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Field Trips

Field trips enhance environmental education and provide outdoor and hands-on learning opportunities for students.

Audubon Society of Central Maryland Preserves

Audrey Carroll Sanctuary (Mt. Airy)

Fred  Archibald Sanctuary (New Market)

  *These are open for public use. No restrooms or any facilities. Trails, nesting boxes.


Black Hill Discovery Center (Clarksburg)

Exploring Living Things: Insects/Butterflies (K–2)

Survival of Plants and Animals: Habitats (K–3)

Ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay: Stream Ecology (K–12)

Science on the Pontoon (2–12)

Kayak Tours (8–college)

Guided Naturalist Hikes (all ages)


Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center (Jefferson)

Awesome Animals (PreK–4)

Living Organisms (K-5)

Life Cycles (K-4)

Populations (K-5)

Stream Ecology (3-K)


Catoctin Mountain National Park (Thurmont)

Second Growth Forests

Contact Ranger Carrie Andresen at the park to discuss field trip opportunities. or 301.663.9388. 


Chesapeake Bay Foundation — various locations

Student Field Programs

Boat Trips


Cunningham Falls State Park (Thurmont)

Contact Claudia Padilla, Lead Park Ranger at

with specific educational goals and well in advance of possible field trip


Earth and Space Science Lab at FCPS

Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center (Walkersville)

Animals (K–2)

Life Cycles (K–2)

Living Organisms and the Ecosystem (K–2)

Lifecycles Traits and the Ecosystem (3–5)

Wetlands Ecosystem Exploration (3–5)

Energy in the Ecosystem (3–5)

Work Study Intern, Volunteer (High School)

Fox Haven Farm (Jefferson)

Biodiversity and Conservation (all ages)

Woodlands, Watersheds and Mindfulness (all ages)

Farming, Foraging and Food (all ages)

Frederick City Parks and Recreation

Call 301-600-1450 or email registration desk at to check on availability of restrooms or pavilions/shelters.

Carroll Creek

Culler Lake

Riverside Park

Waterford Park

Gambrill State Park (Frederick)

Contact Claudia Padilla, Lead Park Ranger at

with specific educational goals and well in advance of possible field trip


Glenstone Museum and Grounds (Potomac)

Guided nature walk through sustainable landscapes (at least 12 years old)


Maryland Extension Office (Frederick)

Facebook page: Extension Service/Master Gardeners

Agriculture and Food Systems

Native Plant Gardening

Stormwater Management

Mountainside Education and Enrichment (Urbana)

Environmental Education
  Away We Grow
  The Buzz About Pollinators (2–4)
  Creek Scene Investigators (4–Middle School)
  Power it Up: Renewable Energy (3–Middle School)
  Watts Up (K–3)
  What Can A Wetland Do (2–4)
Challenge Course and Team Building
Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability

The Reed Center (Middletown)

Food Forests
Sustainable Ecosystems/Agriculture

Strawberry Hill (Fairfield, Pennsylvania)

Nature in a Nutshell (preK–K)
Wildlife Wonders (1–2)
Bug Bonanza (1–2)
Aquatic Communities (1–2)
Introduction to Identification (3–5)
STEM in Forest Ecology (3–5)
Watersheds and Wetlands (6–8)
The Science of Maple Sugaring (6–12)
Careers in Environmentalism (9–12)

Thorpewood (Thurmont)
Forest Therapy (teens and adults)
Farm Animal Visits (all ages)
Hikes and Exploration (all ages)
Nature Art (all ages)
Overnights (all ages)

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