Multi-Day Programs

 

Virtual Meaningful Watershed Education Program

 

The Overnight Meaningful Watershed Education (MWEE) Program has gone virtual! Below you will find our program options. Schools and teachers may choose a structure based on their needs and availability. The program structures were designed to be flexible and can be adapted to best fit the changing needs of your virtual classroom.

 

Option 1: Stewardship Action Project

Engage students in the MWEE process to implement an environmental action project in their homes and/or school. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement. Each meeting runs for 30-60 minutes.

Meeting 1: Environmental Lense. Introduce MWEE and project goals. Assign Environmental Inventory.

Meeting 2: Building Background Knowledge. Review results from environmental inventory. Make a list of issues.

Meeting 3: Review list of issues. Choose an issue to move forward with. Brainstorm solutions. Teacher/Provider will identify any knowledge gaps that may need further background knowledge building or research.

Meeting 4: Provide additional background knowledge activities or review student research and update solutions. Choose a solution. Plan for action.

Meeting 5: Review, celebrate and share action project(s).

 

Option 3: Environmental Scientists

Engage students in hands-on or interactive lessons which will provide students background knowledge of local environmental issues related to each category of Waste, Water, Biodiversity and Energy. The teacher will then use these experiences to lead the class in developing an action project students can implement in their homes or school. Each meeting runs for 30-60 minutes.

Meeting 1: Water themed activities and teambuilding.

Meeting 2: Waste themed activities and teambuilding.

Meeting 3: Biodiversity themed activities and teambuilding.

Meeting 4: Energy/Sustainability themed activities and teambuilding.

Meeting 5: Synthesis and conclude all they have learned by brainstorming issues and solutions they discovered throughout each session.

 

Option 3: Virtual Camp

Engage students in an extended experience with multiple interactions which will give students the chance to build camaraderie and encourage students to get outside to connect with nature. Each meeting runs for 3 hours.

Meeting 1: Teambuilding, Watershed lesson, hands-on outdoor lesson (away from computer), meet back up.

Meeting 2: Teambuilding, Habitat Lesson, hands-on outdoor lesson (away from computer), meet back up.

Meeting 3: Teambuilding, Adaptations lesson, hands-on outdoor lesson (away from computer), meet back up.

 

To schedule a program, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator, Kayla David at [email protected]

Funding for Overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience is provided from the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment.

 

 

 


 

Overnight Meaningful Watershed Education Program

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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*
Reflections

 

Day 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 in District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools, this program is FREE through a partnership with the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), 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.

Fees: Please call 301-292-5665 or e-mail the program manager at [email protected].

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center is one of three partner organizations participating in this program to provide overnight MWEEs to students in the District of Columbia. To find out which organization’s site your school will visit, contact us 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 must be completed and sent to Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center
  • Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center Student Registration, Medical Information, and Participation Agreement form  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 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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Prepare Your Child

 

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Students

 

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