PreK-K | 1st-3rd | 4th-6th | 7th-12th | Pricing and Scheduling
Make your school’s next field trip a learning excursion at the Ward Museum. We strive to offer dynamic, hands-on programs to fit your needs and to assist you in meeting state guidelines. We offer a variety of age-appropriate education programs for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students on topics of art, culture and nature, that are aligned with the Common Core, Environmental Literacy, and STEM objectives. Standard field trips include a nature journal framework throughout the excursion.
Students in pre-k and kindergarten will have an opportunity to experience nature. This experience will help students gain a better understanding of animals and their habitats. Students will use their senses to draw understanding of different animals’ adaptations.
Students in 1st and 2nd grade will enjoy this excursion as it focuses on the diversity of birds and their adaptations. Students will be able to make observations and make different inquiries about why a bird looks the way it does. Students will use what they learn from their observations to create their very own avian art.
Pass It On
Students in 3rd and 4th grade will discover scientific truths as they create art from past cultures. The Ward Museum acts as frame of reference with artifacts from the Eastern Shore and around the world. Students will get to experience these past traditions through art and make new assertions of what the past looked like.
Citizen Science - eBird
Students in middle and high school will be introduced to journaling and graphing. They will also make detailed observations about the habitat and adaptation of birds. Students will be able to learn the Maryland birds by sight and call and gain a general knowledge about each species. Then, they will be able to report them to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird database (www.ebird.org). This involves students directly in the study of the ecology and conservation of birds. By recording their own sightings, they will be able to explore questions related to migration, population trends, habitat, and basic geography.
Optional Items to add to your Excursion
Lunch at the Museum
While the Museum cannot provide food for your visit, we are happy to share our space with your students and make our outdoor tables and indoor lobby space available for visitors to enjoy lunch in; before or after their excursion.
Many students are interested in visiting the Ward Museum Giftshop. We are happy to accomodate you and your class in the Giftshop, just click the box that says "giftshop" on the field trip request form.
FREE Discovery Backpack Program
Enhance your students exploration of nature with our Discovery Backpack Program! This program makes it easy for groups to interact with nature and learn together during a self-guided or docent-guided visit to the Norman Glenn Nature Trail. The backpacks, funded by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, are filled with tools to assist students' nature exploration on the trail.
Museum Tour - All Ages
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is proud of its extensive collection of wildfowl decoys and artistic carvings. They are a unique art form indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, closely tied to the history of the region. Guided tours are available to help students best appreciate the wonders within our museum and tie the exhibits to their curricular studies.
Guided Nature Trail Tours - All Ages
Guides will lead your class through the Norman & Judy Glenn Nature Trail along Schumaker Pond, identifying many of our wetland plants, animals, insects, and birds. Binoculars and trail guides are provided!
Self-Guided Visits (All Ages)
There are many ways to greatly enhance your self-directed museum visit and nature trail explorations. Activity guides, scavenger hunts and other exhibit materials are available by request during reservation.