Field Trip Options

Come explore a variety of habitats found on 52 acres of urban wilderness and experiment in our college-level labs! At Masonville Cove we strive to provide hands-on instruction that will supplement and enhance the needs of your students. All programs are aligned with national and state standards and provide a hands-on approach to learning.

Our featured programs, listed below, are themed, full-day program packages. The activities listed under each program title would fill your entire trip to Masonville Cove. However, we also welcome you to mix-and-match various activities to create the combination that will best serve your group. Click on the sub tabs above to view other activity options.

Day programs are generally 5 hours long and can serve up to approximately 30 students for $500.00 for a full-day program or $250.00 for a half-day program.Please note that some programs/activities may have additional material fees associated with them.

Programs can be adapted to fit nearly any age group and inherently address both Common Core and Environmental Literacy Standards. We can invite you to tell us how we can create an experience that enhance your classroom goals.

We are open for booking for the current school year. To schedule a field trip this fall or winter, please call 410-246-0669 x 103.

Need Funding for a Field Trip?

If funding for program fees and/or transportation costs are an obstacle for your group, we strongly encourage you to look into a mini-grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. By clicking on the following link you can find out how to apply for up to $5,000 for your project, which could include a trip to Masonville Cove: Click here for funding opportunities!

Featured Full-Day Field Trips

Who Killed Rocky Rockfish!

In this day-long, interactive environmental mystery for grades 3-6, students role play and conduct experiments to examine the possible roles of Solute Sally, Hot Water Harry, Danielle Debris, Oscar Osprey, and Food Chain Frank in the death of a local fish, Rocky. This day includes microscope use, experiments, and outdoor exploration. Critical thinking skills are reinforced as students consider human impacts on the Bay, and how their own actions can protect other aquatic life.

Wonders of Wildlife!

This program excites students about nature by allowing them to explore both the plants and animals of Masonville Cove. We can plan a day all about a particular critter of your choosing, get an up-close encounter with our resident reptiles, explore the property using your senses and/or use microscopes to study plant parts or plankton. This field trip ensures that your student will leave with an appreciation for wildlife and an understanding of how each part of our ecosystem has its own important role.

Watershed Wonders!

There is water water everywhere, but why is it so important? This watershed-themed day helps students connect the dots between themselves and the Chesapeake Bay. In this program, students will become scientists by conducting water quality testing, making observations of a runoff and/or watershed demonstration, exploring the shorelines of Masonville Cove and learning ways to keep our waters clean. Hands-on test kits and high quality colorimeter equipment are used at one or more of our multiple test sites on the grounds, including two piers and two vernal pools. If you want your students to understand the roles that humans have on our waterways and why we need to protect them, this field trip would be a great addition to your curriculum!

All About Plants!

How are plants beneficial on land and in the water? This plant-themed day excites students about the various types of plants and why they are important in our ecosystems. In this lesson, students will journey inside the plant in a flower dissection and examine its parts under a stereoscope! They will learn how to identify trees from their leaf structure and bark and will understand the importance of plants in protecting our shorelines here in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!


In this full day program, students engage in a combination of microscopic cell studies and DNA experiments. Older students apply kingdom classification to plankton and biofilm based on physical characteristics and the use of identification keys, while younger students compare uni-cellular to multicellular characteristics. DNA is extracted from an onion with common household ingredients. Middle and high school students learn the importance of careful laboratory experimentation and identification, micropipette use, and proper safety procedures.

Need Something Else? Mix and Match Program Activities!

We offer many other programs for various grade levels that may suit the needs of your students. Please find the row of green tabs above the title "Field Trip Options", choose a few activities, give us a call, and we will help you put together a field tip that will accommodate the needs of you and your students! We also provide field trips for students with special needs!

Teacher Testimonials

“Thank you so much for the wonderful experience we had over our two day visit to Masonville Cove. The students loved being there and learned so much. As a teacher, I was so impressed with the way you planned the day to fit perfectly with our project.” - Ms. Mullen, 3rd grade teacher

“Instructors were terrific! Great management with kids and very knowledgeable.” - Ms. Mills, 3rd grade teacher

“The program was cohesive from beginning to end. Hats off to a superior staff that has all that it takes: knowledge, skill, and personality! Thank you.” - Ms. Serksnis, Middle School teacher

The Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center (MCEEC) has been offering environmental programs for school groups since late spring of 2009. The day programs at MCEEC offer students unique opportunities to “learn by doing” with Living Classrooms educators in an urban wilderness conservation area. Environmental education includes such topics as the history of the Cove, water quality testing, oyster dissections, the geographic and socioeconomic significance of the Port of Baltimore, “green building” education, microscopic plankton and biofilm studies, and stewardship action projects for the Cove.