All SARC field trips include a classroom session where the students learn the basics of aquaponics, then move out to the SARC greenhouse for the full experience. They’ll get to see our aquaculture & hydroponics systems, meet the fish, and see first-hand the effects a recirculating system has on water retention! Field trips can also include lunch at the Armstrong Campus Galley, a short campus tour, and a tour of the Biology Department greenhouse.
- Weekday fieldtrips are $5 per student (no lunch) $13 (with lunch)
- Weekend fieldtrips are $10 per student (no lunch) $18 (with lunch)
Contact the Director or Curator if you would like to discuss a field trip for your group!
Can you grow floating food with fish poop? We do! Students will learn about the integrated agricultural ecosystem that is aquaponics via a short lecture & activity. They’ll finish up by touring our 7,000+ gallon research system in the greenhouse, including ~8 lb tilapia!
Generalized Agenda: Field Trip for [Your School Here!]
- Tour biology greenhouse
(Biology department specimens and botany research)
- Intro to aquaponics
(Lecture and activity about aquaponics)
- Tour SARC aquaponics facility
(See and learn about our replicated 7,000+ gallon research system in the greenhouse, including renovations that are underway)
- Tour of Armstrong Campus
(See highlights on campus, including the International Garden and species of interest in the campus arboretum)
Shoes appropriate for walking on coarse gravel in a greenhouse and on the tour around campus.
Potential Learning Outcomes from SARC Field Trips
- What is aquaculture? Hydroponics? A biofilter?
- How does a greenhouse work?
- Where does our food come from?
- What is sustainable agriculture?
- What is a food desert?
- What can be grown using aquaponics?
- Why is aquaponics more sustainable?
- How is aquaponics an ecosystem?
- What is replication using independent systems?
- How do scientists monitoring environmental and water quality parameters?
- What is hydroponics?
- How do you care for plants in a greenhouse?
- What is a pest? A pathogen? Integrated pest management?
- What is biomass?
- How do farmers plant seeds for growing in water?
- When are various vegetables in season?
- What nutritional deficiencies can plants have?
- How do you fertilize in hydroponics/aquaponics?
- What is aquaculture?
- How does a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) work?
- How do you properly care for fish? What is fish husbandry?
- What water quality are needed for various fish
- How do you tell when a fish is sick?
- Can you raise fish eggs/fry?
- What is the purpose of including the fish?
Last updated: 6/7/2021