Haw River Field Trip 2016

For Rising 5th Grade Students

October 5-7, 2016

Students will spend three days and two nights studying ecology in the wetlands environment within Haw River State Park. The skilled instructors of the park’s Summit Environmental Education Center will lead students through fun and engaging activities designed to help students better understand the biodiversity that can be found in North Carolina.

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Our field trip to Haw River State Park will give students an incredible opportunity to study ecology through fun and engaging activities taught by environmental experts. Students will develop group interaction skills, self-confidence, and environmental knowledge that directly coincides with the 5th grade science curriculum, all within a setting that cannot be replicated at school.

Sample Daily Schedule and Possible Activities

Note - Schedule and activities will be determined by Haw River State Park and are subject to change.


Day 1

10:00 - Arrival (flexible; add 2.5 hours to departure time)

10:15 - Introduction in ampitheater

10:30 - Large Group Games and Adult Orientation

11:00 - Split into groups

11:15 - Ice Breakers

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Learning Group Activities

3:00 - Cabin Check In

3:45 - Snack

4:00 - Learning Group Activities

6:00 - Dinner

7:00 - Nighttime Activities

8:30 - Camp Fire

9:00 - Snack/Bedtime to follow


Day 2

8:00 - Breakfast

9:00 - Large Group Activity

10:00 - Learning Group Activities

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Learning Group Activities

3:00 - Rest and Relaxation

3:45 - Snack

4:00 - Learning Group Activities

6:00 - Dinner

7:00 - Nighttime Activities

8:30 - Camp Fire

9:00 - Snack/Bedtime to follow


Day 3

8:00 - Breakfast

8:30 - Cabin Check Out

9:00 - Large Group Activities

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Departure


Possible Activities

  • Animal Adaptations

  • Bat Ecology

  • Campfires

  • Predator/Prey

  • Soils Investigations

  • Teambuilding

  • Wetlands Ecology and Identification

  • Wilderness Survival

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Cost: $110

We hope to significantly reduce this cost through the fundraising opportunities shown below.

Fundraising Opportunities

Butter Braids (April)


We will be selling Butter Braids in April. Last year this helped us raise about $700 for the trip, reducing student cost by about $7 each. More information will follow.


Haw River Dance (May 13, 2016)


The Blackburn PTO will be hosting a dance to support our Haw River Field trip.


Any parent who volunteers to chaperone this dance will have $20 taken off their child's Haw River payment. The remaining proceeds from the dance will be divided evenly among students to reduce the cost of the trip. More information will follow.


(Please keep in mind that chaperoning this dance has no bearing on whether or not you will be a chaperone for the actual field trip.)

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What Next?

Please start preparing by saving up money for the trip. October will be here before we know it!


Please contact us if you know of a church or local business that would be willing to donate money toward the trip, either to reduce costs or sponsor individual students.


There is no need to purchase any clothing or supplies for the trip. Updated packing lists will be sent home In September, but please be aware that clothes shopping is not necessary.


More information will be sent home in September, including the following:

  • packing guidelines (updated for 2016)
  • chaperone information
  • medication forms and physician's orders


If you have any other questions, please email me at fletcher_ross@catawbaschools.net.

More Information for Parents (includes pictures from past trips)

More Information About Activities

PAcking Guidelines (From last year)