Experiential Environmental Education for 3rd-4th Graders at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park


Experiential Environmental Education for 3rd-4th Graders at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park


(3rd - 4th grade)

Engaging Environmental Education to prepare for SOL's

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  • GROUP SIZE: 8-120
  • LENGTH: 5-6 hours
  • LOCATION: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

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Use an EARTHQUEST Passport as a tool to introduce environmental education lessons to 3rd and 4th grade students at Hemlock Overlook's outdoor classroom. Designed around the Virginia Standards of Learning for science and history, the learning stations enhance, supplement, and build upon classroom learning. A unique way to review for the SOL!


3rd Grade

  • Soils Station: See the recycling and decomposition process of the forest and how a tree is turned into topsoil.
  • Water Cycle Station: At the pond, investigate and understand the water cycle and its relationship to life on earth.
  • Investigation Station: Use observations, predictions, and data gathering to answer questions about the state of our natural resources.
  • Life Forces Station: On a hunt through the woods, see the adaptations that plants and animals have made to respond to life needs.

4th Grade

  • Investigation Station: Development continues to encroach on the land surrounding our park resulting in a resource management issue. Students will investigate the park and make predictions about the future.
  • Resources Station: Students come together to discuss the resources management issue in a town meeting forum.
  • Life Processes Station: Up close and personal with a tree, students study the structure of typical plants by becoming a working part of one.
  • Living Systems Station: This Hands-on station gives the students a chance to investigate park wildlife and learn about energy flow through food webs.

Adventure Links in cooperation with NOVA PARKS.

Our site in Northern Virginia is located on 425-acres at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Clifton, VA. Hemlock Overlook is situated just minutes from Washington, DC, and is managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Adventure Links has partnered with NOVA Parks and is the exclusive provider of team building at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.