Field Trip Curriculum
Students will discover and explore careers in the aquatic field through stations and activities designed to immerse students in these careers. They will get to take part in different activities relating to lake science and learn how to identify micro and macro organisms in the lake system. Students will also get to take part in a special meet and greet with a marine biologist professional to hear about what they do and ask them questions.
Learn about the Lake Champlain ecosystem and how humans play a big role in keeping it healthy. Students will learn how indigenous people, such as the Abenaki, used the watershed system of Lake Champlain and how Lake Champlain was named. They will also learn what they can do in their very own community to help combat negative impacts to the lake and how to better become a citizen scientist. They will also learn about the many balances ecosystems hold and what would happen if an element becomes unbalanced and will brainstorm different solutions by creating models..
This program is designed for a younger audience such as students in pre-k and/or kindergarten. Students will engage in mathematical exercises while being immersed in nature. They will use their senses to complete a scavenger hunt to find natural objects to collect them and group them. Students will practice motor skills by writing numbers, either 0-10 or 0-20, using natural objects. Nature concepts will be interwoven into mathematical concepts so students can learn how to identify different species of animals and plants.
In this program, students will become bird experts by learning about local bird species in the Champlain Lake region. They will learn about the structure and adaptations birds possess that allow them to fly and eat various forms of food. Students will get to create their own wing model designed for flying and get to test it using different interventions.
In this program, students will transform into meteorologists for the day! They will learn about how water moves through the water cycle to create different weather patterns. They will look at the day’s forecast and make predictions about future weather patterns based on the seasons. Students will also get to participate in exploratory activities that allow them to look for clues about how weather has affected the land and what states the water is in on the land, during that season.