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Chesapeake Bay Field Study Program

Nature Discovery Classes for Children

No child left inside!Early Explorers at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Managment Area

Early Explorers, for ages 4 to 6 years, meets on Tuesday mornings. Each class meets for 90 minutes. Two class times are offered - each session runs for 6 weeks.

Class sizes are limited to 8 participants, so register early!

SESSION 1 - Sept. 22 through Oct. 27

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. (1st class time)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (2nd class time)

WHERE: Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, directions

COST: $70/6-week session (includes 6 90-minute classes)

QUESTIONS: Call Kim Hosen at 703.499.4954 or

Click here for Registration Form.

This six-week session introduces children to the natural world beyond their backyard. Classes will create and encourage a connection to the outdoor world by examining a fun and unique topic each week including trees, animal homes, birds, the forest floor, and seasonal changes.

Each morning will begin with a story or poem as an introduction, followed by a discovery walk.

The budding naturalists will finish with an artful creation related to the day’s adventure. For ages 4 – 6. Classes begin Tuesday, September 22 at Merrimac Farm.


Chesapeake Bay Field Study Program
Contact us at or 703.499.4954 to find out how your school or community group can participate!

Discovering nature close to home.Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area provides the real-life examples we need to relate information from our classroom maps and textbooks to our day to day lives.

During the Field Study, youth, teachers and parent chaperones have the opportunity to go birding with binoculars, catch aquatic critters with dip nets and use field microscopes to view specimens. Keep reading...


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