Safety Considerations

You need to look after both the participants and the monitoring site. Deciding how to act at the monitoring site can be a good exercise in consensus decision-making by the participants.

Safety considerations for the participants

Have adequate supervision for the number of children on the field trip.

Brief supervisors and participants about any minor hazards that may be encountered.

Teach safety rules for each activity.

Review personal gear needs with the participants before the day of the field trip (p. 1 of the Field Guide).

Use the buddy system.

Establish physical boundaries and keep everyone in sight.

Bring drinking and hand-washing water, biodegradable soap, a first aid kit and cellular phone.

Find out if any of the participants have allergies to bees, grass, pollen, etc. and be prepared. A bee sting kit should be brought if any participants are allergic to bee stings.

Have the participants wash their hands with clean water and soap before they eat.

Safety considerations for the monitoring site

Minimize the damage to plant cover by using existing trails if possible and planning routes.

Watch out for ground-nesting birds.

Do not pick flowers or dig up plants.

If rocks or logs are turned over to see what is underneath, put them back. They provide homes for animals.

Be careful that your group does not cause shore or bank erosion by their movements along the water's edge. Walking on wet ground leaves long-lasting, deep footprints.

Do not bring home any animals. Aquatic invertebrates and frogs are hard to keep alive for long, and no longer have a chance to breed. This is a waste.

Do not bring home any souvenirs. Even shed feathers are used as nest liners by birds and small mammals.

Do not litter.

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