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School Safaris

Journey out into the field for an unforgettable hands-on learning experience. 

Length of Session: 6 to 12+ hours (varies with topic)

Number of Students: Varies depending on program type

Fee: $35 per student ($700 minimum per program) 

Fuel surcharge may apply. ALL safari bookings will be required to provide their own transportation to the site.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 9am – 4:30pm or complete the online request form.

Funded in part by BayPort Credit Union.

Cave Ecology

Grades 7-12

Science SOLs: LS.1, LS.5, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, ES.1, ES.4, ES.5, ES.7, ES.8, ES.9, BIO.1, BIO.8, ENV.1, ENV.2, ENV.3, ENV.4, ENV.5, ENV.6, ENV.9, ENV.10, ESII.1, ESII.3, ESII.4, ESII.8, ECO.1, ECO.3

Traverse the rocky trail through Fountain Cave in Grottoes, Virginia using only headlights and flashlights to guide your way. On this adventure through a geologically old cave, you will learn about about cave formations and cave ecology. (Note: This is a strenuous trip. Participants must be able to walk easily without assistance on uneven ground including some steep slopes.)

 

Estuarine Ecology, a “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience” Program

Grades 7-12

Science SOLs: LS.1, LS.5, LS.6, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, ES.1, ES.10, ES.12, BIO.1, BIO.2, BIO.7, BIO.8, ENV.1, ENV.2, ENV.3, ENV.5, ENV.6, ENV.8, ENV.9, ENV.10, ENV.11, ESII.1, ESII.8, Ocean.1, Ocean.2, Ocean.9, Ocean.11, Ocean.12, Ocean.13, ECO.1, ECO.2, ECO.3, ECO.4, ECO.5, ECO.6, BIOII.1, BIOII.6, BIOII.7

Explore the shores and water of the Chesapeake Bay as you collect water quality data and learn about the role it plays in the ecology of the Bay. Collect evidence of marine life and explore ways we can better protect these amazing creatures.

Freshwater Aquatics

Grades 7-12

Science SOLs: LS.1, LS.5, LS.6, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, ES.1, ES.6, ES.8, BIO.1, BIO.2, BIO.7, BIO.8, ENV.1, ENV.2, ENV.3, ENV.5, ENV.6, ENV.8, ENV.9, ENV.10, ESII.1, ESII.8, ECO.1, ECO.2, ECO.3, ECO.4, ECO.5, ECO.6, BIOII.1, BIOII.6, BIOII.7

Cruise through a beautiful swamp ecosystem in a canoe. Conduct experiments to understand how the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of water quality impact this freshwater environment. Learn about the specialized adaptations plants and animals use to survive in this unique habitat.

Paleontology

Grades 6-12

Science SOLs: LS.1, LS.7, LS.8, LS.11, ES.1, ES.7, ES.9, ES.10, BIO.1, BIO.7, BIO.8, ENV.1, ENV.2, ENV.3, ENV.4, ENV.6, ESII.1, ESII.3, ESII.4, ESII.5, ESII.6, ESII.7, ESII.8, Ocean.1, Ocean.4

Venture into the field to uncover the fossils of aquatic organisms present in Virginia 3-5 million years ago. Learn how fossils are formed and compare these ancient creature to their modern day relatives as we discuss why they are still significant today.