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Phone: 609.742.5656
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These hands-on science programs are a favorite of many teachers when it comes to in-class field trips. They provide students with a non-traditional science lesson, as well as information about their local ecosystem, right at their own school.

  • Available during the school year
  • Pre-K through K programs are 30 minutes each; all other programs are 45-60 minutes unless otherwise noted; Field Study Programs are an average of 120 minutes in length
  • Most classroom EcoVentures are $4.50/student unless otherwise noted; Field Study Programs have flat rate fees. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS OFTEN AVAILABLE! Contact us for more info.
  • There is a minimum requirement of 25 participants per program—same site, same day—with a minimum of two programs held per site, per day. There is a maximum of four programs per site, per day (excluding Field Study Programs). Larger groups can be accommodated through multiple visits.
  • Registration for all EcoVentures should be made at least two weeks in advance. Full payment is due upon arrival each day.


Grades K-12
What better way to reward your students than with a fun day on the beach? Students will learn to boogieboard and skimboard all while learning about the dynamic processes that take place along the beachline. Learn about tidal movments and beach erosion while enjoying a fun day in the sun! EcoVentures staff will meet your class at the beach and will have all the supplies waiting. Students should wear bathing suits and prepare to get wet!

Grades K-12
Get ready to spend the day working as a marine biologist. Students will explore a saltwater coastline conducting field work including taking water chemistry readings, pulling a seine net to discover shoreline biodiversity, and observe the shoreline inhabitants. EcoVentures staff will meet your class out in the field and will have all the supplies waiting. Students should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to get your legs wet!

Grades K-12
Coastal wetlands are among the most important and productive ecosystems on Earth. In this field study program, students will enter the wetlands to experience them first hand while observing and identifying the plants and animals that inhabit the wetlands through use of a field guide. The field guides will provide a visual match to the plants and animals in the wetlands while also providing some background information and historical importance for the area’s original inhabitants, the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Students should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to get muddy.

Grades K-12
Students will enter the forest to observe and identify trees and birds, with the occasional sighting of animal tracks. Using a field guide, students will work in groups to find and identify birds and trees, while recording their findings in their field manuals. Students will also learn about the history and geology of the site, including historical importance. Students should wear sturdy shoes and be dressed in comfortable clothing.

Grades 2-12
Squid are a critical part of the marine ecosystem all over the world—they also possess several extremely unique biological adaptations that allow them to thrive in oceans all over the world. Students will observe and identify the inner and outer workings of this incredible mollusk while learning about their one-of-a-kind organs and anatomical parts. Students will work in groups to dissect their squid using scissors.

Pre K-Grade 3
Gyotaku (ghee-Oh-ta-koo) is an ancient Japanese art form that allowed some of the earliest fishermen to keep a visual record of their prize catch before cameras were invented, while also enabling them to eat their catch for dinner. Literally translated, gyotaku means “fish rubbing" in Japanese. In this arts and crafts based lab, students will receive a model fish then identify the various body parts of the fish, all while making their own gyotaku. After the fish printing, students will create their own habitat for their fish and have a beautiful work of art to take home with them!

Pre K-Grade 5
There are almost 1,000 species of birds that can be seen in the United States but there are about 10,000 species of birds found throughout the world! Students will learn about some of the more unique birds in the world as well as the birds that they may be able to find in their own backyard. This hands-on program will include education on avian adaptations, migratory routes, and the importance of the Delmarva region in relation to bird stop-overs. Students will also learn how to attract various bird species to their own yard.

Grades 2-12
Owls are just one of the many birds of prey that inhabit the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Like many birds, owls often swallow their meals whole. Because of the owl’s inability to digest all of the animal parts, like bones and fur, the owls must regurgitate the parts that they cannot digest before eating their next meal. The regurgitated part, called an owl pellet, contains all sorts of information that scientists can use to study owls. Students will work in groups to pick through their owl pellet, and then use a dichotomous key to identify what their owl had for a meal based on the small bones found in the pellets. ($9.50/student)

Grades Pre K-5
From snakes and alligators to frogs and salamanders, this program will show students how these resilient animals have survived so long. The interactive program will provide examples of multiple types of amphibians and reptiles, including biofacts, and will teach students about cold blooded animals. Students will also learn what the difference is between a reptile and amphibian and will go through several identification activities to see how well they can identify some of the assorted species found in our area.

Grades 3-12
In the terrarium lab, students will learn about the importance of plants in nature and the interconnectivity of all organisms in a given ecosystem. Using simple household items, students will create their own take-home terrarium to provide a hands-on lesson in the life cycle of plants and their importance within our world. Each student will create their own model terrarium in a water bottle to care for and then replant outside when fully grown. With any luck, their plants will be pollinated, create seeds, and they can start a new terrarium on their own!





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