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Hands On/Waders On Learning for Students in the Watershed

Teachers! Homeschoolers! Scout Leaders!  Consider a field trip to James Farm!

We have developed activities for children Pre-school to 6th grade that are closely correlated with Delaware Science Content Standards and Performance Indicators…and they are fun! If you are interested in bringing your group to James Farm for an outdoor learning experience contact Sally Boswell, Education Outreach Coordinator at 302.226-8105 or email at outreach@inlandbays.org.

Everything You Need To Know About Visiting James Farm Ecological Preserve With A School Group

Activities for Students at James Farm

Schoolyard Habitats-Greening Schools in the Inland Bays Watershed

In 2006, the CIB created a partnership with the Indian River School District to build Schoolyard Habitats at schools throughout the watershed creating outdoor learning centers that begin with a wetland and grow each year and can include rain gardens, bluebird trails, and butterfly gardens and other ‘growing’ things.

What are Schoolyard Habitats?
Schoolyard Habitats are living classrooms for hands-on learning, where students can conduct their own investigation and research…transforming schoolyards into outdoor learning discovery zones.

What does a Schoolyard Habitat look like?
We are beginning with a wetland, but a Schoolyard Habitat is a growing thing…each year, something new can be added; a butterfly garden, a blue bird trail, a wildflower meadow, a raingarden…anything that creates a habitat for native plants and animals…that provides food, cover, nesting places or water for native wildlife. If you build it…they will come!

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James Farm Outdoor Education Program

Perhaps the largest, open-air “classroom” in the area, the James Farm Ecological Preserve is home to our James Farm Outdoor Education Program for Middle School Students in Indian River School District, now in its twelth year. Each year, over 500 students come to James Farm to learn about wetlands, estuarine ecology, and watershed studies. Encompassing about 150 acres along Indian River Bay, the Preserve features nature trails, a boardwalk to the bayside beach, observation platforms, a rustic amphitheater for programs and an informational kiosk. These facilities, which are free and open to the public, are accessible from Cedar Neck Road north of Bethany Beach.

The CIB staff also promotes greater awareness of the Inland Bays through participation in environmental festivals, educational workshops for teachers and talks for clubs and organizations. One of the Center’s largest outreach efforts is its quarterly newsletter, the Inland Bays Journal, which keeps Inland Bays’ residents and visitors informed about the health of the bays, the Center’s research and restoration projects and other environmental topics. Check out the newsletter online at this website.

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