Prepare for a Field Study
In the field study activity at a local national park, you will work in assigned groups for any number of activities. For the best experience, read the following guidelines carefully.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to easily move, hike, bend, and climb. You may gather data in a wet and muddy environment, so choose clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.
- Dress for the weather. In cool weather, wear layers of clothing to keep you warm in the early morning that you can remove later in the day or while working. If the forecast calls for possible rain, wear a waterproof jacket hat, and shoes, and bring a plastic bag for your materials.
- Even in warm weather, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt as protection from poison ivy and briars. You may be in a wooded area or walk through tall grass.
Things to Bring
- There will be no place to buy food. You must bring a bag lunch and plenty to drink, preferably water. The hotter the weather, the more you should bring to drink. Pack your lunch and drinks in a backpack or bag that you can easily carry into and out of your park work site.
- Keeping in the ecology-minded spirit, make your lunch as trash-free as possible. Some areas and parks have no trashcans. What you pack in you must pack out. Remember, there is nothing beautiful about trash.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.
A Rewarding Experience
- Now that you know the materials to bring, remember to also bring a positive attitude to the experience. Be willing to participate in new adventures and to enter into new things.
- While you’re in the park, consider how parks can educate, inspire, and provoke thought.
- Remember, no collecting of any type is permitted.
- Take only photographs. Leave only footprints.