James Farm Middle School Education Program
“Hands On, Waders On” Learning
Organized and managed by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), the James Farm Middle School Program hosts approximately 1,000 students from the Indian River School District each year. Designed to closely correlate with Delaware Science Content Standards and Performance Indicators, the program educates 7th and 8th grade students on water quality, wetlands, and watershed ecosystems.
Instead of a traditional field trip, the James Farm program is an ‘extension activity’ aligned with the school’s science curriculum. After learning concepts in the classroom, students come to the James Farm to take soil samples, measure water quality, and use a seine net to catch and sample fish and other creatures in the Indian River Bay.
Since it was established as a partnership with the Indian River School District in 1999, the James Farm Middle School Program has become the centerpiece of the CIB’s formal education program to reach school children within the Inland Bays watershed.
Contact the CIB’s Outreach & Education Coordinator:
(302) 226-8105 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Participating Teachers
Background and Procedures for the James Farm Outdoor Education Program:
James Farm Trail Map: