Field Day for 2nd Graders
Encouraging second graders to interact with and ask questions about the natural world.
A Half Day Program
The goal of this half-day program is to encourage second graders to interact with and ask questions about the natural world. Overarching questions for the field trip are, “Why is this area protected on St. Croix?” and “How is this area similar and different to other familiar places, such as students’ homes and school grounds?”
Students visit one of three coastal protected areas: Southgate Coastal Reserve, Salt River (Columbus Landing), or Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. S.E.A. and our partners from the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE) aim to reach more than 500 students each year. The program is available to all public and private schools on St. Croix. Students work in learning communities of 10-15 students and participate in five inquiry based activities such as:
Children patriciate in five inquiry based activities
Sea Turtle Researcher Simulation
measure a sea turtle replica, fill out a field data sheet, locate the ‘nest’ and excavate the ‘nest’ to determine hatching success
sort and compare sand particles using sieves, learn the origin of the particles and how they are made
use an anemometer, wind vane, cloud chart and thermometer to determine the weather
use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast plant species. Upon returning to school students have the opportunity to share their experience with classmates so that they can learn about the activities they didn’t do.
explore and compare mangrove species
S.E.A. and our partners from the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE) aim to reach more than 500 students each year.