Students and teachers from schools in Delaware and New Jersey enjoyed field trips to Delaware nature centers after winning the DuPont Clear into the Future® program’s first Clear into a Field Trip Giveaway.
The winners, Kathy McIntyre’s fourth grade class from Holy Angels School in Newark, DE; Judy Harris’s fourth grade class from Lower Alloways Creek Township School in Salem, NJ; and Amanda Mazzio’s students at Tender Loving Kare in Newark, DE, visited either the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, DE, or the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve in Milford, DE.
The contest was open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms in Salem and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey; Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; and all counties in Delaware.
To win, students created illustrations and captured photos depicting the beauty of the Delaware Estuary, its natural beauty, and its plant and wildlife. The Clear into the Future® program launched the field trip giveaway in the fall of 2011 in conjunction with a new educational website to inform elementary school students about the Delaware Estuary and its unique habitats. Teachers utilized the website in conjunction with classroom activities related to science and the local environment.
According to Peggy Vavalla, education liaison for the DuPont Office of Education and a Clear into the Future® volunteer, every child was engaged and their enthusiasm and excitement was evident during the trips to the nature centers.
“Most had never visited a nature center and they were amazed at the wildlife that resides just outside of Wilmington,” said Peggy. “They observed osprey and snapping turtles as well as a number of frogs and small fish. Smiles covered every small face as they enthusiastically shouted out each new discovery to their chaperones and classmates,” she added.
Kathy’s fourth grade class visited The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor. She commented that the field trip enriched the concepts which her class learned via the Clear into the Classroom® website.
“My class enjoyed the out of the classroom experience and learned so much about red knots, horseshoe crabs, and the Delaware Estuary. It brought to life the interdependence of this important ecosystem,” said Kathy.
To receive updates about future Clear into the Classroom® contests and events, please visit the teachers page.