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School Group Programs


Field Trips and Outreach Programs

Designed with state educational standards in mind, Delaware State Parks school programs offer students aged preschool to high school the opportunity to discover hands-on experiences that compliment classroom learning. Plan a field trip to a Delaware State Park or invite park interpreters to you for in-school programs throughout the year that can be tailored for schoolwide assemblies or small classrooms. Satisfy state standards in science, history, and mathematics while bringing your lessons to life

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.


Field Trips

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: H2.K-3, H#.K-3, H4.K-3; 2-PS1, ELA.W.28, HR,K-3; 3-PS2, 3-ELA.SL3, ELA.W.3-8, H2.K-3, H3.K-3, H4.K-3; 4-PS3, 4-ESS3-1, H1.4-5, H4.4-5; 5-PS1, 5-PS2, 5-PS3, H1.4-5, H2.4-5, H4.4-5

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: 3-LS4, 3-ESS3; 4-ESS3

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: 3-PS2, 3-ELA.W.3, 3-ELA.SL.3, H2.K-3, H3.K-3, H4.K-3; 4-PS3, 4-ESS3, H1.4-5, H2.4-5, H4.4-5; 5-PS3

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: 5-ESS3, 5-LS2; MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

Childhood in the Age of Steam - Auburn Heights Preserve - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 12

Childhood has changed through the ages, but some of its aspects are universal. Students will learn about childhood as it existed in the 1900s-1930s by examining historical materials and artifacts. They'll also learn about the daily life of children and families in the northern Delaware region, including their similarities and differences to today. Students will also get the opportunity to use reproduction toys of the time.

Fee: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: History 1: K-3a, 2:K-3a, 4-5b, 3:K-3a, 4:K-3a/b and 9-12a/b

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: $6 per student

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

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: $6 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: $6 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: $6 per student

Standards: 5-PS3, 5-LS1, 5-ESS3

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: $6 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: $5 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: $5 per student

Standards: 1-LS1-2, LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.D, 1-LS3-1, LS3.A, LS3.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: $5.50 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: $5.50 per student

Standards: 2-LS4-1, LS4.D

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: $5 - $6 per 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

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: $5 -  $6 per student

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

Orienteering - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 6 to 12

Ever wonder how people find their way in the wild? They use a compass and a topographical map. Students will learn how to use a compass, read map legends, recognize symbols on a map, and relate them to physical features on the landscape. Then teams of students will sharpen their map and compass skills by navigating the park's orienteering course.

Fee: $5.50 - $6 per student

Standards: Geography Anchor Standard One:6-8a

Extended Stream Study: Watersheds - Brandywine Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 7 to 7

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: $5 - $6 per student

Standards: Middle School LS2, LS4; ESS3; ETS1

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: $5 per student

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

Animal Skeletons - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Explore skeleton and body structures of humans and other animals, comparing people’s and different animals’ bodies. Students will be able to name various skeletal structures of the human anatomy. They will observe live animals and draw conclusions about their skeletal structure and function.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

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

Animal Behavior STEM - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: 4 to 12

Use our lesson plans to compliment your classroom. Learn the basics of animal behavior science using observation studies, or ethology, and develop skills in observation, inquiry, data collection, statistical analysis, and writing. In this program, students learn how to conduct a behavioral analysis of animals from the zoo’s teaching collection. Please contact Educationa@BrandywineZoo.org for more information on the Animal Behavior programs and other STEM opportunities for students. 35 participant max per program

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

Standards: LS2.A, LS2.C, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS4.C, ESS2.C, ESS2.E; ESS3.A; ESS3.C

A Day In the Life of a Zookeeper - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to adult

Enter the fascinating world of Zoos and Aquariums with us. Students will learn some daily responsibilities of zookeepers, which courses to take in school, and different types of careers studying or working with animals. They will learn about the role zoos play in conservation, including specialized captive breeding programs, and their role in the community.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

Standards: K - HS LS$, TPA 2.01, AS1.02

Live Animal Encounter - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to adult

Meet some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals and learn about their amazing adaptations that help them survive in the wild. The program’s focus can be customized by request, for example: camouflage, fur patterns, defense mechanisms or other adaptations. If requested, program can be focused specifically on the following classes of animals: reptiles, mammals, amphibians. This program is great for classrooms with special needs and audiences of all ages.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

Standards: LS1.A, LS4.B

Native Ecosystems - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to adult

We learn about the different Delaware habitats and meet some animals that are local and exotic from around the world! Students will be able to identify specific adaptations that certain animals have to help them survive different ecosystems here in Delaware.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

Standards: LS2.C, LS4.C, ESS2.C, ESS2.E, ESS3.A, ESS3.C

Safe Environments - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to adult

This program takes a new approach to anti-bullying programming and helps students better understand each other using animals that are often misunderstood or feared, such as insects, spiders or reptiles. We’ll learn about how students can cultivate safe environments not only for each other, but also for the animals around us.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

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

Five Senses - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to K

Different animals use their senses in different ways to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the environment around them. Students will identify the five senses and compare their senses with animals’ senses. Students will be able to describe how important the five senses are to an animal’s survival.

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

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

Story Book Programs - Brandywine Zoo - Field Trip

Grade Level: PreK to 3

During story book programs, we’ll read a story and discuss relevant themes paired with some animal friends and touchable artifacts from the story. Choose from several themed story books that focus on animals in winter, nocturnal animals, movement, and more. Visit BrandywineZoo.org/zooschool for available books.  

Fee: $7 - $8 per person

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

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS2.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: $5.50 per student or $65 minimum

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

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: $5.50 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: $6 per student or $65 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: $6 per student or $65 minimum

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

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: $5 per student or $65 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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.E, ESSA3.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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.C, 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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

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

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: $5 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, 5-LS2

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: $5 per student

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

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 effect 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

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Living History at Fort Delaware - Fort Delaware - Field Trip

Grade Level: 2 to 12

Learn about history through primary historical research materials. Students will become participants in the living history program. Your class may meet “people from the past” in first person character, including a Union garrison soldier, a prisoner, a school teacher, and a blacksmith. After your program, your class will have time for lunch and fort exploration. Travel fee of of 51 cents per mile over 30 miles round-trip.

Fee: $7

Standards: H1.4-5, 6-8; H2.K-3, 4-5, 6-8; H3.K-3, 4-5, 6-8; H4.K-3

Geocaching the Cape: History's Treasures - Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area - 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: $5.50 per student or $65 minimum

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

Fort Miles: Coastal Defenders - Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area - 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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

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

Pirates, Pistols & Plunder - Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area - 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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

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

Towers & Gunners - Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area - 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: $5.50 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

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: $7 per student

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

Kent County Watersheds - Killens Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: to

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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: $7 per student

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

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

Grade Level: to

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

Grade Level: to

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

Grade Level: K to 1

Students will use dip-nets and hands to capture pond organisms for closer observation and identification before they are returned to the pond. Shoes and clothing will get wet and muddy! Students will meet the park's live reptiles and amphibians and explore their habitat needs and what makes a reptile's needs and different from an amphibian's. Then we will hike the Pondside Trail searching for the animals that make their homes along the pond's edge

Fee: $7 per student

Standards: K-LS1, K-LS2; 1-LS1, 1-LS2

Structures of Pond Organisms - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 1 to 4

Students will collect organisms at the pond’s edge with nets and compare structures of crayfish, insects, and other aquatic creatures under a dissecting microscope, predicting answers to questions about the organism’s basic needs, life processes, and structures that develop and change over time.

Fee: $5.50 per student

Standards: 1-LS1, LS1, LS3,

Watershed Solutions (and Mixtures!) - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 7

Students will analyze and sort solids and liquids and explore natural mixtures and solutions that represent real world issues related to human impact, water pollution, and the watershed then predict the effect or recommend a solution to a problem.

Fee: $5.50 per student

Standards: 5-ESS3, LS2, PS1, ETS1,

Ecosystem Connections - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 8

Students will use dip-nets to observe interactions between organisms and determine watershed health at the pond’s edge, explore food webs during an up-close animal encounter at the nature center, and investigate how climate is interconnected to wildlife beside the vernal pool. This program demonstrates how humans can have a positive or negative effect on our ecosystem and that the choices we make today can make a difference.  

Fee: $6 per student

Standards: 5-ESS3, LS2, PS3, ETS1,

Forces and Motion on the Water - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 5 to 12

Experience the feel of force and motion first hand on the pond! Grades 5-6 utilize paddle boats, one chaperone per 3 students. Grades 6-12 utilize kayaks. *Scheduling in September and May only.

Fee: $15 per student

Standards: 5-ESS3, LS2, PS1, ETS1,

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

Amphibian Adaptations - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 3

Meet live frogs and turtles while exploring life cycles and investigating how weather effects local organisms. Students will compare how these animals use their senses for survival in ways that differ from human beings.

Fee: $5 per student

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

Pond Study - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 5

Investigate the pond and all its inhabitants through an interactive pond study. Learn to dip net, identify the abundance of wildlife that can be found in and around the pond and how they make adjustments for survival.  

Fee: $5 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

Insect Investigation: Life Cycles and Structures - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 5

Using sweep nets and dip nets students will collect and compare the diversity of insects and other organisms in two different habitats, the field and the pond, and investigate differences in life cycles, structures, and their functions.

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

Animal Survival: Bones and Fur - Lums Pond State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: K to 5

Animals have adaptions for survival like night vision, sharp teeth, and warning coloration.  Explore the food web while examining animal artifacts (skulls, shells, and fur) of local consumers and producers. Students will compare the bones of native wildlife to the human body and investigate the function of different structures.  

Fee: $5 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

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: $5 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

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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: $5 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: $5 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 Organisms 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: $6.50 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: $7 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

Geology - White Clay Creek State Park - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 6

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: $6 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: $7 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: to

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Turning Up the Heat - Wilmington State Parks - Field Trip

Grade Level: 3 to 4

Students will participate in a variety of hands-on experiements and activities to explore how climate change and urban heat islands can affect a plant's or animal's ability to survive in its habitat.

Fee: $5 per student

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

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: $5 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

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: $6 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

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: $5 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: $5 per student

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

Outreach Programs

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: $5 per student or $65 minimum

Standards: 3-LS4, 3-ESS3; 4-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: $95 per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B, PS2.B, PS2.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: $95 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: $95 per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B

Wacky Water Science - Bellevue State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 3

In this engaging demonstration, students will assist staff with exciting experiments designed to explore the world of water. Topics include basic properties of water, chemical testing and "dry ice"!

Fee: $95 per program

Standards: 3-PS1

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: $95 per program

Standards: PS1.A, PS1.B

Classroom Paper Mill - Bellevue State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to K

Students will use their senses to examine the physical properties of wood and products that come from trees. They will learn the fundamentals and importance of recycling by creating their own recycled paper.

Fee: $95 per program

Standards: K-PS1, K-ESS3

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: $95 per program

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

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: $95 per program

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

Owls - Brandywine Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 5

Students will learn how owls’ adaptations help them survive in Delaware. Then, we will dissect sterilized owl pellets in search of tiny bones in the owls’ prey.  Program uses owl taxidermy, owl wings, talons, mammal skulls, dissecting tools and ID charts. School provides owl pellets. Additional fee charged if we supply pellets.

Fee: $95 per program

Standards: 3-LS4 5-LS2 MS-LS2,

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: $95 per program

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

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: $95 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: $95 per program

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

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: $95 per program

Standards: 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: $95 per program

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

In Touch with 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: $95 per program

Standards: 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: $95 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: $95 per program

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

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

Fort Delaware Soldier: Private Alexander Hamilton - Fort Delaware - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 4 to 8

Meet Private Alexander J. Hamilton, who lived at Fort Delaware during the Civil War and kept a diary of his experiences there. Students will compare life today with life in 1864, and can start their own diary for the sake of posterity. Additional travel fee of 51 cents per mile over 30 miles round-trip

Fee: $95, plus travel fee

Standards: H1.4-5, 6-8, H3.4-5

History Sleuths! - Fort Delaware - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 4 to 8

An historian brings artifacts and copies of primary and secondary research documents to the classroom, including diaries, journals, letters, military records, and photographs. Students get a hands-on opportunity with these resources to learn how historians tell the story of the people who lived and worked at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. Additional travel fee of 51 cents per mile over 30 miles round-trip

Fee: $95, plus travel fee

Standards: H1.4-5, 6-8, 9-12; H2.4-5, 6-8, 9-12; H3.4-5, 6-8, 9-12

Can You Stop the Civil War? - Fort Delaware - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 7 to 12

The American Civil War is one of the most significant events in human history, but some think that it could have been avoided altogether. Is that really the case, or does it oversimplify things? In this program, students will get the chance to make some of the decisions facing United States politicians, to see if they could prevent the war from happening. This "Choose Your Own Adventure" style program teaches students about the events leading up to the Civil War, and ultimately about the cause of the war itself.

Fee: $95, plus travel fee

Standards: H1.4-5, 6-8; H4.k-3b, 4-5b, 6-8a, 9-12a

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: $95 per program

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

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: $95 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: $95 per program

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

Watershed Solutions (and Mixtures!) - Lums Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 5 to 7

Students will analyze and sort solids and liquids and explore natural mixtures and solutions that represent real world issues related to human impact, water pollution, and the watershed then predict the effect or recommend a solution to a problem.

Fee: $95 per program

Standards: 5-ESS3, LS2, PS1, ETS1,

Amphibian Adaptations - Lums Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to 3

Meet live frogs and turtles while exploring life cycles and investigating how weather effects local organisms. Students will compare how these animals use their senses for survival in ways that differ from human beings.

Fee: $5 per student

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

Animal Survival: Bones and Fur - 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: $5 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

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: $95 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

Night Hunters - Trap Pond State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: 3 to 6

Almost all of an owl’s adaptations help it to live and hunt at night. Our traveling naturalist will bring taxidermy and lots of presentation materials that your students can see, handle and hear while learning many of the unique adaptations of our "night hunters".

Fee: $95, plus travel fee

Standards: 2-LS4, 5-LS2, MS-LS2, MS-LS4

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: $95 per program  (up to 25 students per program

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: $95 per program  (up to 25 students per program

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

Sensing Wildlife - White Clay Creek State Park - Outreach Program

Grade Level: to

"Animals use their senses to communicate and survive in

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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: $95 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: $95 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

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: $95 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

Physics of Play - Wilmington State Parks - Outreach Program

Grade Level: K to K

Through hands-on activities using items they play with every day, children will begin to explore the world of physics and how objects move and fall. Please note: this program needs a location with enough space to conduct physics experiments.

Fee: $95 per program

Standards: K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2

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: $95 per program

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