In-Person Field Trips

Experience nature up close
and outside at Baltimore Woods!

Let nature be your classroom! Join educators at Baltimore Woods for an in-person, guided experience. As we explore the preserve, students will  experience nature up close and discover the wonders that can be found around their homes and local parks. Choose a topic from one of our many offerings to supplement your curriculum, or contact our Education Manager to plan for a special seasonally themed tour tailored for you!

Check out the things you can learn on-site at Baltimore Woods!

two grisl study a fern while on a field trip to Baltimore Woods

Ecosystem Tour

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Recommended for 1st grade & up

Join us for a hike through various ecosystems here at Baltimore Woods as we explore what makes them unique and different from habitats. How many ecosystems
do you think we have here at Baltimore Woods? We will play games and engage in activities to learn about the plants and animals that call these places home and the adaptations they have to help them survive throughout the seasons.

CSI: Baltimore Woods

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Recommended for 3rd grade & up

There is a lot of activity going on at Baltimore Woods and we need your help to solve some mysteries! Students will learn about trace evidence, tracking, and how to identify animal skulls and what those animals eat by looking at their teeth. Did you know you can tell if an animal is predator or prey based on where their eyes are located? They’ll then investigate animal crime scenes and put their training to the test! Will they figure out who ate who?

child with creature in hands

Naturalist-Guided Seasonal Tour

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Suitable for pre-K & up

This program can be tailored to topics you’d like to explore with your classroom or small group here at Baltimore Woods. We have a variety of ecosystems with plant and animal life that students can get up close and study. There’s so much to see throughout all the seasons, we can find just the right topic to fit your curriculum and help your students explore the outdoors!

Nature Journaling

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Suitable for 3rd grade & up

Are you looking for a new way to inspire student creativity and engage in writing, drawing and photography? Nature journaling creates lifelong connections to nature and brings together multiple areas of art! This program is an excellent way for students to be creative and learn how to use their writing, drawing and photography skills to create a nature journal and a lifelong connection to the environment around them. We will explore special places at Baltimore Woods to inspire and provide prompts to get their creative juices flowing!

chidlren smelling the bark of a tree to explore five senses

Sensing Nature

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Suitable for K-2nd grade; can pair with Habitat Hunt (2 hours)

Our senses can tell us so much about the world around us! This program is a fun adventure through the forest where students will learn about their five senses and how animals use them to survive in nature.

educator looks at a fallen log closely with kids

Habitat Hunt

Available in fall, winter, and spring
Suitable for K-2nd grade; can pair with Sensing Nature (2 hours)

There are so many different types of habitats to discover at Baltimore Woods! We’ll learn about various animals and the specific places that they call home. Students will investigate these various habitats to find all the things that animals need to survive out in nature.

children at pond edge with aquatic nets

Pond Ecology

Available in fall and spring
Recommended for grades K & up; can pair with Stream Ecology (2 hours)

Join us for an in-depth investigation into the life of a pond. We’ll discover both the plants and animals that call this ecosystem their home and their unique adaptations that help them to survive. Students will use nets to study what lives under the water and get to see the creatures up close!

kids explore the stream bed

Stream Ecology

Available in fall and spring
Recommended for grades K & up; can be paired with Pond Ecology (2 hours)

Join us for an in-depth investigation into the life of a stream. We’ll discover both the plants and animals that call this ecosystem their home and their unique adaptations that help them to survive. Students will get to use nets to study the creatures up close and as they learn what it takes to live in a stream ecosystem.

educator shows kids in woods the tools used to tab a tree for sap

Maple Magic

Available in March only
Recommended for K-2nd grades

Do you know where Maple Syrup comes from? Students will get an up close look at the process of making maple syrup. From the Sugar Maple trees life cycle to the tapping to collect the sap to the final product! 

kids examine snowflakes on black felt

Snowflake Bentley

Available December – February
Recommended for K-2nd grades

Snowflakes are amazing! Join us on an adventure to discover the wonders of snowflakes and learn about Snowflake Bentley, the first person to photograph snowflakes in the 1920s. Students will learn what makes snowflakes unique, study them up close and get to observe the different forms of water.

*there is a materials fee if students make snowflake catchers

Details:

In-person field trips are currently only offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Morning sessions can begin at 9:30 or 10:00 and afternoon sessions can be scheduled for starting at 12:30 or 1:00. At this time, we are limiting group size to 10-15 students per Baltimore Woods Educator. 

Our organization has developed nature education programs to align with the most current NYS learning standards. Whether talking about the life cycle of frogs and toads, pond ecology, or animal adaptations, educators at Baltimore Woods provide opportunities for students to have direct experiences with the living environment while introducing complex scientific concepts with interactive inquiry-based curriculum.