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Field Trip Programs at Port Discovery 

Please note: In-Person field trips and group visits to Port Discovery are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this time, we're offering a variety of live and pre-recorded virtual learning programs.

Looking for virtual field trips, programs and activities for your students? Explore our Live & Pre-Recorded Virtual Learning Programs, featuring unique, fun, and educational programs hosted by Port Discovery educators. Explore art, science, animals, and a variety of other topics with your students. Programs are well suited for children in preschool through 5th grade! 

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Field Trip Programs at Port Discovery (Temporarily Suspended Due to COVID-19) 

Please note: In-Person field trips and group visits to Port Discovery are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this time, we're offering a variety of live and pre-recorded virtual learning programs.

Hands-on learning and adventures at Port Discovery can be enhanced through the many educational, interactive and fun programs offered at the Museum. Choose from programs focusing on Arts & Culture, STEM, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, Early Education and more – and help children get hands-on with the topics they’re learning about in the classroom!

Find a downloadable guide to Port Discovery's Field Trip Programs plus information on educational standards the Port Discovery School Group Programs handout

Make a Reservation

Contact us for more information and to make a reservation at 410.864.2727 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org. Groups are encouraged to book their trip to Port Discovery at least four weeks in advance. Reservations are required.

Port Discovery is committed to welcoming all guests to experience Port Discovery, and provides a variety of accommodations for visitors with special needs. To discuss and arrange accommodations, please contact us at 410-864-2727 or email groupsales@portdiscovery.org

Field Trips for Pre- K Students

All About Water Color

PreK – 5th Grade

This program connects play and learning through a fun-filled exploration of the properties and techniques of watercolor painting. Through the use of different materials and methods, we will learn new methods of painting as well as scientific properties of watercolor paint. Children will conduct a series of artistic exercises to test the properties of different materials and the ways in which they interact with watercolor paint.

From Seed to Tummy

Pre-K

This program connects play and learning through hands-on activities, a fun interactive read-aloud, and individual exploration of plant foods and how they grow. Young children and their adults will discover together some of the plants that we grow and eat on the farm or in a garden and investigate different aspects of the Maryland farm.

Oceaneer Puppeteers

Pre-K

This program connects play and learning through the exposure of puppetry performance techniques to imagine and simulate ocean exploration. Using different materials, including full body animal puppets, school group members will create the various elements found under and over the ocean.

Float, Float, Float Your Boat

Pre-K

This program connects play and learning through group and individual STEM activities that explore the measurement, density, and buoyancy. Young children and their adults will discover the wonders of floating and sinking through story, song, experimentation, water play, and a very special friend that floats.

Ship, Ship, Hooray!

Pre-K

In this program children will explore the port as a wondrous place of colors, shapes and sizes! Through team work and playful challenges, we will learn about volume and measurements, and discover the important role containers and shipping play in the world.  

Field Trip Programs for Kindergarten - 5th Grade

A Whole World

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Through guided play, children will research where certain food items come from and what their value is. They will work together to create a trading system, determining a cost value for each item, then negotiate with each other to complete a list of food necessities. This will provide them with an opportunity to use basic math skills to evaluate and compare the value of various items.

All About Water Color

PreK – 5th Grade

This program connects play and learning through a fun-filled exploration of the properties and techniques of watercolor painting. Through the use of different materials and methods, we will learn new methods of painting as well as scientific properties of watercolor paint. Children will conduct a series of artistic exercises to test the properties of different materials and the ways in which they interact with watercolor paint.

Ancient Mystery Challenge

3rd-5th Grade

Working together as groups of archeologists, children will go on an investigative journey to solve several mysteries that will create a complete record of a lost Egyptian pharaoh. They will perform a variety of archeological methods to determine the identity, background, and location of the pharaoh.   

Archaeologists of the Future

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

A “time traveling” mission to Ancient Egypt. Children explore various areas including a marketplace, the Nile River, and a Pharaoh’s tomb. Then get assigned to specific sites to locate, verify, and describe which archaeological findings are accurate for that location; based on the context of the site.

Oceaneer Puppeteers

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This program connects play and learning through the exposure of puppetry performance techniques to imagine and simulate ocean exploration. Using different materials, including fabrics, giant shadow puppets, and full body animal puppets, school groups will recognize the impact and effects that ocean engineers study.

Play Within a Play – The Odyssey

3rd - 5th Grade

This program connects play and learning through using a combination of ancient Greek theatre techniques and modern theatre equipment in the creation and performance of an original dramatization.

Quilt While You’re Ahead

3rd - 5th Grade

Demonstrating the beauty that can be found in functional everyday items, quilts were born out of necessity and need. In this program we will trace the roots of quilting in farm life, it becoming a form of artistic expression, and nowadays a tool of promoting awareness for social issues around the world. Children will have an opportunity to create a version of their own, focusing on issues that they would like to promote individually and as a group.     

You’re Hired!

This program connects play and learning through structured dramatic play that has a pre-determined set and desired outcome. Children will assume the various roles needed to operate a port and accomplish tasks that mimic day-to-day port operations.

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Make a Reservation

Contact us for more information and to make a reservation at 410.864.2727 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org. Groups are encouraged to book their trip to Port Discovery at least four weeks in advance. Reservations are required.

 

Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits and programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Department of Education. Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

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