Field investigations help students become systems thinkers, learn the skills of scientific inquiry, and understand that science doesn’t only happen in a laboratory or classroom. Outdoor experiences in natural settings increase students' problem-solving abilities and motivation to learn in social studies, science, language arts and math. The Field Investigations Guide (download below) helps K-12 teachers introduce their students to the methodologies for field studies.
Using fish and wildlife for field investigations with students gives them authentic science learning experiences. If your school would like a basic workshop that focuses on designing field investigations -- including posing research questions, planning and conducting investigations, using evidence to describe findings, communicating research findings to target audiences, and asking new research questions based on findings -- contact Judy Silverberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For NH examples of field investigations, go to: www.nhplt.org/resources/field_investigation_models