Field Trip Programs (Pre-K - Grade 12)

NBS offers Field Trip programs appropriate for our youngest Preschoolers through advanced High School students.  We offer these programs in two locations, our main location a well as our Third Beach location. 

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Field Trip Programs (Pre-K - Grade 12)

Listed alphabetically. Year-round unless otherwise noted.

Balancing Act

Students examine the interrelationships among plants, animals, and their environment. Games and activities help to illustrate the delicate balance between predator and prey, the elements of the food web, and the many connections that hold ecosystems together.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 8.

Exploring Ecosystems

This program introduces students to a variety of ecosystems at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Students will learn about animal adaptations, forest layers, pond life, and more through games and hands-on activities. Choose three diverse ecosystems of the four: field, forest, pond, or ridge.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 8.

Freshwater Ecology

Students will visit and learn about the ecology of ponds, streams, and vernal pools. They will also have the opportunity to use nets and other collecting tools. We’ll sample for macroinvertebrates, amphibians, and other species. Students will also investigate the physical and chemical properties of these important habitats.
Recommended for Grades 6 - 12. (Late March - Early October)

Geology Rocks

Explore the geologic history of Aquidneck Island as we take a challenging hike along the beautiful Sanctuary ridges. This interactive program discusses the rock cycle, glaciation, erosion, and soil formation.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12.

Go Wild for Herptiles (Field Trip Version)

Your students will go wild for reptiles and amphibians, a group that is collectively known as “herptiles.” Up-close animal observation time will acquaint your students with the special adaptations of this group. This class also features hands-on activities and a hike out to visit the habitats where wild herptiles may be found.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 8.

Into the Woods

Study Rhode Island’s forests from the soil to the canopy in this interactive field program. Students will study invasive and native plant species, learn about indicators of forest health, and will use dichotomous keys to identify forest floor invertebrates.
Recommended for Grades 6 - 12. (Late March - Early October)

Native Ways

Join us on a cultural journey back in time as we examine what life was like for Native Americans who originally inhabited Aquidneck Island and coastal Rhode Island. We’ll learn how they used natural resources, their legends about local wildlife, use their tools and weapons, and discuss their connections with nature and respect for the earth.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 8. 

Nature Discovery Walk

Take part in a hands-on discovery of NBS trails and habitats. An educator will lead interpretive activities along the way. Animal signs, seasonal changes in plants, and other stories of the landscape will be highlighted. You never know what we might encounter along the way!
Recommended for All Ages!

Rotten to the Core

Join us as we journey into the forest in search of nature’s garbage collectors—decomposers! We’ll investigate fungi, lichens, insects, and other organisms through hands-on activities with compost, biofacts, and decomposer experiments.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 5.

The Pond & Beyond

Dive into pond and stream ecology as we splash around in search of macroinvertebrates, amphibians, fish, and more! Students will use dip nets, magnifying lenses, and sorting charts to investigate the living things that we find.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 5. (Late March - Early October)

What's Bugging You? (Field Trip Version)

An introduction to insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Students will look under logs and explore a variety of field habitats in search of these spineless animals! A visit from a live invertebrate will also highlight the group’s adaptations for survival.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 5. (Late March - Early October.)

What in the World is a Watershed? 

This program introduces the idea that watershed systems are all around us, and what we put into the water really matters! Students will go out and trace part of the local watershed on foot, and then build their own mini-watershed models.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 8. (Mid-June - Early October)

Field Trip Program Quick Guide


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Third Beach Field Trip Programs

Listed alphabetically. Beach programs are seasonal.

Beach Ecology

Using a variety of collecting tools, such as minnow traps and hand nets, your class will study the sandy and rocky shore, the dune system, and salt marsh. Animal adaptations, habitat conservation, and tidal fluctuations are investigated in this program.
Recommended for Grades 6 - 12. (Late April- Early October)

Land to Sea

This program focuses on the habitat transition from seashore to upland areas. Students will learn about the conservation efforts to reestablish habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail. Through a unique service-learning opportunity, students will learn first-hand about field succession.
Recommended for Grades 6 - 12. (Late April - Early October.)

Sea Life Safari

Discover the wonders of Narragansett Bay with this age-appropriate introduction to beach ecology. We’ll sweep the shore for interesting discoveries, search for some of the creatures that live at the seashore, and even learn about the sand beneath our feet.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 5. (Late April - Early October.)

Seining the Sakonnet

Students will learn the basics of estuarine ecology and how to use a seine net to sample Narragansett Bay’s rich abundance of life. We’ll identify and discuss each species we catch. Students will get wet, so extra water shoes are a must, and a change of clothes is recommended.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 12. (June - Early October.)

Third Beach Field Trip Program Quick Guide