School Curriculum Programs
Bladensburg Waterfront Park offers science and social studies curriculum programs to grades kindergarten through eighth grade at our location or at your school. The interactive programs and activities can range from 30 to 90 minutes. Programs may include natural or historical artifacts, experiments, hands-on activities, crafts, and learning experiences, writing, math, and/or art activities, and various outdoor components. Programs can be adapted to compliment the Maryland Common Core Curriculum Requirements. Program outlines are available upon request.
While in the park, students can also take a nature walk on the Anacostia River Trail & boardwalk, explore the big red caboose, ride bikes (call for group rates), visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center, and have fun on the playground. Picnic tables are available under a covered pavilion. Teachers can also request a complimentary pontoon boat tour down the Anacostia River with a paid program or activity from April 1-October 31. Most of our programs can be modified for all grade levels. Call for more information.
FeesPrograms presented at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (minimum 15 people)
students can Explore the wetlands and trails on a guided bike tour. What better way to experience the Outdoors. Call for more information, group rates and availability.
Pontoon Boat tours are available with a scheduled program or activity only. Please call ahead and reserve a program or activity. Choose from the list below. Some programs and activities can be modified to fit the teacher/leader specifications. Call the Naturalist for more information.
Social Studies Programs
Native American LifeStudents will learn about the Native Americans that lived along the Anacostia River. They will explore the lifestyles, food, clothing, and cultural traditions of Native Americans.
19th Century Children Activities & GamesThe 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. 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 & Habitats (Pre-K-grade 2)Students will explore the changes that occur in the life cycles of animals. They will also learn about the habitats and homes of wildlife.
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 experiments such as sink or float in order to further explore the concepts of water.
Young Surgeons-Life Science/Biology (GRADEs 5-12)Explore the fascinating anatomy, morphology, life cycles, adaptations, and characteristics of various animals. Students will investigate, explore, and dissect animals or animal parts such as frogs, worms, eyes, bugs, starfish, animal hearts, snakes, birds, rats, and more. The students will compare and contrast their specimens with the human body and other animals. They will obtain a better understanding of how the body parts can work together to help a species survive. The lessons will also discuss how to live a healthier lifestyle. Safety goggles, gowns, mask, and gloves are provided. Reservations require a two week advance notice. The class can range from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the specimens selected.
Animal Characteristics (pre-k-GRADE 4)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. Hands-on activities are available.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Conservation (GRADES 2-5)Using multimedia and visual aids, students will learn about recycling and conservation.
Weather & the Water Cycle, (grades 3-5)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 4-8)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 4-8)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 3-8)
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. Hands-on experiments and activities will engage your students and will help them better understand their connection to the environment.
History Detectives (grades 3-6)The students team up and go on a history hunt through the park to find the answers to historical questions. They will explore the interpretive signs distributed throughout the park, the Big Red Caboose, and visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center to discover the answers to the questions. Some clues are given at the Clue station and some are written. Detective materials and writing tools are provided.
nature Detectives (grades 1-6)The students will team up and go on a fun filled nature hunt through the park to find the answers to nature, science, and math questions. They can walk the board walk and discover the natural answers. Some clues are given at the Ranger Clue Station and some are written ahead of time. Detective Materials, measuring tools and supplies and writing tools are provided.