Millbrook Park Research Field Trip

Middle School Science Research Field Trip

Since 2009, Rockport 8th graders have collected and analyzed annual data in the Millbrook Park Watershed, under the guidance of NOAA scientists. Students analyze invasive and migratory species and discover how these species interact with the watershed’s habitat. By monitoring invasive plants in Millbrook and invasive crabs at Front Beach, students learn how invasive species displace native species. This field trip occurs late spring, when the American Eel, a protected species, migrates to Millpond. This walking field trip enables students to apply their earth, life, physical science and technology design knowledge to local field research and take action in local environmental issues.

“We are so grateful for the Ed Foundation’s continued support of the 8th grade Millbrook Park field trip. It gives our students the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of life science, earth science and technical engineering, as their culminating middle school science research event.” - Carolyn McWilliams, 8th grade science teacher