Field Trips

Ecosystem Discovery Walk

Grades K-2
1.5 hours

Younger students are challenged to use all of their senses to discover their local landscape through a guided walk on our trails.  Students will also participate in mini-investigations that use their natural curiosity to explore basic ecosystem concepts such as food and interaction webs and the living and non-living components of an ecosystem.

Up to 30 students:  $75
30 – 60 students: $150
There is a maximum of 60 students per visit.

Water Life – The Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems

Grades 3-12
3 hours

Learn about the web of life in our local creeks and rivers by observing and identifying some of the smallest of critters – macroinvertebrates!   These small aquatic invertebrates are used as indicators of water quality and play an important role in the stream food web.  Students will participate in ecological research as they collect, identify, and then compare these organisms from two sections of Wappinger Creek. 

Up to 30 students: $100
30 – 60 students: $200
There is a maximum of 60 students per visit.

Young Environmental Scientist Network (YES-Net)

The YES- Net program offers student and teachers the opportunity to join a community of learners. The program promotes data literacy and teaches basic ecological concepts through a blended structure of field experiences and classroom instruction. During the field experience students participate in authentic data collection while being immersed in our local natural ecosystems. Two pre and two post in-classroom lessons help to extend the field trip experience, providing a deeper understanding of concepts student experience hands-on while out in the field.

Stream Ecology Unit

Grades 6-8
Four, 40 minute classroom lessons; One 3-hr field trip

Help us track macroinvertebrate populations in the Wappinger Creek! An expansion of our Water Life Field Trip, the 5 lesson stream ecology unit consists of two in-classroom pre lessons and two in-classroom post lessons, plus a field trip to the Cary Institute. The lessons focus on life cycles, abiotic and biotic factors, data analysis and phenology. Cary educators teach two of the lessons and support teacher-led instruction for the remaining two. This program gives students and teachers an opportunity to expand their knowledge of some of ecology's "big ideas" as well as gives context to the field trip experience. Unit can be adapted to your local stream, call for more information.

Five lesson unit - 4 classroom lessons taught by Cary Educator, 1 field trip

Up to 30 students: $200
30-60 students: $300
(each additional field trip - $100)
There is a maximum of 60 students per field trip.

 

Water on the Move: Exploring the Local Water Cycle

Grades 3-12
3 hours

The local water cycle comes to life on our trails as students participate in mini-investigations that include stops along our creeks, wetlands, and forests.  Our educators use watershed models and groundwater wells to illustrate the sources of our drinking water and the impacts that humans have on this valuable resource.

Up to 30 students: $100
30 – 60 students: $200
There is a maximum of 60 students per visit.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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