Materials: Prior to the science field trip and pre-trip outreach visit you will get an Explorer’s Pack via email (we are working on making this available to download from our website). This will contain pre-trip and post-trip activities, a parent letter, a map and vocabulary words.
Pre-Trip Outreach: Approximately one week prior to your field experience, a Bluff Lake Instructor will come to your class. During this pre-trip visit we will give your students the background information they need, conduct an assessment and group activities, and answer questions. Your students will then be ready for their field experience.
Site Visit Field Trip: Your Bluff Lake visit will begin with a general introduction and then your class will be broken up into 3 groups. Each group will visit a hands-on activity station led by one of our Education Volunteers. Each station will incorporate games and activities, journaling and writing, and exploration to teach the concepts outline in each Life Science Grade Level Expectation.
Assessment Program: Most of our pre-trip outreaches begin with a pre-trip assessment to help us gauge your students’ current experience with the relevant scientific concepts. We will wrap-up the field tirp with a post trip assessment to see how much they have learned.
Scholarship Availablility: BLNC School Programs are free only for public schools with Title I status and/or 50% or more student enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program. These schools may also qualify for a partial reimbursement of school bus expense. All other schools will be invoiced at $4.00 per student and will be responsible for their transportation expenses.
Sheltering and English Language Learners: All of our programs use sheltered English techniques to reach a broad spectrum of ELL.