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Eco-Explorer Teacher Information


The Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) invites you to participate with your students in a free field trip program for fifth grade. The Eco-Explorers program utilizes an "eco-station" approach in which groups of approximately 10 students rotate through a series of hands-on outdoor activities, investigating various components and connections in a salt marsh ecosystem.

Eco-station activities include water chemistry, food webs, plant and animal adaptations, and other ecological topics.  All activities have been correlated with state Science Standards and assessment of student learning is embedded in the program.

Field Trips
Field trips are offered in spring and fall, and can accommodate two classes (up to 60 students) at a time. Each field trip lasts approximately 3 hours, including a lunch break. There is no charge for a field trip, aside from the transportation costs of getting students to and from the AREC.  

In order to participate in this program, teachers must:

  • Have received Science Coalition sponsored training in, and be currently using, the Smithsonian Ecosystems kit
  • Attend an orientation workshop at the AREC
  • Participate in pre/post student learning outcome and teacher practice impact assessments
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the AREC on the day of your scheduled field trip
  • Provide one chaperone for every 10 children, plus two adults to lead an activity

Teachers/Schools participating in the program will receive the following benefits:

  • A free field trip to compliment/enhance learning from the Ecosystems classroom module
  • Three contact hours through the Delaware Teacher's Center for attending the workshop
  • Pre/post activity packets and other resource materials for wetlands education/enrichment

To Participate
If you are interested in participating in the program, or would like more information, contact Mary Rivera at 302-735-8666 or Application forms are sent out by email. Available dates fill up very quickly so it is best to email your completed application back immediately.

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