In-House Field Trips at Eco Adventures

 
 
 
HOLD ON TIGHT…this is no ordinary field trip! Sure you can go to the local zoo or aquarium and see some amazing animals, if you can fight through the crowds that is. At Eco Adventures you won't just get to see amazing animals, you will get to EXPERIENCE them, up close and personal in a hands-on way, and all under the safe direction of our expert instructors. Our staff is made up of biologists, environmentalists, scientists, artists, and educators, that will guide you through themed rooms consisting of a simulated 2 story rain forest, an erupting volcano, a crocodile lagoon, and a gigantic 20 foot long python exhibit.

Visitors will also be transported underwater when they experience our Underwater Discovery Room, where you'll dive into all things aquatic, though no need to hold your breath here!! As the sounds of lapping waves and rippling water visuals delight the senses, visitors will be introduced to terrapins, crabs, eels, salamanders, sharks, alligators, and many more critters that might just live under your pier! Students will definitely learn a lot here, and they don't even get their feet, though maybe their hands slimed a little!
Upon request, larger groups will also get to encounter our “Wild Africa” exhibit, to learn about extreme weather and cool animal adaptations. Another favorite at Eco Adventures is the “Bone Yard” where students get down and dirty experiencing our Fossil Dig Site, where they uncover ancient shark teeth, fossils, and gems. Visitors to Eco Adventures will encounter animals and learn about topics related to grade specific curriculum and science standards.
New this year: HANDS-ON CHESAPEAKE! - which focuses on the Chesapeake Bay. See Outreach description.

Rotations Options: (25 mins each) Pick 2-6 depending on group size
Station 1: Rainforest Adventure
Station 2: Chesapeake Bay/Native Species/Ocean Habitats
Station 3: Fossil Dig/Pan for gold at the Sleuice
Station 4: Africa: Animal Adaptations/Life cycles/desert habitats/train a lizard
Station 5: Oh Deer/Food Web game
Station 6: Animal Training/Feeding demonstration
Take it from someone on the front lines, a recent visiting teacher from Annapolis Area Christian School, who proclaimed: “The best field trip ever and I have been teaching over 20 years .“ Please move forward and plan a visit on The WILD SIDE, where you can touch, see, and “Experience the Extraordinary” at Eco Adventures!

Sample Schedule

Sample itinerary for one group 20 or under

10-10:15 arrival welcome, rules
10:15-10:45 Chesapeake Bay Intro- meet live native animals (terrapin, box turtle, kingsnake, toads/frogs, crab/oysters)
10:45-11:15 nature hike scavenger hunt (Bug cups, nets, etc/clean up while we hike and look for critters) wetlands activity or Oh Deer game
11:20-11:40- sea turtle sand castles activity
11:45-12:15 lunch
12:15-12:55 seining for aquatic fish, moon jellies, inverts etc.
1:00-1:25 clean up/change/bathrooms
1:30 departure

Prices:
Up to 20 students $350 (park entrance fee is additional) If you go on a bus it is $4 per child over 8 years old and need to make a reservation to drop off. Cars are a flat fee and may be cheaper.

*Please note Field trip # of rotation/times depends on total amount of students. Min of 1.5 hours per group plus 30 min lunch
*Each field trip aligns with MD State Science Standards
*This program counts towards the requirements for GREEN SCHOOL CERTIFICATION.
Topics include but not limited to: STEM, food Chain, bio-diversity, Life Cycles, conservation, habitats/destruction of habitats, erosion, adaptations, animal rescue, problem solving, fossils/extinction, geology, archaeology, inheritance of traits, hibernation, extreme climates and patterns, technology/research methods, scientific method, scientific inquiry.
*Please note we charge for the minimum amount of children noted on the contract unless otherwise notified at least one day prior. Adjustments can be made the day of if there are a few more children or chaperones the day of. However, we need to know in advance of any changes in the count due to making changes in our staff. For that reason, there are no refunds given if there are “no show” children the day of as we have already scheduled the appropriate staff. We thank you for your understanding.
 

Prices:

 
$230 minimum or $12 per student
*Teachers are free. Chaperones welcome: $7 per chaperone (1 chaperone for every 10 kids is free)
*Summer CAMP pricing: base price is $240, or $12 per student

Animal Rescue 911!

Maybe at some point you've found an abandoned baby bird...a opossum in your attic...or yikes a snake in the garage! What do you do...you call Rescue 911!!! When an animal is in distress it's up to experts to come to the rescue, and that is exactly what this program is all about, Animal Rescue 911. Sometimes it's a box turtle but at times it can be a gigantic croc, or a half ton manatee. Each and every rescue requires different expertise. Participants in Rescue 911 will learn all about why animals need rescuing- or even not! Meet and interact with some of Ecoadventures very own rescued animals, and learn about their amazing back stories! From Wally, our gator that was found in the icy waters of Lake Michigan, to our terrapin babies that were discovered taped to the body of an apprehended smuggler, or Flacco the caiman left behind in a deserted house by irresponsible owners. These amazing animal stories are living, breathing examples of many of the conservation issues in todays' world, from poaching to pollution, entanglement to irresponsible pet ownership, and much more! Experience an exciting demo on how we catch some uncooperative alligators AND participate in a “Mock Rescue” of a dolphin. It’s all hands-on as students learn how to make a difference with the power of knowledge...and Animal Rescue 911!

10:00 AM Arrival 10:00 – 10:15 AM Introduction in the Rainforest
10:15 – 11:40 AM 1st Rotation: Rainforest
11:40 – 11:10 AM 2nd Rotation: Africa
11:10 – 11:25 AM 3rd Rotation: Underwater Discovery Room-
11:25 – 11:55 AM *Fossil Dig or Game or Training option or customizable station
12:00 – 12:30 PM Optional Lunch "Pixie Hollow" picnic tables outside (In winter- in rainforest)

OUTDOOR FIELD TRIPS - Call to inquire.

Sandy Point State Park- Seine for native aquatic creatures, learn about wetlands, do a beach walk and clean up, Food web game, and see live native animals and enjoy a picnic lunch all in one field trip.

Kinder Farm Park- TURTLE TACULAR!

Want your kids involved with turtle research? Help trap turtles, measure, weigh ID them. Take a nature hike, play food web game and have a picnic lunch.
 
 

Want a SPECIAL FIELD TRIP Appearance that encourages reading?

 
Snake Touching — Outdoor Education in Millersville, MD
 
SPECIAL FREE APPEARANCE BY DR. BRADY BARR: Meet owner and National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr, world renown herpetologist as seen on his TV shows “Dr. Brady Barr Experience” and “Dangerous Encounters” and author of National Geographic chapter books “Scrapes with Snakes” and “Crocodile Encounters”. Dr. Brady's newest book just won best books of 2016 by National Teachers' Association for “After A While Crocodile”.Get a “Meet and Greet” and autograph session during lunch. Students have the option to bring money or pre-purchase one of his books. Please inquire based on Dr. Barr's schedule.
 

Testimonials:

Take it from someone on the front lines, a recent visiting teacher from Annapolis Area Christian School, who proclaimed: “The best field trip ever and I have been teaching over 20 years .“ Please move forward and plan a visit on The WILD SIDE, where you can touch, see, and “Experience the Extraordinary” at Eco Adventures!”

WOW! My son had the opportunity to come through Eco Adventures this morning with his class from Woods Memorial. I am a teacher and absolutely was impressed with the smooth way your team ran their adventure today. The presentations were easy to understand and we knew we were dealing with professionals as soon as our program began, so thank you, on this rainy, rainy day. (and I read the Baltimore Sun article from a while ago and, again, wow-80 countries-your training and hard work to bring this location to life is inspiring)

-Shawn Elizabeth