Come explore one of the largest wilderness areas in Washington, DC! Living Classrooms offers educational programming for grades pre-K through 12th. Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region offers a unique outdoor education experience at Kingman at Heritage Islands. Students are encouraged to get curious about nature and explore the variety of ecosystems using a hands-on approach. Each program builds a connection to nature and an applied understanding of STEM concepts.
Program themes address a variety of STEM principles and Next Generation Science Standard curriculum. Please note that these the themes were designed to teach a connective message, however program activities can be customized to target specific age groups and classroom lesson plans. Educators, community leaders and non-profit organizations can pick from one or more of the following themes to create the perfect outdoor experience for their students.
Watershed Exploration: Students will learn how the Chesapeake Bay was formed and shaped, and how the role the water cycle and human impact affects the Watershed and Bay.
Invertebrate Investigation: Students will collect aquatic, benthic, and terrestrial invertebrates to determine their place in the food web and their scientific classification. Students will record their findings and draw sketches in field notebooks.
Forest Ecology: Students learn about riparian forests and the benefits they have on their local watershed. Students look at the anatomy of a tree and learn how to identify different species while hiking diverse trails. Students explore what is found in a forest ecosystem and look at how biotic and abiotic factors interact.
Habitat Hunters: Students will explore the diversity of habitats on Kingman Island such as Tidal Freshwater Marshes, Vernal Pools, Forests, and Temperate Meadows. They will learn general ecology about each environment and compare basic traits and types of inhabitants.
Nature Skills: Learn fun outdoor hobbies as well as some survival skills that apply math and science principles relevant to the Anacostia and greater Chesapeake Bay environment. Activities include orienteering, fishing and canoeing.
Team Building: Learn how to work as a team by completing challenges around the island. These activities force each team to look at the strengths of the individual and how those strengths will help the team move on to the next challenge.
Restoration: Throughout the year we are working on a variety of restoration projects. Projects include invasive species removal, river bank restoration, meadow and riparian habitat restoration, and many more.
For any questions regarding the Kingman and Heritage Islands Park, events educational programming, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region.
Living Classrooms Phone: (202) 488-0627 ext. 232