Life Cycles & Traits

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Grades K-2


This field trip covers the life cycles of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants with a focus on growth and development of organisms found in our native habitats. We explore traits of specific animals that enable them to progress to the next stage of development. We will discuss interdependent relationships in the ecosystem including how animals and plants utilize natural resources and how organisms can change their environment. When possible, we will use live animals or models to enhance identifiable life cycle stages. Includes exploratory walk or outdoor activity, weather permitting.

Program Details


Program length: 90 minutes

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 50

Program length: 120 minutes
Minimum: 51 Maximum: 100

Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students
Cost: $4.50 per person

Next Generation Science Standards


ESS2.E Biogeology (K-ESS2-2)
ESS3.A Natural Resources (K-ESS3-1)
ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems (K-ESS3-3)
LS1.A Structure and Function (1-LS1-1)
LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms (1-LS1-2)
LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (2-LS2-1)
LS3.A Inheritance of traits (1-LS3-1)
LS3.B Variation of traits (1-LS3-1)

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum


Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1
Standard 4: Topic C, Indicator 1; Topic E, Indicator 1
Standard 5: Topic A, Indicator 2