Stream Ecology Field Trip

Program Descriptions

Students get a chance to explore our beautiful Catoctin Creek, learning how to identify tiny stream insects called Macroinvertebrates. 

These animals are sensitive to pollution and important biological indicators. Using microscopes, students will examine the aquatic specimens caught during the creek study and discuss the interactions, competition and environmental factors of each. 

They will determine the health of the creek based on the biodiversity of life they find there. 

The best time for this program is from May through October. All participants should be prepared to get wet. 

Program Details

  • Program length: 120 minutes
  • Minimum: 10 
  • Maximum: 3 classes
  • Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students
  • Cost: $5/person

Maryland State Essential Curriculum: (Grades 3 and up)

  • 3-LS1-1 
  • 3-LS3-1
  • 3-LS4-2 
  • 3-LS4-4 
  • 4-LS1-1 

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum: 

  • Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1
  • Standard 4: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1; Topic E, Indicator