Three Day, Two Night Program

kids on fallen treeNew this school year, we are offering a three day, two night program at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center!*

Local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay will provide the context for teaching fifth-grade science standards that cover scientific inquiry; movement of water through the water cycle (earth science); and inheritance in living organisms, adaptation, and survival (life science). This three day, two night overnight Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) includes outdoor activities and project-based experiences that collect and analyze data.

The program includes:

  • Three-day, two-night overnight field study that engages students in environmental education programming (watershed and sustainability lessons) and team-building activities
  • Two classroom visits (before and after the field study) by professional environmental educators
  • All program fees, food, lodging, and transportation costs*

ReflectionsDay 1 of the program consists of two classes: Team Building and Farm Life Exploration. Each group of 10 to 15 students will complete both classes with a Trash Free lunch in between. The day typically runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Day 2 of the program begins at 9:00am with a morning bird walk. Students spend the remainder of the day learning about the watershed through a series of interactive activities and classes including the Habitat Hike to explore wetlands, Accokeek Creek, and the Potomac River. The day includes a Trash Free lunch and typically runs until 4:00pm, followed by a Wagon Ride to the Potomac River (weather permitting).

Day 3 of the program begins at 8:00am in the barnyard for Cow Milking and Antique Tools or Children’s Garden. We will be in the garden during the warmer weather and the Antique Tools Class will be taught during the colder months. The students will participate in a role playing activity, Who Polluted the Potomac?, that reveals students’ connection to the environment of the Potomac River.

*For 5th grade students from Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia this program is FREE through a partnership with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), details available at ddoe.dc.gov/service/overnight-meaningful-watershed-educational-experience; for all other grades and locations visit our Two Night Program information page for details and pricing.

*An alternate program may be available for the classes listed above, please contact the program manager for details.

Fees: please call 301-292-5665 or e-mail the program manager at [email protected]. No fee for teachers and one chaperone for each 10-15 students. Parents and additional chaperones may be charged at the student rate. Group size is limited to one class of no more than 40 students.

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center is one of three partner organizations participating in this program to provide overnight MWEEs to students in the District’s Wards 7 and 8. To find out which organization’s site your school will visit, contact Brenda Wright, Program Manager at [email protected].

Scheduling: For information about scheduling visit our scheduling page or call 301-292-5665.

Teachers

**Note: we must receive the following completed paper work at least two weeks prior to your trip:

  • Field Study Confirmation sheets (pages 18-19 in the Teacher Handbook) must be completed and faxed to Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center
  • Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center Student Registration, Medical Information, and Participation Agreement form (in the Teacher and Parent Handbooks) must be completed, signed, and returned for EACH student attending the trip. Students without a signed and completed Agreement form will not be permitted at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center.

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Parents

**Note: A Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center Student Registration, Medical Information, and Participation Agreement form (page 11 in the Parent Handbook) must be completed, signed, and returned for EACH student attending the trip. Students without a signed and completed Agreement form will not be permitted at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center.

Get Ready For a Field Study

Additional information on the Overnight Meaningful Watershed Education Experience for District Students found here.

Prepare Your Child

Additional Opportunities

Additional information on the Overnight Meaningful Watershed Education Experience for District Students found here.

Students

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