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Field and Stream Day

A full day experience at the Conservancy for $16 per student* ($160 minimum per class)  *Teacher pre-trip packets and staff briefing meeting included!

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

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!"                                                                   

Introduction to Stream Communities:
Travel to the East Branch Creek and uncover the secrets of life in a stream community. How does the energy needed to sustain life travel through this community? Good question! We’ll find out as we meet a variety of animals, get our boots wet, search for animal homes, and investigate this remarkable watery environment!                                                       

What the teachers are saying:  
Wow!  We were blown away by our experience at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy!  Your enthusiasm for working with children is contagious.  The Field and Stream experiences were quite powerful.  The children and parents were so engaged in each of the activities planned! 
- 2nd Grade Teachers, Souderton Charter School Collaborative

We thought this was an awesome field trip experience.  It tied in perfectly with our science curriculum.  Everyone there was extremely knowledgeable and the students thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities.  Excellent job! 
- 2nd Grade Teacher, Schwenksville Elementary

Thank you so much for this valuable experience.  I am not the most nature-friendly person, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!  I have a new respect for the outdoors! 
- 2nd Grade Teacher, Washington Elementary

What students are saying:


PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:
3.3.4B: Determine how different parts of a living thing work together to make the organism function.
3.5.4D: Recognize the earth’s different water resources.
· Know that approximately three-fourths of the earth is covered by water.
· Identify and describe types of fresh and salt-water bodies.
· Identify examples of water in the form of solid, liquid and gas on or near the surface of the earth.
· Explain and illustrate evaporation and condensation.
· Recognize other resources available from water (e.g., energy, transportation, minerals, food).
4.1.7.D: Explain and describe characteristics of a wetland.
· Identify specific characteristics of wetland plants and soils.
· Recognize the common types of plants and animals.
· Describe different types of wetlands.
· Describe the different functions of a wetland.
4.1.4D: Identify a wetland and the plants and animals found there.
· Identify different kinds of wetlands.
· Identify plants and animals found in wetlands.
· Explain wetlands as habitats for plants and animals.
4.1.4.C: Identify living things found in water environments.
· Identify fish, insects and amphibians that are found in fresh water.
· Identify plants found in fresh water.
4.1.7E: Describe the impact of watersheds and wetlands on people.
· Explain the impact of watersheds and wetlands in flood control, wildlife habitats and pollution abatement.
· Explain the influence of flooding on wetlands.
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