Education programs cover a broad range of activities across all ages groups. Our outreach programs are experiential-learning based, involving field trips, public events, guided tours and internships. K-12 field trips reestablish contact between youth and the natural world. Public community events emphasize outdoor activities to encourage appreciation of, and to stimulate interest in conservation of our local natural resources. Guided tours allow participants to learn quickly about nature and local ecosystems through short, high impact encounters with seasonal species.
Early morning birding
Nature in season
All about bees
Events are seasonal, please call 540-349-3331 for more information or visit our calendar of events page
Please visit our calendar of events for our schedule of public events. We offer winter waterfowl watching, hikes, butterfly counts and many other events to please all ages.
These classes are taught by ES staff. Please see Calendar of Events for class date.
MAPS staff and volunteers also participate in many other banding projects.
Our educational program is experientially based and strives to help develop observation, categorization and classification skills with students of all ages. We tackle classroom-learned concepts as "real problems" in the field, not as texbook exercises.
Equally important is our mission to reconnect students with nature through exploration and discovery. By motivating an interest in science and conservation, the impact of the learning experience for the student is multiplied, because it is cross-curriculum community-based and is re-addressed multiple times in field trips and the classroom.
Refer to our calendar of events for guest lecturers.
Undergraduates and Interns may apply to pursue their own projects while assisting ES's research goals. Graduate students may apply to base their research investigation at ES
College and University professors use ES as an outdoor lab. Undergraduates have use the field station to carry out small research projects and studies.
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