Field Trips & School Programs

Forest, meadow, stream, marsh, and pond ecosystems are the tools that we use to engage students in science learning!  Do you want to bring hands-on, inquiry based science learning to your students?  Then find a program that is right for you.  You can choose to bring your students to explore the Honey Hollow Watershed through a field trip experiences, have us bring science to your classroom, or even better, do both!

Field Trip Experiences

The Bucks County Audubon Society Education Staff is dedicated to providing outstanding educational programs using our 110-acre campus as a living breathing outdoor classroom. Field trips are designed to both introduce basic concepts of ecology to younger students, as well as digging deeper into STEM concepts for older students.  We do this while creating life-long connections with the natural world. Student groups that visit the Honey Hollow Watershed explore our various ecosystems and biomes through experiential, hands-on field activities and cooperative learning games.

Field trip curricula are designed to correspond with the PA Department of Education Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology and can be differentiated according to grade level and classroom goals. Each trip is two hours long and groups are welcome to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy at our picnic tables and lawns.  Please call 215-297-5880 to discuss program opportunities for your class or group.

Not able to come us?  Then let us come to you!
Our field trip topics can be adapted for in the classroom, or on the school grounds. With live animals, hands-on activities, observations and exploration, we will bring science to life for your students.  Just contact our staff and they will work with you to create the best program for you and your students.

Program Fees:

  • $8/child for a 2 hour program
  • $15/child for two programs

Add a 45 minute pre- or post-lesson in your classroom for just $100 per presentation!

Field Trip Opportunities at Bucks Audubon:

Pre-K to 2nd Grade Opportunities:

  • Sensational Seasons

Come explore and discover what makes each season unique, and how plants and animals change and prepare for each season! From flowers blooming in the spring to leaves falling in autumn, Bucks Audubon is the perfect place to explore the seasons.  Want to come each season?  Contact our Education Department for special multi-visit pricing.
Standards Addressed: 3.1.A and C, 3.3.A and B, 4.1.A and E

  • Nature Senses

From smelling flowers to touching a turtle to listening for bird calls, student’s senses will help them to connect with the world around them.  Students will explore nature using their different senses and learn how different animals experience the world through the use of their senses as well!
Standards Addressed: 3.1.A, 4.1.A and F

  • Feathered Friends

Students will learn all about birds, and what makes these animals so unique. From feathers to beaks to eggs, students will discover the interesting similarities and differences between different types of birds.
Standards Addressed: 3.1.A-C, 4.1.D-F

  • Wild about Water

Water is important for all living things, especially for those that call the water home. Students will explore the stream, marsh and pond of Bucks Audubon, discovering and comparing what plants and animals make each habitat their home!
Standards Addressed: PA 3.3.A; PA 4.1. A-E; NJ K-ESS2.C; NJ K-ESS 3.A, C; NJ 2-ESS2.C

  • Habitat Discovery

Students will love exploring the meadows and forest of Bucks Audubon, discovering along the way the many plants and animals that call them home! Students will learn what makes a habitat unique to each animal, and how all living things are connected.
Standards Addressed: 3.1.A-C, 3.2.B

3rd to 5th Grade Opportunities:

  • Birds of Bucks County

Bucks County is a wonderful place to watch and learn about birds!  From the birds we see everyday, like robins and crows, to the birds that are just passing through on their migration, like the ….., students will explore the many physical and behavioral adaptations of local birds and how to enjoy bird watching anywhere.
Standards Addressed: 3.1.A-C, 4.1.A, C, D and F

  • Exploring Ecosystems

From meadows to forests to wetlands, students will explore the various ecosystems of Bucks Audubon. Discovering the living and non-living parts of each ecosystem, students will understand the importance of all living things in an ecosystem, threats to our local ecosystems, and how our ecosystems may differ from others in PA and the world.
Standards Addressed: 4.1.A and D, 4.2.C, 3.1.A-C

  • Wetlands and Watersheds

Students explore the Honey Hollow Watershed, learning about the topography, ecosystems, and living things that make it home! Discover why wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems are so important, and how we can protect them.
Standards addressed:  PA 3.3.A; PA 3.3.A; PA 4.1.A-E; NJ K-ESS2.C; NJ K-ESS 3.A, C; NJ 2-ESS2.C

  • Amazing Adaptations

Students will discover what makes each living thing unique, and how they have adapted to suit their environment and their role in their ecosystem! Students will explore and identify local plants and animals and learn about their unique adaptations!
Standards Addressed:  4.1.A and D, 4.2.C, 3.1.A-C

Want to extend your day?  Consider one of these great lessons for the afternoon!

  • Predator/Prey

In this action-packed activity, students become animals in a food chain, attempting to fill their survival needs, while avoiding predators and learning about animal interactions and adaptations.

  • Co-Op

Games and problem-solving initiatives use nature to challenge students to work together. This class is designed to promote group cooperation, communication, and trust.

Special Opportunity:  STEM in the Watershed (4-part unit)

Dive deeper into the watershed and surrounding ecosystems with our 4-part unit, STEM in the Watershed.  The program provides two in-class pre-lessons that introduce vocabulary and subjects, a full-day field trip to Bucks Audubon, and an in-class follow-up lesson to process what students have learned.

Contact our Education Staff about pricing, eligible schools may be able to receive the unit for FREE!
Standards addressed:  PA 3.3.A; PA 3.3.A; PA 4.1.A-E: 4.2.C; NJ K-ESS2.C; NJ K-ESS 3.A, C; NJ 2-ESS2.C

Middle School Opportunities

  • Birds and Climate Change

Birds are important indicators of the health of our environment.  Through looking at data collected by scientists around the world, impacts that we can see in our area, and gaining an understanding of climate change, we will explore how our local birds are impacted by the changing climate.
Standards Addressed: 4.1.A and D, 4.5.C

Special Opportunity:  Birds and Climate Change (4-part unit)

Dive deeper into the how climate change is impacting local bird populations with our 4-part unit, Birds and Climate Change.  The program provides two in-class pre-lessons that introduce vocabulary and concepts, a full-day field trip to Bucks Audubon, and an in-class follow-up lesson to process what students have learned.

Contact our Education Staff about pricing, eligible schools may be able to receive the unit for FREE!
Standards Addressed: 4.1.A and D, 4.5.C

  • Ecosystems and Habitats

Students will take a deep dive into ecosystems with a comparison study of the meadow, forest and wetland ecosystems of Bucks Audubon.  We will look at the differences in plant and animal communities, impacts from environmental factors such as invasive plants and climate change, and explore personal actions that can help to protect our local ecosystems.
Standards Addressed:  4.2.A-B

High School Opportunities:

  • Birds and Climate Change

Birds are important indicators of the health of our environment.  Through looking at data collected by scientists around the world, impacts that we can see in our area, and gaining an understanding of climate change, we will explore how our local birds are impacted by the changing climate.
Standards Addressed: 4.1.A and D, 4.5.C

“I want to thank you and Rob for giving our campers such a wonderful experience today.  The kids didn’t stop talking the whole trip home.

Many parents plan to check out the grounds as well after hearing all the great new things they found during their explorations.

You both gave them such wonderful, age appropriate information and were very patient with their questions and stories.

We hope to be back next summer.”

Shawn Moesch

S/A Director, Emilie Day School

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