Virtual Field Trips

Educational support for local schools and teachers

The educational staff at Five Rivers MetroParks are excited to help your students safely experience the outdoors, whether at their homes or at your school. While in-person field trips and outreach programming are not available this fall, MetroParks is offering pre-recorded virtual field trip content. Whether in your own classroom or Google Classroom, it’s easy for you to fit these programs into your curriculum. You can also schedule live Q&A sessions with MetroParks representatives to enhance your adventures.

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Virtual Field Trip Topics

Geology and Fossils

Geology ROCKS! It is the foundation for all life on Earth! Join a naturalist and explore the fossils beneath your feet! We will discuss what fossils are, how they are made, the types we find around Dayton, Ohio, and where to find them. Students will want to get outside and start a fossil collection of their own after this field trip! Teachers are welcome to schedule a live question and answer session with a naturalist as a part of this program.

Fossil Quest (grades 1, 2, 4 & 8)

Virtually visit Cox Arboretum MetroPark to learn about the Ordovician fossils found in the Dayton area. We’ll explore what fossils are, how they are created, which fossils you can find and where to look for them. Students will leave wanting to head outside and create a fossil collection of their own. This field trip includes a free field trip kit, while supplies last!

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Habitat Exploration and Ecology

Nature surrounds us, is within us, and sustains us. It is clean air, water, soil, and biodiversity that makes human life possible. Here you will find programs that highlight engaging, biodiverse habitats throughout MetroParks, that also challenge students to get out exploring on their own. Students will engage with their local nature, whether it is their schoolyard, local park, backyard, or balcony! The assignments below can be used in an in-person classroom with your green schoolyard, or in a virtual classroom.

Butterflies & Bees (grades K, 1 & 3)

This immersive field trip all about local pollinators provides relevant, real-world opportunities for students to learn about lifecycles, wildlife needs and our connections to wildlife. Students will go outside to observe and explore pollinators at school and at home, help professional scientists by contributing to a citizen science project, and improve pollinator habitats around them. This field trip includes a free field trip kit, while supplies last!

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Hike in the Forest (grades K-3)

Join us for a hike in the forest with MetroParks’ naturalists to explore common plants and animals, dissect an owl pellet, and start a nature journal. Students will be encouraged to explore forests close to home and report their observations. Afterward, students will be itching to begin their own adventure with family and friends.

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Stream Study (grades K-3, 5 & 7)

Head to the creek with MetroParks’ naturalists and discover all the life under the water’s surface. Our local creeks are fun places to play and home to many small fish, crawdads and countless macro-invertebrates that tell us if the creek is clean or dirty. Students will go outside to a local creek while interacting with Flipgrid responses.

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Gardening, Homesteading, and Sustainability

We are healthy and happy thanks to farms and gardens! Not only do they meet our physical needs, they give us space to appreciate beauty, look closely at form and function, and understand our connection to plants and animals. Discover how working farms meet our needs for nutritious food, products for clothing and shelter, and how they have changed as our way of life has changed over time. Explore the life of a special Oak tree on the grounds of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark: uncover how it benefits from its habitat, contributes to the health of the plants and animals around it (including humans), and be amazed by events the tree has “witnessed” during its long life. Younger students are invited to journey through the garden exploring colors, shapes and patterns in the garden and the larger natural world, including inspiration and ideas for their own nature art.

Life of Our Pedestal Oak (grades 3-5)

Students will “meet” our Pedestal Oak at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark and make scientific and historical connections with this great old tree and the many lessons it can share. We’ll explore the lifecycle, learn how it benefits the plants and animals surrounding it, and investigate the unique pedestal shape of our oak. Students will use a visual timeline highlighting important local and Ohio historical events that have happened during the life of the Pedestal Oak.

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Art in the Garden (grade K)

Students will explore colors, shapes and patterns in the garden and the natural world. We’ll uncover why green is so important in nature, how plants use color and shape to attract insects, look for patterns, and make other discoveries. Students will use the examples and ideas shared to create their own nature art.

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Butterflies & Bees (grades K, 1 & 3)

This immersive field trip all about local pollinators provides relevant, real-world opportunities for students to learn about lifecycles, wildlife needs and our connections to wildlife. Students will go outside to observe and explore pollinators at school and at home, help professional scientists by contributing to a citizen science project, and improve pollinator habitats around them. This field trip includes a free field trip kit, while supplies last!

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Possum Creek Farm Tour coming soon

Mindfulness

Classroom Nature Breaks - SEL (grades K-5)

Take time to relax and feel our connections with the natural world. From meditating by a stream, watching animals, experiencing the wind and practicing yoga, your students will explore their connections with the natural world while learning more about themselves. Resources allow teachers to use nature to help students regulate emotional control, grow empathy for other living things and ultimately learn how to respect other human beings.

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Carriage Hill Farm Living History

Life in the 1880s (grades K-6)

Virtually visit Carriage Hill MetroPark’s historical farm to explore what life was like for the Arnold family in the 1880s in Dayton. Students will learn about life on a farm, the farm animals, and such skills as blacksmithing and woodworking. Students will see how modern life compares with life 140 years ago.

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Quick Reference Guide

Grade Topic Virtual Field Trips Available Standards Covered
Kindergarten Gardening, Homesteading and Sustainability Art in Nature Life Science
Habitat Exploration and Ecology Butterflies and Bees
Hike in A Forest
Stream Study
Life Science

Social Studies: History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  History Strand
Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Grade 1 Geology and Fossils Fossil Quest Life Science
Habitat Exploration and Ecology Butterflies and Bees Life Science

Social Studies: Government Strand

Hike in A Forest Life Science

Social Studies: Geography Strand

Stream Study Earth and Space Science

Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  History Strand
Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Grade 2 Geology and Fossils Fossil Quest Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Habitat Exploration and Ecology Hike in A Forest Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Stream Study Earth and Space Science

Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  History Strand
Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Grade 3 Habitat Exploration and Ecology Butterflies and Bees Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Government Strand

Hike in A Forest
Stream Study
Life Science

Social Studies: Geography Strand

Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  Geography Strand
Gardening, Homesteading, and Sustainability Life of Our Pedestal Oak Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Grade 4 Geology and Fossils Fossil Quest Earth and Space Science

Life Science

Social Studies: History Strand

Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  History Strand
Gardening, Homesteading, and Sustainability Life of Our Pedestal Oak Life Science

Social Studies:  History Strand

Social Studies: Geography Strand

Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Grade 5 Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  Geography Strand
Gardening, Homesteading, and Sustainability Life of Our Pedestal Oak Life Science
Mindfulness Classroom Nature Breaks – SEL Social and Emotional Objectives
Habitat Exploration and Ecology Stream Study Life Science

Social Studies:  Geography Strand

Social Studies: Economic Strand

Grade 6 Carriage Hill Farm Living History Life in the 1880s Social Studies:  Geography Strand
Grade 7 Habitat Exploration and Ecology Stream Study Earth and Space Science

Life Science

Social Studies: Government Strand

Grade 8 Geology and Fossils Fossil Quest Earth and Space Science

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