The field trip is hands-on, interactive, and provides lots of opportunities for the students to share their vernal pool knowledge with each other, the Splash field guides, and the parent chaperones. This integration of classroom and experiential learning is a unique and exciting aspect of the Splash Elementary Program.
Each class is broken into three groups of 8 to 12 students and each group is led by a trained vernal pool guide. Half the field trip is spent rotating through the learning centers inside the Splash Center: the watershed station, the microscope station, and Critterville. The other half of their field trip is spent exploring the spectacular vernal pools scattered throughout the grasslands at Mather Field. For more information about the timing and content of the field trip, please click on the links below.
When students enter the Splash Education Center, they enter a world of fun, hands-on science investigation that builds on the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom through the curriculum materials and activities. After a brief introduction, the students split into three groups. Each group follows its guide through the three learning stations in the Center.
The outdoor portion of the field trip is where all of the lessons and activities in the elementary curriculum are brought together for the students. It’s like multiple pieces of an ecological puzzle being put together by the students to create a big picture of what they’ve been studying.
Mr. Toad was dropped off at an area pet shop after having been in captivity for many years. When wild animals are kept in captivity for so long, they often lose their ability to survive in the wild, so Mr. Toad found a permanent home at Splash…
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth. Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent. Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have evolved, including us.