The overnight program emphasizes group cooperation and a spirit of adventure and exploration throughout two days and one night. Three formal lessons, age appropriate and tied to the State Curriculum are led by the Elms staff. The classroom teacher has the opportunity to present a lesson of her/his own as well.
10:30 a.m.: Bus pick up at school.
11:00 a.m.: Arrival Elms, Orientation and LUNCH
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.: SESSION 1
3:00 -- 4:30 p.m.: Set Up Camp
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Free time/Dinner Preparation
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Dinner
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Prepare for evening program
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: EVENING PROGRAM
8:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Prepare for bed
9:00 p.m.: Bedtime/Lights Out
7:00 a.m.: Wake Up
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: SESSION II
10:30 a.m.: Take down camp
11:00 a.m.: Lunch
11:30 – 1:15 p.m.: SESSION III
1:15 -- 1:30 p.m.: Departure
The Elms Environmental Education Center has been offering residential programs for more than 30 years. Since the program’s move to the Elms Property in 1978, thousands of St. Mary’s County public school students have enjoyed the opportunity to experience the sprit of cooperation, expanded exploration of the natural world and the little understood and often forgotten ways of our earth at night. This opportunity survives to this day in the form of two day/one night overnight trips available spring and fall to grades 4 - 12.
All lessons are age appropriate and tied to the state curriculum. They may include, but are not limited to:
Customized environmental lessons can be developed for any content area. Contact Elms staff for more information.
(Lesson plans can be found in the "For Teachers" area of this site.)