Fall Field Trip Programs - September & October
At Home in Acadia
9 am–11 am
Children will investigate what makes the park a good home for plants and animals. Kindergartners will find out more about habitats, 1st graders will learn about adaptations, and 2nd graders will investigate plant and animal relationships. All grade levels will use their senses on an exploratory walk with activity stations.
Junior Ranger Day
Students use their knowledge of park jobs while doing activities that fulfill their Junior Ranger requirements. After taking a pledge to explore, learn about, and protect national parks, all children become official Acadia Junior Rangers! (See the pre-requisite "What Do Rangers Do?" classroom program below.)
Designed to embrace the Next Generation Science Standards, this hands-on program takes place at Sand Beach and is an exploration of geological processes such as weathering and erosion. Interpretation of geologic and topographic maps is included.
Citizen Science Investigations (CSI)
9 am–12:30 pm
Student citizen scientists investigate the habits and habitats of dragonfly nymphs and salamanders, two animal groups indicative of environmental health. Data is collected in the field while learning about food webs and the impact of toxins in the ecosystem.
Sieur de Monts Stewards
9 am–1 pm
While visiting the trails around Sieur de Monts and the new exhibit on climate change at the Nature Center, students will explore the topic of human change in the environment. We will look for evidence of past change, make present scientific observations, and discuss how these can impact our future actions.
Fire and Ice: Discovering Acadia's Geologic Past
9 am–1 pm
While hiking around the Great Head peninsula, students learn to read the landscape as they unearth the story of Acadia's geologic past. See evidence of the local rock cycle, glacial features, and plate tectonics. Warning: sections of the hiking trail are fairly steep.