Field Studies (PreK - 12)

For more than 30 years, the Elms Environmental Education Center has offered meaningful outdoor experiences for elementary through high school students in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Elms field studies are fully integrated into the classroom curriculum, and are aligned with both Maryland Environmental Literacy and Next Generation Science Standards.

During grade-specific field studies, students explore the diverse habitats of our county, including forests, wetlands, meadows, and beaches. Field Study programs are led by SMCPS Elms staff and volunteers at The Elms and at partner sites, including Historic Sotterley Plantation and Greenwell State Park.


  • 3rd Grade Wetland Ecosystem Interactions
  • 4th Grade Chesapeake Bay Watershed & Structure and Function of Aquatic Organisms
  • 5th Grade Ecosystem Exploration by Canoe

Middle School

  • 6th Grade Climate (pilot)
  • 7th Grade Biodiversity, Native Plants & Service Learning

High School

High School programs are offered for any content area (not just science!)

Locations: The Elms (land-based) and Sotterley or Greenwell (land/canoe-based).

Contact to schedule.