Students will learn how owls’ adaptations help them survive in Delaware. Then, using large mammal bones as models, we will dissect sterilized owl pellets in search of similar tiny bones in the owls’ prey. Program uses owl taxidermy, owl wings, talons, mammal skulls, bones, dissecting tools and ID charts. School provides owl pellets. Additional fee charged if we supply pellets. This program is available from December through March. Relates to Human Body Unit.

Fee: $80 per per program (up to 25 students)

Standards: 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3 H4.68a, 5-PS2-1

Mystery Minerals - White Clay Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Rocks are made up of minerals that can be sorted by their properties. Students will become junior geologists when they explore different mineral properties. In stations around your classroom, your students can test samples for properties such as luster, magnetism, and streak to identify their mystery mineral. Available November through April.

Fee: $80 per per program (up to 25 students)

Standards: 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2

Geology - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 6

Rocks are made up of minerals that can be sorted by properties. Students will become junior geologists by exploring different mineral properties. Equipped with geology hammers students will use the information they learn to sort rocks on a gravel bar along the White Clay Creek. Maximum Group Size: 60. Bus must remain at the park for the duration of the program and is used to transport children within the park.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS2.E, ESS2.A

Extended Geology - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 5

Students will become junior geologists by exploring different mineral properties. Equipped with geology hammers, they will use the information they learn to sort rocks on a gravel bar along the White Clay Creek. This expanded program incorporates additional stations on earth materials and how water shapes the land. Because of the extended time, this program can accommodate up to 100 students. Bus must remain at the park for the duration of the program and is used to transport children within the park. Time includes a ½-hour lunch break. A two-hour Geology program is also available.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-1, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2

Life, Land and Water - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 6

Students will observe the different functions of living things, will see examples of water’s power to shape the landscape, and will learn about the water cycle and test water quality. This program can accommodate up to 100 students.

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-2, 4-LS1-1 5-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MSESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MSESS3-4, MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS3-2, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS1-7, MS-LS2-3, MS-L

Land and Water - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 6

Students will identify aquatic and riparian organisms along the stream, see real world examples of water’s power to shape the landscape, learn about the water cycle and test water quality. This program does not include the Structures of Life portion. Program includes half hour lunch break.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS2.E, ESS2.A, ESS3.B, ESS3.C, LS2.C

Sensing Wildlife - White Clay Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 1

Students will have a wild time learning about the five senses and using related sensory organs to explore how wildlife uses their senses help them survive. Using hand lenses, students will sort and compare nature items then will venture outside for a hike.

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-1

Rhythms of Nature - White Clay Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 4

Get in tune with your wild side by using percussion instruments to explore life cycles, seasons and other rhythms of nature! This program can be done at the park or on your site.

Fee: $80 per program (up to 25 students)

Standards: LS1.B, LS1.D, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.C

Energy is Everywhere (STEM) - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 1 to 4

Students will discover how different forms of energy are used in our everyday lives. Additionally, for the 4th grade, electric circuitry used in alternative energy is demonstrated.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-PS3-4, 4-PS4-1, 4-PS4-3

The Power of Water (STEM) - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 4

Using the scientific method, students will examine water as a source of power and explore the effect of flow and pressure on water.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-PS3-4, 4-PS4-1

Water’s Power to Change (STEM) - Wilmington State Parks - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Students will connect energy and geology concepts to the topography of the Brandywine Creek in addition to exploring the creek’s pivotal role in Wilmington’s transition from an agricultural to industrial city.

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: 3-LS4-4; H4.K3.a, H4.K3b, G2.K3a, G3.K3a, 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-2; H4.45a, H4.45b, G2.45a, G3.45a, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS2-2; H4.45a, H4.45b, G2.45a, G3.45a

Forces in Motion (STEM) - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 4 to 6

At the Alapocas Run State Park quarry, students will examine the properties of rocks and minerals, the forces responsible for changing the Earth’s crust and use GPS units to connect the park’s geology to its history.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, 4-PS3-4, 4-PS4-3 MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-4, 4-ESS3-2, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, MSPS3-3, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS1-6, MS-LS2-5, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-4

Earth’s Dynamic Systems - Wilmington State Parks - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 9

At the Alapocas Run State Park quarry, students will examine the properties of rocks and minerals, the forces responsible for changing the Earth’s crust and use GPS units to connect the park’s geology to its history.

Fee: $5 per student

Standards: MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4; H4.68a, H4.68b

Earth’s Technology Now and Then (STEM) - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 6 to 9

Students will examine past and present mapping technologies and have the opportunity to apply a current mapping technology to a parkland management planning need.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4 HS-ESS1-4, HS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4

Stadium Science - Wilmington State Parks - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 6

Using Baynard Stadium within Wilmington State Parks as their laboratory, students will explore how forces apply to sports and affect the motion of the objects around them.

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 5-PS2-1 MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-4, MSPS2-5, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS1-6, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-LS2-5, MSETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-ETS1-1

Wildlife in the City - Wilmington State Parks - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 1

Students will learn the difference between living and non-living things, discover what all living things need to survive and how wildlife changes to survive in a city.

Fee: $4.50 per student

Standards: K-LS1-1 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2

Animals in the Neighborhood - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 1

Students will review the parts of a tree, learn how it grows from a seed to mature tree and discover what living things need to survive.

Fee: $80 per program

Standards: K-LS1-1 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2