Fieldwork is an integral part of the Expeditionary Learning Program. Two Rivers uses the natural and social environments of our local communities as sites for purposeful fieldwork and service connected to academic work. Students working in the field are active investigators, using research tools, techniques of inquiry, and standards of presentation used by professionals in the field. Fieldwork is used to cultivate curiosity and background knowledge. Unlike a traditional field trip, fieldwork has a clear purpose that furthers the work of the expedition (i.e., students collect data, conduct interviews, do observations). In many cases, fieldwork takes place over an extended period of time with several visits to the same site. All parents are asked to sign a general permission slip during the registration process.
Students are expected to follow the Two Rivers behavior guidelines on all fieldwork expeditions. Students who demonstrate difficulty abiding by the guidelines may be prohibited from participating in fieldwork or a parent or guardian may be required to accompany them on the field study. If a student is prohibited from participating in a field study, he or she will be given work to be done in another location in the school. If a student is having a difficult time following the behavior guidelines on fieldwork, parents/guardians may be asked to pick up the student from the field location. On occasion, fieldwork expeditions may be scheduled to locations too far from the Washington, DC area to facilitate a return by the end of the school day. In these cases, parents may be asked to pick up their student from school at a later time. One of the many meaningful ways parents support learning at Two Rivers is to chaperone fieldwork. Teachers welcome parents on field studies. Though there may be occasions when parent participation is limited by space or tickets, in general, the more chaperones, the merrier.