Elms Environmental Education Center


Atlantic Blue Crab & Life in the Chesapeake Bay

Overview: Students will learn about the Atlantic Blue Crab and other life and of the Chesapeake Bay through observation, art, and exploration on the beach.

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

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

Bus pickup at school 9:15 am or 1:15 pm

Arrival at field study site. Welcome & Introduction


Review and Wrap-up

Bus Departure: 11:15 am or 3:15 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 - Elms Environmental Education Center in Lexington Park, MD or Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, MD. 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, in a reusable water bottle (labeled with your name), if possible.


  • $10