School Curriculum Programs
Bladensburg Waterfront Park offers science and social studies curriculum programs to grades kindergarten through twelfth grade at our location or at your school. The interactive programs and activities can range from 45 to 90 minutes. Programs may include natural or historical artifacts, experiments, hands-on activities, crafts, writing, math, art and/or 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 take a nature walk on the Anacostia River Trail & boardwalk, explore the big red caboose, visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center, and have fun on the playground. Picnic tables are available under a covered pavilion. Most programs can be modified for all grade levels. Call for more information.
FeesPrograms presented at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (minimum 15 people)
Pontoon Boat Tours
Interpretive pontoon boat tours are available from April 1 - October 31 with a paid program or activity. Please call ahead to reserve a program. Choose from the list below.
Social Studies Programs
Native American LifeStudents will learn about the Native Americans that lived along the Anacostia River; The Nacotchtanks. They will explore their lifestyles, food, clothing, and cultural traditions. Hands-on activities included.
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 & 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 includes hands-on sensory activities and/or a guided nature walk.
Animal babies & Habitats (Pre-K-grade 2)Students will explore the changes that occur in the life cycles of animals, mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and insects. They will also learn about the habitats and homes of wildlife. Hands-on activities included
Water & You (K-grade 5)
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 and Surface Tension Challenge in order to further explore the concepts of water.
Animal Characteristics (pre-k-GRADE 5)
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. Explore the furs and bones of various animals.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Conservation (GRADES 2-5)
Using multimedia, visual aids and hands-on fun students will learn about the three R's, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Conservation. Participate in fun activities that will teach the importance of recycling such as Litter Detective and Recycle Relay.
Life Cycles of plants and Animals (GRADES 2-5)
Students will learn about the life cycles and characteristics of plants and animals. Exciting activities will enhance their knowledge of life cycles.
Weather & the Water Cycle, (grades 3-5)
Using multimedia, visual aids and hands-on fun, 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 weather elements.
Wetlands and River Ecology (grades 3-8)
The program will focus on various types of wetlands, functions and their importance to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environment. The students will also discuss wetland fauna and flora, 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 the importance of wetlands.
Plants, Photosynthesis and Cycles (Grades 3-12)
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 and experiments are available.
Meteorology & Weather (grades 4-8)
Using multimedia and visual aids and hands-on fun, 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 elements 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.
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 organ systems work together to help a species survive. The program 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.
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 3-6)
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.
nature Bike tours (grades 5-12)
Students can explore the wetlands and trails on a guided bike tour. What better way to experience the Outdoors. Call for more information on group rates and availability.