Eco-Explorers is a free field trip program designed for fifth grade classes in Delaware. Content and activities are linked to the Delaware Ecosystems science unit endorsed by the Delaware Department of Education, used by nearly all districts in the state. Science teachers who participate in the program are provided with information and materials they can use to teach their classes about the salt marsh ecosystem. The highlight of this program is a field trip to the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna. At the Center, groups of students rotate through six eco-stations where they do guided field work to reinforce what they learned in the classroom.
Eco-Explorer field trips are very "hands-on" and the students are able to complete activities that real scientists would perform when studying ecosystems. Activities are led by a talented and knowledgeable staff of employees and volunteers.
Field Trip Seasons
There are two sets of field trips each school year. The fall season runs from mid-September through mid-November. The spring season starts in late March and continues until the end of May.