Field Trip - River Ecosystems and Living Organisms

Come explore the exciting world of North Carolina’s fresh water ecosystems in this wet and wild Field Trip. Students will learn about local watersheds, conduct water tests, and wade into the Eno River in search of all kinds of aquatic life.
* This Field Trip is only available in warm weather, and requires students to wear shoes and clothes that they are able to get wet.
  • Kindergarten

    Ecosystems Concepts for Kindergarten include:

    • The difference between living and nonliving objects within an ecosystem
    • Physical features and resources within different ecosystems
    • Predator/prey relationships within our local ecosystem
    • The basic needs of plants and animals for growth and survival

    Essential Standard: K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2

  • 1st Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 1st Grade include:

    • How humans have a direct impact on an ecosystem
    • The importance and role of nutrients and energy for the living organisms within an ecosystem
    • Exploring both negative and positive effects that humans have on the plants and animals within an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.2.1, 1.L.2.2

  • 2nd Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 2nd Grade include:

    • The life cycles of plants and animals from birth to death
    • The differences and similarities between life cycles of various species
    • How different plants and animals survive in their environment
    • How humans have a direct impact on an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2, 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2

  • 3rd Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 3rd Grade include:

    • The parts and function of plant structures (roots, stems, leaves, flowers)
    • Effects of environmental conditions on plant survival and growth
    • Life cycle of plants from seed dispersal to death
    • How water and soil conditions affect plant growth and survival
    • The differences and similarities between life cycles of various species
    • How different plants and animals survive in their environment
    • How humans have a direct impact on an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 3.L.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 3.L.2.3, 3.L.2.4

  • 4th Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 4th Grade include:

    • Survival rates and population change of plants and animals within an ecosystem
    • Human impact on an ecosystem (erosion, pollution, consumption, etc.)
    • Conservation and sustainability of different ecosystems
    • How available resources affect plant and animal populations
    • How different plants and animals survive in their environment
    • How humans have a direct impact on an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 4.L.1.4

  • 5th Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 5th Grade include:

    • The interdependence of plants and animals within their ecosystem
    • The differences between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
    • Photosynthesis
    • Producers, consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem
    • Biotic vs. abiotic factors within an ecosystem
    • The water cycle and human impact on an aquatic ecosystem
    • Survival rates and population change of plants and animals within an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.L.3.1

  • 6th Grade

    Ecosystems Concepts for 6th Grade include:

    • Food chains and food webs within an ecosystem
    • Exploring the parts of a flower and their function (stigma, pistil, stamen)
    • Cellular respiration in plants
    • Plants’ and animals’ response to environmental stimuli such as weather, fire, disease, and pollution
    • Examining how different plants and animals have adapted to survive in various biomes and ecosystems
    • How to use different animals and plants as bio-indicators of water pollution
    • Survival rates and population change of plants and animals within an ecosystem

    Essential Standard: 6.L.1.1, 6.L.1.2, 6.L.2.1, 6.L.2.2, 6.L.2.3