Serendipity Hikes  for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Join us Wednesday mornings at 10 am for educational hikes of our 232 acres on a variety of topics. Small groups limited to 10, $10 per student.

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 Join us this fall for two-hour in person hands on learning stations and guided hikes that align with Howard County Public School System Curriculum. Programs are for ages 6-16 and cover topics including habitats, soils, trees, stream health and more! After school, daytime and weekend sessions are available for groups of 10 or less, with a minimum of 5, at $15 per student. All students must bring a science notebook and a pencil. Elementary trips are Mondays 4:15-6:00 and Thursdays 10:30-12:15, middle school Wednesdays 9 -11 and high school 4:00-5:15 , advance registration required. Explore program details below.

  Elementary School Programs

Animal Habitat Exploration

Students will explore our meadows, forests, and streams to track the native animals that live in each habitat. While tracking, students will discover signs of wildlife activity and look for clues to determine what species left them behind. They will visit one of our animal ambassadors, getting up close to learn about the habitat needs and evaluate the traits that allow individuals in a species to thrive in the ecosystem. Minimum of 5 students. 

*These programs are not a series program. The multiple dates offered are to give various options for attendance. 

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Soil Science Exploration

Students will get their hands dirty as they learn techniques used by soil scientists to discover soil texture, cohesiveness, and composition. They will explore the soil horizons using soil probes and compare soil from different sites around Mt. Pleasant. Students will discover the rocks beneath us, identify erosion and evaluate ways to prevent it from occurring, and gain a greater appreciation for the importance of soil in the lives of plants, animals, and humans. Minimum of 5 students. 

*These programs are not a series program. The multiple dates offered are to give various options for attendance.

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  Middle School Programs

Woodland Exploration

Join Conservancy experts to uncover superhero trees and their amazing, and often overlooked, super powers. In addition to researching tree’s super senses, student scientists will learn to identify keystone tree species, collect data on trees along our forested trails, and visit our Champion White Oak to learn how forest life is connected and interwoven. Minimum of 5 students.

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Hike the Watershed

Student scientists will hike along the watershed to learn about our newly restored Davis Branch stream and its design to increase biodiversity both in and around the stream. Then, students will learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates and their importance as bioindicators of stream health. Students will also investigate basic water chemistry and study the physical parameters of the stream. Students will need to wear water shoes, rain boots, or old gym shoes. Minimum of 5 students.

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  High School Programs 

Watershed Report Card

Join us in our 7th year of the Watershed Report Card Program. 9th grade Student Scientists are invited to collect and identify biological stream data at a stream close to their home school. All of the data will be analyzed and compared to data collected over the few years. Student Scientists will report out their findings at the Watershed Summit in April 2021. There is one stream date for each high school. Please see your lead watershed teacher if you would like to be considered for a scholarship for this field experience

REGISTRATION AND AVAILABILITY  (see schedule below)

9/23/2020

Wednesday

Centennial HS

9/24/2020

Thursday

River Hill HS

9/25/2020

Friday

OMHS

9/29/2020

Tuesday

MRHS

9/30/2020

Wednesday

GHS

10/1/2020

Thursday

LRHS

10/2/2020

Thursday

WLHS

10/5/2020

Monday

Howard

10/6/2020

Tuesday

Mt. Hebron

10/7/2020

Wednesday

Hammond

10/8/2020

Thursday

Homewood

10/9/2020

Friday

Atholton

10/13/2020

Tuesday

Reservoir

Climate Change Institute

The goal of this program is to establish, educate, and empower Howard County Student Climate Ambassadors in creating awareness and understanding of global climate change. They will identify and initiate actions in their communities that lessen the adverse effects of climate change on human health, biodiversity, and the economy.  More details can be found here. 10th grade students are invited to apply to the 1st Climate Change Institute by September 20th