Make your school’s next field trip a learning excursion at the Ward Museum. We strive to offer dynamic, hands-on programs to fit your needs and to assist you in meeting state guidelines. We offer a variety of age-appropriate education programs for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students on topics of art, culture and nature, that are aligned with the Common Core, Environmental Literacy, and STEM objectives. Standard field trips include a nature journal framework throughout the excursion.
Optional Items to Add to your Visit
Lunch at the Museum – While the Museum cannot provide food for your visit, we are happy to share our space with your students and make our outdoor tables and indoor lobby space available for visitors to enjoy lunch in; before or after their excursion.
Giftshop – Many students are interested in visiting the Ward Museum Giftshop. We are happy to accomodate you and your class in the Giftshop, just click the box that says “giftshop” on the field trip request form.
Museum Tour, All Ages – The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is proud of its extensive collection of wildfowl decoys and artistic carvings. They are a unique art form indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, closely tied to the history of the region. Guided tours are available to help students best appreciate the wonders within our museum and tie the exhibits to their curricular studies.
Nature Trail Tour, All Ages – Guides will lead your class through the Norman & Judy Glenn Nature Trail along Schumaker Pond, identifying many of our wetland plants, animals, insects, and birds. Binoculars and trail guides are provided!
Self-Guided Visits, All Ages – There are many ways to greatly enhance your self-directed museum visit and nature trail explorations. Activity guides, scavenger hunts and other exhibit materials are available by request during reservation.
Professional Development Training for Educators
Training in an assortment of curriculums can be scheduled upon special request for groups of 10 or more. Great for professional development days! Curricula that are available here at the Ward Museum include: Growing Up WILD, Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, Flying WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project WET 2.0. All trainings are located at The Ward Museum, Salisbury University, at 909 S. Schumaker Drive. Please bring a bagged lunch to each session.
Teacher Resource Kits for Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD
The Ward Museum provides FREE Flying WILD Resource Kits and Growing Up WILD Resouce Kits for Educators who have received Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD educator training.
The 2019 theme will be How We Live with Nature. Be on the lookout for a resource booklet to accompany this show. The annual non-competitive Student Art Show is open to all students on the Delmarva Peninsula in kindergarten through 12th grade. The event is open to public, private, and homeschooled students. The museum will start accepting entries to the show in January of 2019.
MAEOE Green Schools Program
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) is a nonprofit educational association that encourages, engages, and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use, and promote the natural world. The Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS) supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards in order for schools to smoothly work towards certification. Every Maryland school can be certified as a Green School through an application process consisting of five steps. Find the complete 2015-2016 Maryland Green School Application Guide here; Application Tips and Templates
The Ward Museum’s Role
As a MAEOE Green Center, the Ward Museum’s goal is to support schools in planning, finding funding, documenting, and assisting with the application process. In addition, the Ward Museum desires to model the best environmental practices as well as support community learning.
Free Help with Green School Certification
- Provide a Pre-Assessment to determine where the school already incorporates Environmental Education and best environmental practices
- Introductory consultations and presentations to staff about Green School Program
- Focused In-service or professional development for teachers
- Application development and review
- Webpage (Weebly) construction and assistance