Grades 6-8

Following are our current field trip programs. Content and activities will be adapted for the grade-level of your group.

ROCK STARS:

The Earth’s hidden past can be uncovered through the exploration of rocks and minerals. Students will gain an appreciation of the natural forces that shape the earth’s surface as they encounter evidence of our region’s rich geological history throughout the Arboretum. They will examine New Jersey fossils and identify local rocks using testing procedures and a dichotomous key. Students will investigate the formation of the 3 major rock types and will participate in an interactive activity that simulates the rock cycle.

Program length: 2 hours

This program emphasizes the following New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science:

5.1A: Understand Scientific Explanations

5.1B: Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigations

5.1C: Reflect on Scientific Knowledge

5.1D: Participate Productively in Science

5.2A: Properties of Matter

5.4B: History of the Earth

5.4C: Properties of the Earth’s Materials

What's Your Niche?:

The health of an ecosystem is dependent on the plants and animals that are found there. Students will learn about how various organisms interact within the Arboretum’s different habitats and how they have adapted to survive. Energy systems within the ecosystem will be explored and students will learn about how changes in within a habitat affect populations and the ecosystem as a whole. In the greenhouse students will learn about the water and nitrogen cycle and create a mini-terrarium to take home.

Program length: 2 hours

This program emphasizes the following New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science:

5.1A: Understand Scientific Explanations

5.1B: Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigations

5.1C: Reflect on Scientific Knowledge

5.1D: Participate Productively in Science

5.3.B: Matter and Energy Transformations

5.3.E: Evolution and Diversity

5.4.6: Biogeochemical Cycle

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