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Water/Solid Waste Management

Wetland Ecology

Wildlife Survey

Wood Duck Study

Stream Waders Program

Invasion Ecology

Vulcan Materials Quarry Trip

Wildlife Forensics

Forensic Ornithology

Other Field Studies

Harford Glen On The Move



Field Study Procedures

Harford Glen staff members will schedule and confirm science field studies through the Transportation Office's electronic, on-line field trip request program.

  1. Secondary Field Study Procedures
  2. Contact Harford Glen representative via email to discuss dates, trip details and connections to NGSS.
    1. Chris Burley - Environmental and Chemistry
    2. Amanda Koss - Earth Science and Forensic Science
    3. Melanie Kane - Citizen Science Projects
    4. Kathy Decker - Other Field Experiences
  3. Once a date has been determined, please have a school administrator send the Harford Glen reppresentative an email approving the date of the trip.
  4. Your Harford Glen representative will send you a Permission Slip and book your bus.
  5. Once your bus has been confirmed by the transportation Department, your Harford Glen representative will send you the electronic bus confirmation to confirm the details of the trip.

Field Experience Trips

Water/Solid Waste Management
Students will develop an understanding of the impact that solid waste and water treatment can make on the environment.  Students will observe the operations at Sod Run Waste Water Treatment and Aberdeen Waste Water Treatment Facility and Scarboro and Tollgate Landfills.  Students are encouraged to think about where their trash and water goes.

These trips are scheduled from March through May.


 Wetland Ecology (back to top)
This trip is designed to introduce students to the ecology of the tidal wetland and floodplain forest. Students will use global positioning systems technology (GPS) to locate the sampling sites. At each site, students will collect sediment samples for analysis in the classroom. This data will then be compared to SAV/EAV growth to determine if a relationship exists. Students are encouraged to think about land use practices and their impact on water quality and local flora/fauna. These trips are scheduled from September-November and March-June.

Whitetail Deer

Wildlife Survey (back to top)
Students will learn to observe and interpret signs of wildlife. An authentic deer survey will be conduced using the pellet pile count method. Local wildlife management issues will be discussed. These trips are scheduled from October to February.

 Wood Duck Study (back to top)
Students monitor and maintain nesting boxes in various watersheds around Harford County. Data is shared with the Maryland Wood Duck Initiative. Canoes may be necessary to reach some locations. These trips are scheduled October through November and April through May.

Wood Duck  





Stream Waders Program (back to top)

This program is a volunteer stream sampling component of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey. Participants collect samples of benthic macrointertebrates in various watersheds throughout the county. Volunteers must attend a training session held each February taught by MBSS Biologists. These trips are scheduled February through May.

 Invasion Ecology (back to top)
Students practice methods that scientists use in monitoring invasive species, such as early detection surveys, plot sampling, and transect sampling.  Students discuss the impact of invasive species on native ecology. 

These trips are scheduled September through October and March through May.

Earth Science



Vulcan Materials Company Quarry Trip (back to top)
This field experience can be used as an introduction to the geology Unit or as a culminating activity for the Geology Unit. Students will have the opportunity to discover the ins and outs of open pit mining. Topics such as shipping materieal, methods of shipping material, uses of material mined at the Havre de Grace Quarry, history of the quarry at the Havre de Grace location, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, uses of various minerals and more will be covered during a comprehensive classroom experience. The students will conclude their visit with a bus tour of the quarry including the visitor overlook, a ride over the scale and a chance to collect rock specimens to take home.

Slate Trip (back to top)

Delta, PA was extablished in the mid-1800's as a mining town. The entire existence of the town is owed to the once lucrative Peach Bottom Slate. Students will tour the Coulsontown Cottages, stop at the Slateville Cemetery to investigate weathering on various tombstones, observe and complete a slate splitting activity at Stewart Slate Quarry and take a quick tour of the Old Line Museum. The trip concludes at a local restaurant where the students participate in a fast paced trivia game wrapping together all of their new knowledge.


Forensic Science

Wildlife Forensics (back to top)

Having a background of the natural world is important to a forensic scientist. Understanding tracks, animal movement, plant growth and more will help forensic teams understand a crime scene. A day trip to Harford Glen will allow students to team up and uncover the mysteries of the great outdoors. Scenes are not staged, but students will discover plenty of items to investigate and stories to unfold.

Forensic Ornithology (A lesson that travels to your classroom!) (back to top)

Birds involved in incidents and crimes are more common than you may think. The Smithsonian houses one of the only Forensic Ornithology labs in the world. Students will learn about that particular lab and have a chance to investigate a series of crimes. Students will use microscopes as well as iPad and a ProScope Mobile to investigate feather structure and solve a crime. Actual evidence and crime scene photographs help the students draw a solid scientific conclusion.   


Do you want to take your students on a field study that is not a Harford Glen planned lesson?  We can provide busses for that study.  The study must meet certain criteria outlined in the Other Field Study Procedures listed above.   Decide where you want to go, ask your administrator for their approval, fill out the Other Field Studies Request Form and send it to Kathy Decker.  She will then forward it to Howard Eakes for approval.  If he approves it, then Kathy will send you a bus confirmation once the bus is booked.  Howard may ask for clarification of details or more information.  The busses for these trips leave your school at 9:00 AM and return to the building no later than 1:45 PM.  Please take this into consideration when planning your field study.  All requests must be turned into Kathy Decker via e-mail or the school courier.  The sooner you can request the trip, the better the chances that your trip will be approved and a bus will be granted.  If you have any questions or need assistance please e-mail Kathy Decker.



Harford Glen staff can come to your school to help with lessons for Professional Development, plan schoolyard stewardship projects, model Citizen Science by birding with your students and more!