Trips by Grade Level

  • Our field trips are molded around NC Essential Standards.
  • We offer lessons that can be taken back to the classroom with a new sense of connection and understanding.
  • Each trip is designed for a specific grade level and includes a planetarium option.
  • Click on your grade level below to see the activities included in your trip!
Pre-K or Kindergarten

To Be A Tree

K.P.2.2 Compare the observable physical properties of different kinds of materials (clay, wood, cloth, paper, etc) from which objects are made and how they are used.

K.E.1.1 Infer that change is something that happens to many things in the environment based on observations made using one or more of their senses

K.L.1.2 Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their: • Structure • Growth • Changes • Movement • Basic needs

Natural Building and Play

K.P.2.1 Classify objects by observable physical properties (including size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility).

K.P.1.2 Give examples of different ways objects and organisms move (to include falling to the ground when dropped ): • Straight • Zigzag • Round and round Back and forth • Fast and slow

Leaf Prints

K.P.2.1 Classify objects by observable physical properties (including size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility).

K.L.1.2 Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their: • Structure • Growth • Changes • Movement • Basic needs

Animals with Super Powers

K.P.1.1 Compare the relative position of various objects observed in the classroom and outside using position words such as: in front of, behind, between, on top of, under, above, below and beside.

 K.L.1.1 Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal.

K.L.1.2 Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their: • Structure • Growth • Changes • Movement • Basic needs

1st Grade

Trees as Habitats

1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

1.L.2.2 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth.

Pollination Game

1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.

1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).

Soil Size

1.L.2.1 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants

1.E.2.1 Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils and water that make them useful in different ways.

1.E.2.2 Compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating their capacity to retain water, nourish and support the growth of certain plants

Trail Hike

1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.

1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).

2nd Grade

Trail Hike
2.L.1.2 Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs.

2.L.2 Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.

2.L.2.1 Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.

2.L.2.2 Recognize that there is variation among individuals that are related.

Why Weather

2.E.1.1 Summarize how energy from the sun serves as a source of light that warms the land, air and water.

2.E.1.2 Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: • Temperature • Wind direction • Wind speed • Precipitation

2.E.1.3 Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year.

2.E.1.4 Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons.

Sounds Around

2.P.1.1 Illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and columns of air.

2.P.1.2 Summarize the relationship between sound and objects of the body that vibrate – eardrum and vocal cords.

Animal Autographs

2.L.2.1 Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.

3rd Grade

Soil Particle Size

3.L.2.4 Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.

Learning in the Garden

3.L.2.1 Remember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: • Roots – absorb nutrients • Stems – provide support • Leaves – synthesize food • Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction

3.L.2.2 Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow

3.L.2.3 Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.

Trail Hike

3.L.2.1 Remember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: • Roots – absorb nutrients • Stems – provide support • Leaves – synthesize food • Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction

3.L.2.2 Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow. Soil is made up   of different types of particles that we classify as sand, silt, and clay. Clay is the smallest particle, sand is the largest.

3.L.2.3 Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.

Solar Stroll

3.E.1.1 Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons and the earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.

3.E.1.2 Recognize that changes in the length and direction of an object’s shadow indicate the apparent changing position of the Sun during the day although the pattern.

4th Grade

Camouflage Potatoes

4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.

Birds of Bunaroo Bay

4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

4.L1.3 Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).

4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.

Trail Hike

6.L.2.1 Summarize how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within food chains and food webs (terrestrial and aquatic) from producers to consumers to decomposers.

Recycled Paper Making

4.L1.3 Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).

4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.

5th Grade

Build-A-Bug

5.L.3.1 Explain why organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.

5.L.3.2 Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some that are not.

Web of Life

5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).

5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.

Trail Ride

5.L.2.1 Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.

5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).

5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.

Journey of a Water Molecule

5.P.2.1 Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle (including evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and runoff).

5.E.1.1 Compare daily and seasonal changes in weather conditions (including wind speed and direction, precipitation, and temperature) and patterns.

6th Grade

Solar Stroll

6.E.1.1 Explain how the relative motion and relative position of the sun, Earth and moon affect the seasons, tides, phases of the moon, and eclipses.

6.E.1.2 Explain why Earth sustains life while other planets do not based on their properties (including types of surface, atmosphere and gravitational force) and location to the Sun.

Trail Hike

6.L.2.1 Summarize how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within food chains and food webs (terrestrial and aquatic) from producers to consumers to decomposers.

Mallard, Mallard, Merganser

7.L.2 Understand the relationship of the mechanisms of cellular reproduction, patterns of inheritance and external factors to potential variation among offspring.

Learning in the Garden

6.L.1.1 Summarize the basic structures and functions of flowering plants required for survival, reproduction and defense.

6.L.1.2 Explain the significance of the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration to the survival of green plants and other organisms.

6.L.2.1 Summarize how energy derived from the sun is used by plants to produce sugars (photosynthesis) and is transferred within food chains and food webs (terrestrial and aquatic) from producers to consumers to decomposers.

7th Grade

Trail Hike

7.E.1.2 Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on
Earth.

7.E.1.6 Conclude that the good health of humans requires: monitoring the atmosphere, maintaining air quality and stewardship.

Dragonfly Diversity

7.L.2 Understand the relationship of the mechanisms of cellular reproduction, patterns of inheritance and external factors to potential variation among offspring.

8th Grade

Trail Hike

8.L.3.1 Explain how factors such as food, water, shelter and space affect populations in an ecosystem.
8.L.3.2 Summarize the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers including the positive and negative consequences of such interactions including:
• Coexistence and cooperation
• Competition (predator/prey)
• Parasitism
• Mutualism

8.L.3.3 Explain how the flow of energy within food webs is interconnected with the cycling of matter (including water, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen).

Benthic Bugs

8.E.1.3 Predict the safety and potability of water supplies in North Carolina based on physical and biological factors, including:
• Temperature
• Dissolved oxygen
• pH
• Nitrates and phosphates
• Turbidity
• Bio-indicators

.8.E.1.1 Explain the structure of the hydrosphere including:
• Water distribution on earth
• Local river basins and water availability

8.E.1.2 Summarize evidence that Earth’s oceans are a reservoir of nutrients, minerals, dissolved gases, and life forms:
• Estuaries
• Marine ecosystems
• Value and sustainability of marine resources

Waders/Nets

8.E.1.4 Conclude that the good health of humans requires:
• Monitoring of the hydrosphere
• Water quality standards
• Methods of water treatment
• Maintaining safe water quality
• Stewardship

Coordinating a Record of the Past

8.E.2.1 Infer the age of Earth and relative age of rocks and fossils from index fossils and ordering of rock layers (relative dating and radioactive dating).

8.E.2.2 Explain the use of fossils, ice cores, composition of sedimentary rocks, faults, and igneous rock formations found in rock layers as evidence of the history of the Earth and its changing life forms.

High School

We offer a variety of activities catered to high school students including: soil and water quality testing, ecosystem studies, macro invertebrate identification, energy cycling, and more. Each of these lessons involve higher order thinking skills and can be enhanced to meet the needs of your students and your curriculum.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We can customize a program to fit your needs. Fill out the form on our field trips page or give us a call.

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