Education

 

Palmyra Cove's Education Program


We have a wonderful program of outdoor and indoor learning activities and an experienced, accommodating teaching staff. If you would like to reserve an education program for your school, please check the calendar to find an available date in which to book a program. When scheduling a program, please keep in mind that the maximum number of students that we can accommodate per day for our education program is 80. 


We book school field trips on a first come first serve basis. All requests are handled in the order that 

The School Program Registration Form is received.


    


The K-12 programs we currently offer are listed below along with the recommended grade levels. Each program requires a minimum purchase for 10 students. The 4-hour programs are actually 3.5 hours of instruction time with a 30 min lunch. Some of the programs are similar, but are adjusted to meet different grade levels. The activities have been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


For Pre-K students or less than 5 years of age, we offer the Cove Caterpillar and Nature Craft and Story Time programs.

 

Grades: K-2 (or 5-7 years of age)

 2-Hour Nature Park Program

 

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Students will learn about the Delaware River as a water resource and identify various fish through seining. Students will explore predator-prey relationships and competition for food and survival.

Fee: $10/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, Seining in the Delaware

Choice of: Eaters and Eaten, Bat and Moth

 

Grades: K-4 (or 5-9 years of age)   

2-Hour Elementary GLOBE Program                   

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Students will learn about the Delaware River as a water resource. Elementary GLOBE is introduced, where students will identify cumulus clouds, observe the colors of the season, and discover macroinvertebrates in a pond.

Fee: $7/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, Cloud Fun, The Colors of the Season, Water Wonders

Choice of: Eaters and Eaten, Bat and Moth

  

Grades: 3-8 (or 8-13 years of age)

2-Hour Nature Park Program

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Students will learn about the Delaware River as a water resource and identify various fish through seining. Students will explore predator-prey relationships and competition for food and survival.

Fee: $10/student, best for up to 80 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, Seining in the Delaware

Choice of: How Many Bears (recommend), Eaters and Eaten or Bat and Moth (best for younger students)

 

4-Hour Nature Park Program

Students will complete the 2-Hour Nature Park program with an extended hike to explore more ecosystems. In addition, students will learn map orienteering and make their own model of a watershed.

Fee: $12/student, best for up to 80 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, Seining the Delaware, Map Game, Make Your Own Watershed

Choice of: How Many Bears (recommend), Eaters and Eaten or Bat and Moth (best for younger students)

 

 

Grades: 2-4 (or 7-9 years of age)

2-Hour Nature Park and Earth SySTEM Program

 

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Inside a STARLAB planetarium, students will learn about some popular constellations and stars including our sun, the reason for the seasons, and climate and in the local environment. Students will investigate satellites and how they are used to monitor our planet’s health, and even design and build a rocket.

Fee: $12/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, STARLAB Presentation

Choice of: Build Your Own Rocket (recommended), GOES-POES (best for older students)

 

Grades: 4-8 (or 9-13 years of age)

2-Hour Nature Park Program with Laboratory

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Students will learn about the Delaware River as a water resource and identify various fish through seining. Students will learn to operate microscopes as they explore terrestrial and aquatic micro-organisms from around the park or for younger students, investigate tree cookies.

Fee: $10/student, best for up to 80 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, Seining the Delaware

Choice of: Microscope Lab – A Drop of Pond Water (recommended), Tree Cookies (best for younger students)

 

2-Hour Nature Park and Earth SySTEM Program

Students will take a guided hike and observe the seasonal change in various flora and fauna, explore a wetland, identify aquatic pond life, and observe local weather and its role in the environment. Inside a STARLAB planetarium, students will learn about some popular constellations and stars including our sun, the reason for the seasons, and climate and in the local environment. Students will investigate satellites and how they are used to monitor our planet’s health. Students will be introduced to environmental satellite sensors and then challenged to design a sensor for a particular earth observing mission.

Fee: $12/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike, STARLAB Presentation

Choice of: Build Your Own Satellite Sensor (recommended), Build Your Own Rocket, GOES-POES

 

 

Grades: 6-8 (or 12-14 years of age)

2-Hour Earth SySTEM Program with Data Visualization Labs

Students will investigate Earth’s system and earth orbiting satellites through various activities: Inside an inflatable planetarium, students will learn navigation, satellite orbits, seasons and how they relate to weather and climate. Students will investigate satellite data using the remote sensing laboratory and through an immersive virtual reality experience, view the Earth from an orbiting space station. Students will also investigate the science and engineering of satellite missions.

Fee: $12/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: STARLAB Presentation, Exploring Earth in Virtual Reality, Landsat Image Analysis

Choice of: GOES-POES (recommended), Build Your Own Satellite Sensor

 

4-Hour Earth SySTEM Program with Data Visualization Labs

Students will complete the 2-Hour Earth SySTEM program along with an outdoor component that includes a hike and an introduction to in-situ measurements. Strong connections are made between local and global environments through ground observations and satellite data. Students will work with various tools, such as infrared thermometers, rain gauges, and GPS. Opportunity to infuse GLOBE protocols.

Fee: $14/student, best for up to 80 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike with in-situ measurements, STARLAB Presentation, Exploring Earth in Virtual Reality, Landsat Image Analysis

Choice of: Build Your Own Satellite Sensor, GOES-POES

  

Grades: 9-12 (or 15-18 years of age)

4-Hour Earth SySTEM Program with Data Visualization Labs

Students will investigate Earth’s system though both field observations and earth orbiting satellites. Students will take a guided hike to explore seasonal change in the park and be introduced to in-situ measurements by collecting field data which may include rain fall, ground and air temperature. Students will investigate satellite data using the remote sensing laboratory and through an immersive virtual reality experience, view the Earth from an orbiting space station. Strong connections are made between local and global environments through ground observations and satellite data. Students will work with various tools, such as infrared thermometers, rain gauges, and GPS. Opportunity to infuse GLOBE protocols.

Fee: $14/student, best for up to 80 students.

Main Activities Include: Observation Hike with in-situ measurements, Exploring Earth in Virtual Reality, Landsat Image Analysis

Choice of: Mapping Data through GIS (recommended), GOES-POES

 

2-Hour Earth SySTEM Program with Data Visualization Labs

Students will investigate Earth’s system though both field observations and earth orbiting satellites. Students will be introduced to in-situ measurements by collecting field data which may include rain fall, ground and air temperature. Students will investigate satellite data using the remote sensing laboratory and through an immersive virtual reality experience, view the Earth from an orbiting space station. Strong connections are made between local and global environments through ground observations and satellite data. Students will work with various tools, such as infrared thermometers, rain gauges, and GPS. Opportunity to infuse GLOBE protocols.

Fee: $12/student, best for up to 40 students.

Main Activities Include: In-situ Data Collection, Mapping Data through GIS, Exploring Earth in Virtual Reality, Landsat Image Analysis


Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I want to schedule over 80 students? For large groups that exceed 80 students, please schedule your program across multiple days.

What if it rains? If inclement weather prevents outside activities, you may reschedule or may choose to have alternate inside activities. No fee is charged if you cancel due to inclement weather. As rescheduling is subject to availability, it is recommended that you cancel your reservation only for extreme weather events. Many outdoor activities can still be done during moderate weather. Teachers and students are advised to wear appropriate attire in the event of light and/or periodic rain. NOTE: As of Sept. 1, 2017 the rain date policy has changed. Please refer to our new policy included on the registration form.

What is your cancellation policy? We understand that unplanned events come up and you may need to cancel a reservation. If that happens, we respectfully as for reservations to be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. 


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Director of Science, Technology and Education, Peter Dorofy 856-829-1900 ext 1263  pdorofy@bcbridges.org