Exporation Days

Unplugging and Reconnecting students with Nature. One day fieldtrips that are ideal for school groups, youth groups, homeschool families, or even as a unique birthday party idea!

Exploration Days are environmental education programs designed to support schools’ academic curriculum for grades K-8 and are aligned with Common Core State Standards. We provide natural science-based experiential activities while tying in additional content areas such as math and language arts.

Exploration Days reinforce classroom concepts, promote a sense of respect for the Earth, and enhance students’ ability to make responsible decisions in the future.

Common Ground’s facilitators engage students in interactive hands-on activities and lead hikes which explore different habitats such as a river, oxbow lake, floodplain forest, pine plantation, and perennial gardens. Students also gain the inherent benefits of exploring and connecting with the natural world.

What people are saying:

“I can see in all of my students a new found confidence in finding their voice and expressing their thoughts and feelings… I think you have done an outstanding job at relating the information in a way that creates an avenue for inquiry and discovery.”

Session Descriptions

We can accommodate group sizes from 25 all the way up to 100 students! We can also customize your trip to focus on different topic areas from the ones described above, there are just too many options to list! Request more information below and we will connect with you.

Comparative Ecology

Explore the east fork of the Vermilion River and our Pine Grove and Woodlands! Collect, compare and display data to see how an organism’s patterns of behavior relate to the nature of its ecosystem.

Nature Survival

Participants will learn what it takes to survive in the woods! Learn about basic survival needs. Topics discussed: edible plants, fire & shelter building, camouflaging, & outdoor cooking.

Wildlife Ecology

See the relationships within living communities. Explore and identify different ecosystems and food webs and the organisms within them. Identify animal tracks and learn what they tell us.

Environmental Art

Inspire students to be creative will being in nature and creating things using items found in nature. Students will make sun prints, picture frames, and homemade paper all from natural supplies.

Get Started

Common Ground is located in Oberlin, Ohio. Head to our Explore the Area page and find out about other things to do and places to stay in the area, or you can learn more about our organization, which has always proudly been not-for-profit.