Elms Environmental Education Center

7th Grade

Biodiversity, Native Plants, & Service Learning

Overview: general description of the objectives and activities for the day

7th grade students assessing water quality

Observing native and non-native plant impacts on biodiversity at the pond.

Student transplanting a tree into a larger container

Preparing to transplant a native tree in The Elms native plant nursery.

Student carting plants to their grow-out area

Moving native plants in preparation for weeding and transplanting.

Location: This field study is conducted by Elms Environmental Education Center educators at Elms Environmental Education Center in Lexington Park, MD. Any questions regarding the trip including scheduling and special concerns should be directed to Elms Environmental Education Center.

Typical Day (schedule is subject to change and may vary based on weather, transportation and needs of the individual class):

Bus pickup at school - 8:00 am

Arrival at field study site. Welcome & Introduction

Morning Activities


Afternoon Activities

Review and Wrap-up

Bus departure from site - 1:30 pm

Chaperones: Chaperones are vital to the success of our field studies, serving as active program assistants and small group leaders. Approved volunteers are selected by the classroom teacher. Remember to pack your lunch and dress for a day outdoors. *Please set your phones to vibrate/silent during the field study.*

Prepare for Your Trip

What to Wear:

  • Dress for participation in outdoor activities and remember to choose clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty.
  • Check the the weather for your field study site - ( Dameron/Lexington Park). Temperatures near the water can be 10 degrees COLDER (and more windy) than at home or school.
  • Layers are great for cold weather. Dress for the high temperature, and layer for the low.
  • Hats are recommended.
  • Bring your rain gear when rain is expected.
  • Don't forget to pre-apply sun block and insect repellent before you leave home (if desired).

Food and Drink:

  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers, if possible.
  • Be prepared to recycle and compost any lunch remains (carry out if Greenwell State Park).
  • Bring water to drink (labeled with your name), in a reusable water bottle if possible.


  • NO CHARGE for Student Service Learning