The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, with the help of a Green Grants award from the Delaware Nature Society and Delmarva Power, will bring the classroom outside for local students this fall through the James Farm Education Program.

Started in 1999 as a partnership with the Indian River School District, the James Farm Middle School Education Program offers outdoor, hands-on learning opportunities for local students. Essential funding for the fall 2018 semester is provided by a Green Grants award from Delaware Nature Society and Delmarva Power.

The James Farm Middle School Education Program, managed by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, serves about 1,000 students from the Indian River School District each year.

“Experiencing the unaltered forests, meadows, and sandy bayside beaches at the James Farm is a great experience for students,” said Amy Barra, education and outreach coordinator for the Center for the Inland Bays. “For them, the program is often inspirational as well as educational. It’s a chance to see science in action.”

The James Farm program is an extension activity aligned with the school’s science curriculum. After learning concepts in the classroom, students head out to the James Farm Ecological Preserve to participate in hands-on activities, conducting many of the experiments done by professional and citizen scientists. In addition to students from Indian River School District, this fall the program is expanding to also include students from the Jefferson School, who will visit the site to learn about animals that rely on the Inland Bays habitat.

For more, visit inlandbays.org.