Kickstart Our New Nature Field Trips
in the Gardens!
Will you help local children discover a love for the natural world? This fall, Historic London Town and Gardens will debut a new field trip program in our gardens. This program will introduce young students to the wonders of nature and foster in them a passion for the living world.
What will students do during the field trips?
During the Magic in the Garden field trip, preschoolers and kindergartners will investigate what a garden is and what treasures exist inside. They'll learn who and what benefits from a garden. The students will enjoy a “Please Touch!” multi-sensory garden tour. Storytelling and creative play will bring the gardens alive. Kids will gather seeds, identify insects, and learn the uses of plants – and so much more! They’ll even create fairy wands to bring the garden’s magic home with them.
While participating in the Senses & Seasons field trip, 1st – 3rd graders will discover nature’s surprises. Their exploration will bring classroom concepts to life. Students will use all their senses during an interactive scavenger hunt. They’ll rattle seed pods, smell plants like wintersweet & paper bush, and touch many textures. Pollinator games will teach them the importance of insects and animals. They'll learn how to measure the diameters of trees. Students will create a take-home item to continue the experience beyond their visit.
Please help us kickstart this new field trip program with a donation today! Any amount makes a difference towards our goal $10,000 by June 30th. Your support will do so much – like preparing the gardens, purchasing supplies, and providing expert staff to lead the programs.
Currently, over 5,000 students participate in London Town’s colonial history programs each year. With your generosity, another 1,800 students will discover the joys of the gardens during these new nature programs.
Your donation ensures that students receive an important foundation in environmental literacy. During the field trips, students will engage with nature directly. They'll explore throughout the woodland, ornamental, and Sound & Sensory Gardens. Here they’ll find diverse habitats. The gardens are home to special plant collections (e.g., camellias, woody peonies, magnolias, etc) and wildlife (e.g., osprey, turtles, foxes, etc). And the students will learn how plants are connected to our waterways. This is especially important at London Town, which is nearly encircled by the South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
Overseeing the new nature programs will be Chelsea Kelly. She was recently hired as London Town's first naturalist. The programs were developed with expert guidance. We worked with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, the founding director of the Nature Preschool at the Irvine Nature Center. We are grateful to the Four Rivers Heritage Area, Lothian Ruritan, and the Davidsonville Ruritan. They generously provided grants for curriculum creation and early steps. And we thank you for helping us take the next step to start a new educational experience at London Town!
Thank you for donating today to kick off this new field trip program! Your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to updating you about the field trips’ debut later this year. We are grateful to you for introducing our community’s children to the amazing natural world.
Questions? Please contact deputy director Lauren Silberman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-222-1919 x205