Available Backpack Programs
Students become real-life scientists with our hands-on environmental Backpack Program. The program is designed to inspire students to become actively engaged through inquiry-based learning and citizen science in our 160-acre outdoor classroom. Whether they are dip netting for macroinvertebrates in Chester Creek, searching for Monarch butterfly caterpillars in our fields, learning how to tell a bull frog tadpole from a green frog tadpole at the frog pond, or helping us find signs of woodpeckers in the Beech Forest, your students will gain a deeper understanding of environmental topics and practical skills that they can use in all areas of their education. All backpack programs are designed to run outdoors and are written to meet PA state education standards. Call 610.459.2359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule and for pricing.
Visit a pond, forest, and field in this active field trip to discover animal habitats. Learn about the food, water, shelter, and space that all animals need to survive, then visit three different habitats to see what make them the same and what make them different. Students will love the opportunities to discover the animals that hide under logs, cling to tall grasses, and swim through the water in this student-driven habitat hunt! PreK - 2nd grade
Fly like a butterfly and see like a bee in this exciting trip into the world of insects! Students will explore the topics of metamorphosis, insect anatomy, and insect senses as they track the life cycle of a butterfly, use insect senses to rediscover their surroundings, and search for insects in the forest and field. PreK - 2nd grade
Young foresters will love this hands-on program that explores the amazing lives of trees! Students will work together to construct a tree’s life cycle, then study the rich diversity of trees by matching leaves, bark, flowers, and fruit with the trees that they came from. Finally, they will immerse themselves in the seasons of the forest with an exciting scavenger hunt as they discover the forests of our 160-acre outdoor classroom. PreK - 2nd grade
Reptile and Amphibian Adventures
We love our reptiles and amphibians at Newlin, and we're sure that you will too after this exciting adventure into the world of frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and more! Students on this field trip will learn to classify reptiles and amphibians by their common characteristics while meeting a corn snake and a toad, discover where amphibians live and how they grow, and trek to the frog pond for a chance to search for the reptiles and amphibians that live there! Pre-K to 2nd
Aspiring herpetologists will love the opportunity to get up close and personal with the reptiles and amphibians of southeastern Pennsylvania in this frog and snake-filled adventure! Students will get to meet Newlin's very own corn snake and toad, learn about frog calls and the frog life cycle, then visit the frog pond to conduct a tadpole experiment. 3rd to 5th grade
Ecology in Action
Discover the diversity of the park at Newlin with this fun ecosystem-exploring journey! Visit a forest and a stream to learn about producers, consumers, decomposers, and food chains. Along the way, students will search for the plants and animals that call each ecosystem home, and conduct an experiment to find out which ecosystem is more diverse. 3rd to 5th grade
Get your hands wet with this water-based field trip! Students will have the opportunity to act as citizen scientists to help us determine the health of Chester Creek while learning about watersheds, human impacts on water quality, and the amazing organisms that call our waterways home! 3rd to 5th grade
Nature Walk: Prehistoric Newlin
Take a time-traveling trip into prehistory on this exciting nature walk! Discover the living fossils hiding in plain sight along our trails and compare them to some actual stone fossils. Students will learn all about geologic time and gain a new appreciation for the past as they explore the world around them! 2nd grade and up
Nature Walk: Seasonal Newlin
Enjoy the changing seasons of the park with our seasonal nature walk. Students will learn how the sun and the Earth work together to create the seasons, and use their senses to identify the plants, animals, and distinguishing characteristics that help to identify each season at Newlin. Pre-K to 5th grade
This program was made possible with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.