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10th Grade Field Studies

Students in the 10th grade participate in field studies that combine chemistry, biology and National, State & Local Government fields. Below is a sample of some of the activities that they participate in.

Storm Drain/Water Quality Study
Capitol Hill and National Archives
Morgan State University's Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research (PEARL)

Storm Drain Study/Water Quality Study

Students hear from local officials on the importance of storm drain management within Montgomery County Maryland and learn various techniques to reduce runoff. They discuss the role that local, state and federal government play in maintaining and improving our water quality. In addition, water samples are collected and chemical tests are preformed to analyze the impact of development on water quality.


Capitol Hill and National Archives

On a visit to the National Archives the students reflect on the importance of the constitution and its historical and cultural value today. The students take advantage of a guided tour of Capitol Hill where they can see our national government first hand.



Stewardship is a major theme in the Global Ecology Program. It is important for students to not only understand the environmental challenges that face us but also to realize that they can make a positive difference. Stewardship projects vary from year to year and involve such activities as invasive plant removal, planting riparian buffers, and removing tree shelters. Students have worked with variety of non-governmental and governmental organizations such as the National Park Services, Potomac Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Smith Center and Montgomery County Parks.

 Click HERE for a time-lapse video of Global Ecology students in action on a stewardship project of creating a rain garden!


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Morgan State University's Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research (PEARL)

Students explore the Patuxent River on the Morgan State University Research Vessel, sampling oyster populations and collecting and analyzing the chemistry of the water samples back at the Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory. In addition, students will explore the cultures of the Native Americans and early colonists through a visit to the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory. They will learn about the connection between chemistry and archeology.


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