School Curriculum Programs
Bladensburg Waterfront Park offers science and social studies curriculum programs to grades kindergarten through eighth grade. The programs are approximately 1-1 ½-hour interactive multimedia presentations. Programs may include natural or historical artifacts and/or outdoor activities. Program outlines are available.
Students can take a walk on the Anacostia River Trail & boardwalk to explore nature up close or visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center to learn about the War of 1812 in Prince George's County. Picnic tables and a playground are available in the park. Teachers can also request a free pontoon boat tour down the Anacostia River from April 16-October 31. Most of our programs can be modified for all grade levels and adjusted to fit the curriculum requirements of the school. Call for more information.
FeesPrograms presented at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (minimum 10 people)
Social Studies Programs
Native American LifeStudents will learn about the Native Americans that lived along the Anacostia River. They will learn about lifestyles, food, clothing, and cultural traditions of Native Americans.
19th Century Prince George’s CountyThe students will learn about 19th Century Prince George’s County lifestyles and compare and contrast them to the 21st century. Students will be able to observe demonstrations, view artifacts, participate in hands on activities and children’s games utilizing toys from the 19th century.
Battle of Bladensburg and the War of 1812Students will learn about the American defense of Washington D.C. against the British invasion of Baltimore, Bladensburg, and Washington D.C. in August of 1814. The presentation includes background information on The War of 1812 covering the reasons for the conflict. The students will be able to view and explore artifacts and reproductions of items that were typically utilized during this time.
Nature Senses (Pre-K – grade 2)Use your senses to learn about nature. Students will identify the five senses and the related body parts. The students will also classify objects based of sensory information to include color, texture, size, sound, taste, or shape. The program may include an outdoor hike.
Animal babies (Pre-K – grade 2)Students will explore the changes that occur in the life cycles of animals
Animal Habitats (K – grade 3)Students will learn about the habitats and homes of various animals. The program will include information on the hibernation and migration patterns of various animals.
Water & You (K – grade 3)Using multimedia, visual aids, and fun activities, students will explore the major components of water, the water cycle, water conservation, water safety, and the importance of water as a natural resource to the survival of plants and animals. The students will participate in hands on sink or float experiments in order to further explore the concepts of water. They will also work in small groups to design and create a boat made of aluminum foil that will float.
Reptiles & Amphibians (GRADEs 1 - 8)Explore the life cycles, adaptations, and characteristics of amphibians and reptiles. Students will investigate and explore the behavioral patterns of reptiles and amphibians and describe the differences between the two.
Rocks & Minerals (GRADES 3 - 6)Students will learn to classify rocks by their properties: size, weight, color, texture, and shape. A hands-on presentation examines nature's building blocks and explores how these natural resources are used. (available at our location only)
Animal Characteristics (k – GRADE 8)Discover where animals live, what they eat, how they move, how they adapt to survive, and much more. The program will focus on Reptile, Amphibians, Mammals, Birds and Fish.
Life Cycles of plants and Animals (GRADES 2 - 8)
Students will learn about the life cycles and characteristics of plants and animals.
Plants, Photosynthesis and Cycles (Grades 3-8)
This program emphasizes plant structure, functions, characteristics, and reproduction. Learn the importance of green plants and energy flow, the process of photosynthesis, and the respiration cycle. Students will hike to an area to study biotic and abiotic features of forest ecosystems using visual aids, multimedia, and measuring tools.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Conservation (GRADES 2 - 6)Using multimedia and visual aids, students will learn about recycling and conservation.
MAMMALs (GRADES 3 - 6)The students will learn about the world of mammals. Explore the life cycles, habitats, adaptations, and characteristics of mammals.
Weather, Water Cycle, & Water CONSERVATION (grades 3 - 8)Using multimedia and visual aids, the students will explore the major components of weather, the importance of weather to the survival of plants and animals, the water cycle, and water conservation. In addition, students will learn about the tools used to measure the changes in the weather.
Meteorology & Weather (grades 3 - 8)Using multimedia and visual aids, explore the major components of meteorology and weather, the importance of weather to the survival of plants and animals. Learn about the tools used to measure the different aspects of weather
Natural Resources (grades 3 - 8)The students will identify renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and its impact on society. They will explore various methods to conserve natural resources and discuss pollution and its impact on the environment.
Wetlands and River Ecology (grades 3 - 6)The program will focus on various types of wetlands, their functions and their importance to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environment. The students will also discuss the water cycle, watersheds, pollution, erosion, and other factors affecting wetlands in Maryland.