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

Overview

Virtual Field Trips include:

  • Fossil Quest

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.

Standards Hit: Grade 1

FOSSIL QUEST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Basic Needs of Living Things
    This topic focuses on the physical needs of living things in Ohio. Energy from the sun or food, nutrients, water, shelter and air are some of the physical needs of living things.
    CONTENT STATEMENTS:
    1.LS.1 Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
    1.LS.2: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
Standards Hit: Grade 2

FOSSIL QUEST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Interactions within Habitats
    This topic focuses on how ecosystems work by observations of simple interactions between the biotic/living and abiotic/nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Just as living things impact the environment in which they live, the environment impacts living things.
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    2.LS.2: All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • HISTORY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENTS:
      1. Time can be shown graphically on calendars and timelines.
      2. Change over time can be shown with artifacts, maps, and photographs.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT:
      10. Personal accountability includes making responsible choices, taking responsibility for personal actions and respecting others.
Standards Hit: Grade 4

FOSSIL QUEST

  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (ESS):
    TOPIC: Earth’s Surface
    4.ESS.2: The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Earth’s Living History
    This topic focuses on using fossil evidence and living organisms to observe that suitable habitats depend upon a combination of biotic and abiotic factors.
    CONTENT STATEMENTS:
    4.LS.1- Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
    4.LS.2- Fossils can be compared to one another and to present-day organisms according to their similarities and differences.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • HISTORY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline.
Standards Hit: Grade 8

FOSSIL QUEST

  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (ESS):
    TOPIC: Physical Earth
    This topic focuses on the physical features of Earth and how they formed. This includes the interior of Earth, the rock record, plate tectonics and land forms.
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    8.ESS.2 Earth’s lithosphere consists of major and minor tectonic plates that move relative to each other.
    8.ESS.4- Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.
Classroom Resources
Schedule a live meeting

To schedule a live Q&A on this topic with a MetroParks Education Specialist, contact Lauren Asquith at lauren.asquith@metroparks.org.

Those classroom teachers who schedule a Live Q&A are eligible for a Fossil Quest Teacher Kit, which will be shipped to the teacher. A small number of these kits are available, thanks to the generous funding from the Virginia Kettering Foundation. Each kit contains:

  • Ohio Ordovician Fossil Collection
  • Timeline Activity
  • Earth Ball
  • Fossil ID Card for each student (up to 30)
  • Magnifying glass for each student (up to 30)

Let us know if you’d like one of these kits, while supplies last, when scheduling your live Q&A session!

Example Kit

Habitat Exploration and Ecology

Overview

Virtual Field Trips include:

  • Butterflies & Bees
  • Hike in the Forest
  • Stream Study

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.

Standards Hit: Kindergarten

BUTTERFLIES AND BEES

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    K.LS.1; K.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. Humans depend on and impact the physical environment in order to supply food, clothing and shelter.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 9. Individuals have shared responsibilities toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools and communities.

HIKE IN THE FOREST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    K.LS.1; K.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. Humans depend on and impact the physical environment in order to supply food, clothing and shelter.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 9. Individuals have shared responsibilities toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools and communities.

STREAM STUDY

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    K.LS.1; K.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. Humans depend on and impact the physical environment in order to supply food, clothing and shelter.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 9. Individuals have shared responsibilities toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools and communities.
Standards Hit: Grade 1

BUTTERFLIES AND BEES

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    1.LS.1; 1.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 8. Individuals have responsibility to take action toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools and communities and are accountable for those actions.

HIKE IN THE FOREST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    1.LS.1; 1.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 5. Places are distinctive because of their physical characteristics (landforms and bodies of water) and human characteristics (structures built by people).

STREAM STUDY

  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (ESS):
    1.ESS.2
  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    1.LS.1; 1.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 5. Places are distinctive because of their physical characteristics (landforms and bodies of water) and human characteristics (structures built by people).
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 8. Individuals have responsibility to take action toward the achievement of common goals in homes, schools and communities and are accountable for those actions.
Standards Hit: Grade 2

HIKE IN THE FOREST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    2.LS.1
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. Human activities alter the physical environment, both positively and negatively.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 10. Personal accountability includes making responsible choices, taking responsibility for personal actions and respecting others.

STREAM STUDY

  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (ESS):
    2.ESS.2
  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    2.LS.1
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. Human activities alter the physical environment, both positively and negatively.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENTS: 10. Personal accountability includes making responsible choices, taking responsibility for personal actions and respecting others.
      11. Groups are accountable for choices they make and actions they take.
      12. There are different rules that govern behavior in different settings.
Standards Hit: Grade 3

BUTTERFLIES AND BEES

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    3.LS.2; 3.LS.3
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 6. Evidence of positive and negative human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 10. Individuals make the community a better place by taking action to solve problems in a way that promotes the common good.

HIKE IN THE FOREST

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    3.LS.2; 3.LS.3
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 6. Evidence of positive and negative human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.

STREAM STUDY

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    3.LS.2; 3.LS.3
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 6. Evidence of positive and negative human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.
Standards Hit: Grade 5

STREAM STUDY

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    5.LS.1, 5.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GEOGRAPHY STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 7. The variety of physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influences human activities. Likewise, human activities modify the physical environments.
    • ECONOMIC STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 14. The choices made by individuals and governments have both present and future consequences.
Standards Hit: Grade 7

STREAM STUDY

  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (ESS):
    7.ESS.1
  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    7.LS.2
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • GOVERNMENT STRAND
      CONTENT STATEMENT: 16. Analyzing individual and group perspectives is essential to understanding historic and contemporary issues. Opportunities for civic engagement exist for students to connect real-world issues and events to classroom learning.
Schedule a live meeting

To schedule a live Q&A on this topic with a MetroParks Education Specialist, contact: Lauren Asquith at lauren.asquith@metroparks.org.

Gardening, Homesteading, and Sustainability

Overview

Virtual Field Trips include:

  • Life of Our Pedestal Oak
  • Art in the Garden
  • Butterflies & Bees (see Habitats and Ecology topic above)
  • Possum Creek Farm Tour coming soon

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.

Standards Hit: Kindergarten

ART IN THE GARDEN

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    K.LS.2: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
Standards Hit: Third Grade

THE LIFE OF OUR PEDESTAL OAK

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Behavior, Growth and Changes
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    3.LS.3- Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    HISTORY STRAND:
    HERITAGE
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    1. Local communities change over time.
Standards Hit: Fourth Grade

THE LIFE OF OUR PEDESTAL OAK

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Earth’s Living History
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    4.LS.1- Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:
    HISTORY STRAND:
    HERITAGE
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    8. Many technological innovations that originated in Ohio benefited the United States.
    GEOGRAPHY STRAND:
    HUMAN SYSTEMS
    CONTENT STATEMENT
    12. People have modified the environment throughout history resulting in both positive and negative consequences in Ohio and the United States.
Standards Hit: Fifth Grade

THE LIFE OF OUR PEDESTAL OAK

  • LIFE SCIENCE (LS):
    TOPIC: Interconnections within Ecosystems
    CONTENT STATEMENT:
    5.LS.1: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
Classroom Resources

View the Flipgrid for The Life of Our Pedestal Oak

View the Flipgrid for Art in the Garden

For, Butterflies & Bees (see Habitats and Ecology topic above).

Schedule a live meeting

To schedule a live Q&A on this topic with a MetroParks Education Specialist, contact:

For, Butterflies & Bees (see Habitats and Ecology topic above).

Life in the 1880's

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