Prepare for your Field Trip

Before the Trip

  • Tell us about your class: Look out for a confirmation email asking more questions about your class. This helps us tailor your trip, promote accessibility and support learning.
  • Sign up at least 2 chaperones per class. Up to 6 per class are welcome. Share this chaperone tip sheet with them to help them prepare.
  • Review the behavior expectations with students
  • Dress for success: Students should wear comfy clothes and closed-toed shoes that comply with the school dress code and are appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities. Consider jackets, hats, water bottles, sunscreen, etc

Day of the Trip

  • Students should wear name tags.
  • Center staff will meet you out front to walk you into our site. If you brought lunch to eat after the trip, you can leave it on the bus or bring it in the lobby.
  • The whole group will be split into 2 classes of 20-36 students each. Each class will work in small groups of 4-6 students each. Please divide your group into 2 classes each and each class into smaller groups ahead of time or we’ll do it the morning of your field trip.
  • We rely on teachers and chaperones to assist students and handle discipline. Adults are expected be actively engaged, ready to assist and not on their cell phones. We'll review this with all adults during the introductions.
  • Restrooms and water fountains will be nearby for the majority of the trip that students can use as needed. There will also be a 10-minute break halfway through the day.

Take your Trip to the Next Level!

  • Correlate Concepts: Research shows students learn the most on field trips when they can connect the concepts covered to their classroom learning. Check out our Supplementary Lessons for field trip related resources and pre and post trip lessons.
  • Orient to the Center and Schedule: Research also shows students gain more if they know what to expect. Tell students what they'll be doing, review the schedule and consider giving them a preview with our online campus tour.
  • Enter your students in a contest for a great way to apply what they learned. 
Coming on a rainy Day tips
Behavior Expectations
Students exploring garden
School bus arriving for field trip