Frosty Drew Field Studies

"Hands On, Minds On" is our philosophy, and students participating in a Frosty Drew field study program find it an unforgettable experience. We invite you to select one of our field studies that approach scientific concepts in life and earth science in a fun way. Students can expect many hands-on, minds-on opportunities as they inquire, observe, assess, learn, and better understand the interactions of the living environment. Our field studies address Rhode Island GSEs/GLEs and Connecticut's Common Core of Learning/GLEs, and can be adapted to specific curriculum needs. For questions and reservations, please contact us at fieldstudies@frostydrew.org or by phone at (401)859-1450.

Field Studies Programs

Life and Earth Science Field Studies

Our educators use the salt pond ecosystem in the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and the unspoiled barrier beach and lagoon in the Ninigret Conservation Area as their "outdoor classrooms." Frosty Drew Nature Center's field studies are designed to be of interest to teachers and group leaders as a realistic means of supplementing a regular classroom curriculum with an active approach to nature in an environment that most organizations cannot duplicate and at a price that budget administrators find attractive.

Estuary Adventures
Our "outdoor classroom" is the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, RI. Students explore the shore of a coastal salt pond, Ninigret Pond, and the shrublands that surround the pond. Using a 40-foot seine net, our naturalists gather specimens from the salt pond and help students to transfer them to a beach aquarium. Students examine the specimens and discuss adaptations, predator/prey relationships, and survival strategies. Through exploring the unique coastal shrublands surrounding the salt pond, students learn about the shrubland's importance to the salt pond ecosystem.
RI GRADE SPAN EXPECTATIONS IN SCIENCE:
Gr. K–2: LS1—1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 4a; LS2—5a, 6b; LS4—8a, 8b, 8c. Gr. 3–4: LS1—1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 4a, 4b; LS2—5a, 6b, 6c; LS3—7a, 7b. Gr. 5–6: LS1—1a, 2a; LS2—5a, 6b; LS3—9a, 9b; LS4—10a, 10b, 10c. Gr. 7–8: LS1—1a, 1b, 2a; LS2—5a, 5b, 5c, 6a; LS3—9a, 9e; LS4—10a, 10b

CT CURRICULUM STANDARDS IN SCIENCE:
Gr. Pre-K: PK.2. Gr. K: K.1, K.2.a. Gr. 1: 1.2.a, 1.2.b, 1.3.a. Gr. 2: 2.3.b. Gr. 3: 3.2.a. Gr. 4: 4.2.a, 4.3.a. Gr. 5: 5.2.a. Gr. 6: 6.2.a, 6.2.b, 6.4.a. Gr. 7: 7.3.b. Gr. 8: 8.3.b
A Barrier Beach & Its Estuary
Our "outdoor classroom" is the Ninigret Conservation Area, Charlestown, RI. Students learn how the barrier beach and the salt pond were created. Students investigate the components of the barrier beach landform and examine the plant and animal life found on the beach. Using a 40-foot seine net, our naturalists gather specimens from the salt pond and help students to transfer them to a beach aquarium. Students discuss the dynamics of the two environments, compare the harsh seashore environment and the more forgiving environment of the salt pond, and discuss adaptations, predator/ prey relationships, and survival strategies.
RI GRADE SPAN EXPECTATIONS IN SCIENCE:
Gr. K–2: ESS1—1a, 1b, 1c, 6a; LS1—1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 4a; LS2—5a, 6b; LS4—8a, 8b, 8c. Gr. 3–4: ESS1—1d, 2a, 4a, 4c, 6a; LS1—1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 4a, 4b; LS2—5a, 6b, 6c; LS3—7a, 7b. Gr. 5–6: ESS1—3a; LS1—1a, 2a; LS2—5a, 6a, 7a; LS3—9a, 9b, 9c. Gr. 7–8: ESS1—3a, 3b, 3c; LS1—1a, 1b, 2a; LS2—5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6c, 7c; LS3—9b, 9d, 9e

CT CURRICULUM STANDARDS IN SCIENCE:
Gr. Pre-K: PK.2. Gr. K: K.1, K.2.a. Gr. 1: 1.2.a, 1.2.b, 1.3.a. Gr. 2: 2.2.a, 2.3.b. Gr. 3: 3.2.a. Gr. 4: 4.2.a, 4.3.a. Gr. 5: 5.2.a. Gr. 6: 6.2.a, 6.2.b, 6.4.a. Gr. 7: 7.3.b. Gr. 8: 8.3.b
Cost and Availability of Field Studies Programs
  • Field trips are 2.5 hours in length. The fee is $9 per student. Reservations are required, and there is a minimum charge of $150. A nonrefundable deposit fee of $25 is required to reserve your program.
  • "Estuary Adventures" and "A Barrier Beach & Its Estuary" are available each day from April 1–June 30 and September 1–October 31. "Estuary Adventures" is also available in the summer.
  • Our field studies address many science standards for Rhode Island and Connecticut. Our naturalists adapt our field studies to the ages of the students attending and to meet specific curriculum needs.
  • Through a grant from the Billy Andrade–Brad Faxon Charities for Children and the Dime Bank Foundation, Frosty Drew may be able to help you with funding for busing and field studies fees. To apply for this assistance, please send your request to Field Studies, Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, P.O. Box 160, Charlestown, RI 02813, or send an email to fieldstudies@frostydrew.org
  • If you have any questions or would like to book a program, please contact us by email at fieldstudies@frostydrew.org or by phone at (401)859-1450.

We look forward to working with your group!