Exploring Field Communities

Out of our “magic bag” come the four abiotic essentials needed to support life in the field community. With these in tow we take off on a consumer hunt, identify the producers, “Get Down!” with the decomposers, and make mini-communities of our own! A great opportunity to support classroom learning “in the field”!

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$10 per student, at the Conservancy($100 minimum fee per class)

For more information or for reservations contact: contacting Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or loltman@perkiomenwatershed.org.

What the students are saying:

I learned so much that I didn't know about communities.  I would love to come again and learn even more! 
- 2nd Grade Student, Audubon Elementary School

What the teachers are saying: 
This was the best field trip.  The children learned so much.  Can't wait until next year! 
-2nd Grade Teacher
I enjoyed the entire day.  I was delighted with the organization and knowledge of the staff. 
-2nd Grade Teacher

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson:
4.1.4.E: Recognize the impact of watersheds and wetlands on animals and plants.
· Explain the role of watersheds in everyday life.
· Identify the role of watersheds and wetlands for plants and animals.
4.2.4.A: Identify needs of people.
· Identify plants, animals, water, air, minerals and fossil fuels as natural resources.
· Explain air, water and nutrient cycles.
· Identify how the environment provides for the needs of people.
4.3.4.A: Know that plants, animals and humans are dependent on air and water.
· Know that all living things need air and water to survive.
· Identify things that cause sickness when put into the air, water or soil.
· Identify different areas where health can be affected by air, water or land pollution.
· Identify actions that can prevent or reduce waste pollution.
4.3.4.C: Understand that the elements of natural systems are interdependent.
· Identify some of the organisms that live together in an ecosystem.
· Understand that the components of a system all play a part in a healthy natural system.
· Identify the effects of a healthy environment on the ecosystem.
4.4.4.C: Know that food and fiber originate from plants and animals.
· Define and identify food and fiber.
· Identify what plants and animals need to grow.
· Identify agricultural products that are local and regional.
· Describe the journey of a local agricultural product from production to the consumer.
4.6.4.A: Understand that living things are dependent on nonliving things in the environment for survival.
· Identify and categorize living and nonliving things.
· Describe the basic needs of an organism.
· Identify basic needs of a plant and an animal and explain how their needs are met.
· Identify plants and animals with their habitat and food sources.
· Identify environmental variables that affect plant growth.
· Describe how animals interact with plants to meet their needs for shelter.
· Describe how certain insects interact with soil for their needs.
· Understand the components of a food chain.
· Identify a local ecosystem and its living and nonliving components.
· Identify a simple ecosystem and its living and nonliving components.
· Identify common soil textures.
· Identify animals that live underground.
4.6.7.A: Identify niches for producers, consumers and decomposers within an ecosystem