PREPARING FOR INSTRUCTOR-LED FIELD TRIPS
A CHECKLIST OF PRE-TRIP ESSENTIALS

Before Your 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 are welcome. Share this chaperone tip sheet with them to help them prepare.
  • Review 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.
  • Review our COVID protocols. Please let us know if you have any additional protocols you'd like us to include.
    • Everyone (including teachers and chaperones) wear masks indoors and outdoors. We will include one outdoor, socially distanced mask break during the field trip.
    • Doors and windows will be open in our classroom building.
    • Restrooms, tables, chairs, and supplies will be cleaned and sanitized after each program. 


Day of Your Trip

  • Students should wear name tags.
  • 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 15-36 students each. Each class will work in 6 small groups of 3-6 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 heavily on teachers and chaperones to assist students and handle discipline. Adults are expected to 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 field trip.
  • Due to our new NGSS-aligned grade-level-specific programs, most field trips will not include visiting Sam the tortoise. Consider using part of your 10-minute break or the time right after the field trip program to visit Sam if you would like.


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 field trip related resources for ideas on pre and post trip lessons.
  • Orient to the Waterwise Community 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 as a great way to apply what they learned. 
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COMING ON A RAINY DAY?

We recommend wearing rain boots or water-resistant shoes & raincoats. Consider packing an extra pair of socks for after the trip.

Rain ponchos will be provided.

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TYPICAL FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

10 min – Introductions with the whole group. Then split up into 2 classes.

45-65 min – Science/Engineering Lab or Field Observation Activities. Working in small groups of 4-6 students.

10 minBreak. Bring your own snack. Activity switch!

45-65 min – Science/Engineering Lab or Field Observation Activities. Working in small groups of 4-6 students.

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BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

The Waterwise Community Center is a habitat, or home, for many plants & animals.

Be respectful of plants, animals & people.

Be a good team member. Share materials & tasks.

Raise your hand so only one person is speaking at a time.

Walk, don’t run, on the paths & stay behind the leader when being guided.

We may visit a groundwater recharge basin with very steep sides. Following the guidelines that will be shared is VERY important to stay safe.

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After Your Trip: