Arlington Echo Grade 4

Every AACPS fourth grade class visits Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, MD, for a one-day or overnight field experience as part of their environmental literacy learning. Arlington Echo programs are linked to the science curriculum throughout the school year. Through exciting, hands-on activities, students investigate the human impact on climate, land, water and living things in the Chesapeake Bay in its watershed. They are challenged to put environmental ideals into action.

Students travel to different learning stations on site, gathering information to develop an educated and environmentally responsible answer to an overarching question: How can we help the Chesapeake Bay? Activities include marsh exploration, canoeing, seining, stormwater investigation and more.

Supervision and instruction are provided by Arlington Echo staff and volunteers recruited by classroom teachers. All volunteers undergo background checks.

Meals are provided in the dining hall. We challenge students to be “Waste Watchers,” who minimize their food waste by following the philosophy "Take what you like; Eat what you take" and by participating in our on-site composting program. Students aim for a "Zero Waste" meal.

Climate controlled cabins with bunk beds and bathroom facilities provide overnight accommodations. Arlington Echo is a 24-acre outdoor education site owned by AACPS. It includes forest, stream and wetland habitats and is located on the Severn River.

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Students should have adult supervision at all times. Chaperones escort students to their activities, meals, rest rooms and other camp locations. Chaperones support activity leaders by encouraging student participation and by helping out as needed. Check the weather and dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Closed-toed shoes are required. Check in at school and get a badge.

Click here for chaperone information packet

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Tips for Chaperones

1. Smile and introduce yourself.

2. Review expectations with each group: walk, stay together, and follow instructions.

3. Praise good behavior whenever you see it.

4. Don’t hesitate to address unsafe or inappropriate student behavior when necessary. You are in charge! Address behavior in a positive and calm way.

5. Get involved with the students and the activity. Assist the instructor.

6. Turn cell phones and other electronic devices to “OFF” or “VIBRATE.”

7. Make bathroom stops between activities.

8. If necessary, take students to health room or office for first aid.

9. Try to stay on schedule.

10. Help students treat the environment and facilities with care.



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