Field trip Times & scheduling
Each 2-hour program begins by welcoming students to the park with a quick introduction before breaking off into small groups.
Each group spends the majority of their trip with our trained volunteer Nature Guides who will lead them through a brief classroom activity and a hike, which typically covers around a mile in an 60 to 90 minutes.
At the end of the program, all students will gather back together for a concluding discussion that serves to solidify the day’s underlying themes and provide some ideas about how to connect their experience at the park to their time back in the classroom.
If you wish, you can choose to extend your stay and eat lunch in the park before or after your program.
Each 4-hour program includes a morning segment (see above), a 30-minute lunch break, and an afternoon extension consisting of two activity rotations that are designed to supplement the morning’s hike with games, crafts, or forest exploration. Because of the physical and emotional demands of being outdoors for the bulk of the school day, these extended programs are not recommended for 1st grade or younger, though we are happy to discuss options for younger students as requested.
Note that groups doing our Invasive Species program afternoon extension may do so at no additional charge in thanks for their service!
Our suite of Early Childhood programs are designed to build comfort in nature while setting students up to be ready to engage in science learning as they prepare to enter Kindergarten. To better accommodate the needs of this younger audience, programs are scheduled for 1.5 hours with a lower student to guide ratio than our traditional K to 5th grade programs. For more information, scheduling details, and program outlines, please visit the early childhood program page.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
2-, and 4-Hour programs can be scheduled for groups of up to 60 students Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Teachers typically schedule their program to begin between 9:30 and 10:00 depending on their school’s first bell, transportation time, before-trip snack needs, etc.
We do offer opportunities for schools to schedule visits in the afternoons as well. Currently we are able to provide 2-hour field trips for up to 30 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 12:30, and are happy to discuss other options on a case-by-case basis.
Note that we have special policies to accommodate the unique needs of homeschool groups and online-based programs. Click here for more information.