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As a class you will review the written expectations for being in the field during ORS monitoring.  Students have an opportunity to reflect upon the expectations.


  • Describe at least three expectations for field work
  • Articulate their hopes and fears about working in the field

Before you get started

Tips for Teachers

  • It is very important to clearly state the expectations for your students before you go in the field for your first Oyster Restoration Station expedition!  Clear expectations is an important part of a safe and productive field experience.

  • Modify the Field Expectations Contract as need be to fit your school and situation.  Make it as complete as possible.

  • The field should be treated as another classroom; a place of learning.  

  • Keep your schedule in the field tight and organized.  There should not be any down-time in the field.  If the students need to eat lunch, consider giving them a maximum of 30 minutes. The students are there to monitor their ORS and have a great time doing it!

  • If you are requiring the students to bring certain items in the field (e.g. water bottle, clipboard, jacket, etc.) take the time to check for these things before you leave and give each student a preparedness grade.

  • Don’t ask your students to do anything that you’re not willing to do (e.g. get your clothes or hands dirty, touch a squirmy worm, etc.)

Instruction Plan


  1. Explain: Today we are going to review the expectations for your work in the field during the Oyster Restoration Station (ORS) expeditions.

  2. Each student gets a BOP ORS Info Sheet.  

  3. Review the info sheet and what it means to monitor the ORS.  

  4. Have the students make a list of questions about the ORS.  Save these questions and revisit right before or after your first ORS visit.

  5. If you want to go into more depth, you can also hand out the BOP Oyster Restoration Station Field Manual and Data Sheets at this point.

  6. If you have any of your own photos of the ORS or monitoring activities, this is be a great time to show them to your students. Each student gets a Field Expectations Worksheet and complete #1-2.


  1. Hand out the Field Expectations Contract

  2. Read the contract outloud.  You can read it, you can have students take turns reading or a combination of both.

  3. Emphasize or elaborate on important points.

  4. Consider using the Field Expectations Images to supplement your reading of the contract.  This slideshow has a handful of example images that go along with various point in the contract.  Add to and personalize the slideshow with images that will resonate with your students.

  5. Each student completes #3 on the Field Expectations Worksheet.

  6. Save this worksheet and revisit after your first ORS expedition.  Give the students time to answer their own questions and concerns.


  1. Consider having the students “illustrate” one point or one section of the contract in a way that suits them best.  

  2. Allow the students to choose from a variety of assignments/mediums (e.g. drawing, photography, music, writing, etc.).


  1. Students bring the contract home, read it over with their parents/guardians, and bring it back signed.  

  2. Keep the signed copies in the classroom.

  3. We highly recommend pulling out the contracts before each ORS expedition for a brief review.