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Field Trips

Riverbend offers a wide array of standards-aligned programs designed to connect students with the natural world and bring STEM to life through the lens of nature. Riverbend’s environmental educators are trained to deliver developmentally appropriate programming that is relevant to children from all backgrounds and abilities.

Habitat Exploration

What do all living things need to survive? How do animals and plants depend on each other? Students will explore habitats to find the answers to these and other questions about local wildlife.

PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

90 Minute Field Trip Program

Choose two habitats to explore at Riverbend or at nearby Saunder’s Woods: pond (Riverbend only), stream, meadow, or forest.

Recommended for grades K - 2

2.5 Hour Field Trip Program

Choose three habitats at Riverbend or at nearby Saunder’s Woods to explore: pond (Riverbend only), stream, meadow, or forest.

Recommended for grades 2 and up

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Watersheds

Is our watershed healthy? How can we tell? Students will conduct a stream investigation, sample water, and hike a watershed trail to learn how water connects us all.

PA Academic Standards:  4.1, 4.2, 4.5

Note: This program takes place at a neighboring site, Woodmont, located less than 5 minutes from Riverbend's main campus.

2.5 Hour Field Trip Program

Recommended for grades 3 - 8
 

Tall, Tall Trees

Visit our restored deciduous forest at Riverbend or the forest at nearby Saunder’s Woods to see a variety of native tree species. Students will learn to identify tree species as well as the important role trees have in our local ecosystem.

PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

90 Minute Field Trip Program

Recommended for grades 3 and up

Frozen Foragers

(Available December - February)

Learn which animals run for cover, which head for warmer weather, and which stick around Riverbend through the winter.

PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

90 Minute Field Trip Program

Recommended for grades Pre K - 5

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Field Trip Options for Younger Students


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From Eggs to Legs

How does an egg become a frog? How do caterpillars grow into beautiful butterflies? Students will learn about life cycles and visit the pond to catch tadpoles, froglets, and frogs and the meadow to look for signs of butterflies. PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

90 Minute Field Trip Program - Frog Study (Pond)

Recommended for grades Pre K - 2

2.5 Hour Field Trip Program - Frog and Butterfly (Pond and Meadow)

Recommended for grades K - 2

Note: all stages of the animals' life cycles may not be present at all times of the year.
 

Nature's Senses

Investigate the outdoors through activities that use sight, hearing, smell, and touch. This is a perfect nature experience for young learners.  

PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

90 Minute Field Trip Program

Recommended for Pre K - 1

Our Frozen Foragers Field Trip is also a great option for younger students during the winter months!

 

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Field Trip Options for Older Students


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Environmental Challenges

Students will work in teams to investigate real environmental challenges happening at and around Riverbend and prepare a solution for one of the problems to present to the larger group. Challenges include food security, soil erosion, invasive species, and stream runoff. ($15 per student; $125 minimum)

2.5 Hour Field Trip Program

This program is designed for students in grades 8 and up.


Field Trip Registration

Pricing:

Full payment is due 30 days prior to your program via check, credit card or PayPal. 

Minimum fee for all programs is $125.

Otherwise, fees are per child. Adults and chaperones are free of charge.

90 minute program: $9 per child
2.5 hour program: $13 per child

Are you an Aquaponics Partner School? Register for field trips here.

Please Note:

As an outdoor education facility, Riverbend closely monitors weather conditions. Student safety is our top priority.

Riverbend programs run rain or shine. However, in the event of unsafe weather conditions, Riverbend staff will determine if a program can safely operate and notify schools of cancellations by 7:30 on the morning of the program. In the event that a program is cancelled due to weather, we will work with schools to reschedule within the same calendar year.

All other cancellation/reschedule requests must be received in writing at least 3 weeks before the originally scheduled program date. Riverbend cannot provide refunds for cancelled programs.  


For more information please contact

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Rosie Arnold

Manager of Education Programs