Elementary School Field Trips


Program Descriptions:
Adapt To The Habitat
Grades K - 3.  Duration: 4 hours
Explore and compare three different habitats of the Sanctuary.  Record the different plants and animals found in each one while discovering the adaptations that make them best suited for their "home".  Learn how adaptations improve survival in the wild and investigate examples of humans mimicking nature to improve our lives as well.

Keywords: habitat, adaptation, diversity, survival
NGSS Alignment: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3 

Classification Investigation
Grades 4 - 6.  Duration: 1 hour
Discover features of local plants and animals that allow scientists to collect them in groups.  Learn how the different groups are all connected by the cycling of nutrients through the environment.  Students will investigate features on both live animals and animal artifacts.  
Keywords: classification, adaptation, decomposition
NGSS Alignment: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1, MS-LS1-5

Life of the Forest
Grades K - 6.  Duration: 1.5 hours

Hike the trails with a naturalist to learn about the diverse plant and animal life in the forest.  We will investigate the layers of the forest through hands-on activities.  We will dig in the soil, roll logs, match tree leaves, observe wildlife and learn the value of forests.
NGSS Alignment: 
K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1

Pond Exploration (Spring only)
Grades K - 8.  Duration: 2 hours

Grab a net!  We will visit a pond and find animals that call it home.  Learn about amphibian life cycles and adaptations while identifying the animals caught from the pond.
NGSS Alignment: 
K-ESS3-1, K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 4-LS1-1

Wetland Ecology
All grades.  Duration:  1.5 hours

Discover the plants and animals of Jug Bay's freshwater tidal wetlands. We'll discuss the value of wetlands and their many functions. Learn about the effect of tides on wetland organisms. If time and season permit, explore non-tidal wetlands such as beaver ponds and vernal pools. 
NGSS Alignment: 
K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1

Helping Hands for Healthy Habitats
All grades. Duration: 1 hour

Students will give back to the Sanctuary by completing a stewardship project as a class. Stewardship projects vary seasonally; a typical project would entail pulling invasive plants around the Sanctuary. Contact the education coordinator for more information.
NGSS Alignment: 
K-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1


Programs can be customized to meet your curriculum requirements.  Program durations may vary based on group size and learning objectives requested by teacher.

Program Logistics:

  • Cost $3.00 per student; Minimum of 10 students or $30/visit.  One adult (teacher or chaperone) is admitted free of charge for every 10 students. Additional chaperones are charged the same amount as the students. 
  • Bus drivers receive complimentary admission.
  • Maximum group size: 50 students, larger groups must come on multiple days
  • Programs are available in the fall (September-November) or spring (March-June).
  • Programs are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Programs are a 2 (minimum) to 4 (maximum) hours in total duration.
  • All programs are outdoors: rain or shine.  Dress appropriately!
  • Bus transportation scholarship available through the Friends of Jug Bay. Please  submit a letter of request explaining your need for the bus scholarship along with a cost estimate with your completed application.

Program Reservations:

  • Download and complete the 2017 Spring Field Trip Application (click on the above button).  Field Trips will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.
  • The point of contact will be contacted by a Sanctuary staff member to confirm the program date and to discuss program details.
  • A confirmation packet including directions will be sent to the point of contact.

Please note:  
** We are located in southern Anne Arundel County.  Please follow the directions sent in the confirmation packet.  Many GPS systems do not work with our address!

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