Middle and High School Field Trips

This school year, we invite you to take your students beyond their textbooks, into the hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor experience that is Great Plains Nature Center.

All of our field trip experiences are free of charge.

Bug Netting

From beetles to butterflies, your class will get to enjoy being outside and discovering the wonderful world in insects!

  • What to expect: groups will be outside for a majority of the time during this two-hour field trip experience. Students will be collecting insects using equipment provided by the Great Plains Nature Center and putting their science and math skills to the test with the data they collect.
  • Please prepare your students for the weather by encouraging long pants and sleeves (to avoid ticks), sunscreen, and water bottles.
  • In the event of adverse weather alternate indoor activities will be available.

Plant Diversity

What is Biodiversity, and why should we protect it?
Discover the answer to this and many more questions regarding Great Plains resources at the Great Plains Nature Center. Let our naturalists enhance your students’ learning experiences in a “Living Laboratory” located within the city limits of Wichita, KS. 

Using plants as a model, students will be exposed to ecological concepts related to species diversity, and the importance of prairie habitats as a component of a healthy ecosystem. Field activities will reinforce these concepts and allow for exploration of Great Plains habitats.

  • What to expect: groups will be outside for a majority of the time during this two-hour field trip experience. Students will be determining plant biodiversity by collecting data in varying habitats. All equipment provided by the Great Plains Nature Center
  • Please prepare your students for the weather by encouraging long pants and sleeves (to avoid ticks), sunscreen, and water bottles.
  • In the event of adverse weather, alternate indoor activities will be available.

Limited Species Point-Count Survey

BIRD IS THE WORD.

The intimate linkages between some bird species and their habitats make them useful for identifying ecosystem health. Because of this, they can be indicators of deteriorating habitat quality and environmental pollution. Birds are incredibly useful as indicators to both the fields of environmental science and to human health.

Students will be instructed on how to conduct point-count surveys within a designated area in Chisholm Creek Park. With the data they collect, students will be contributing to science and population monitoring within the park. All tools and resources will be provided by the nature center.

  • What to expect: groups will be outside for a majority of the time during this two-hour field trip experience. Students will be conducting point-count surveys within the park using equipment provided by the Great Plains Nature Center.
  • Please prepare your students for the weather by encouraging long pants and sleeves (to avoid ticks), sunscreen, and water bottles.
  • In the event of adverse weather, alternate indoor activities will be available.

Water Quality

Why is the quality of water important to the survival of living organisms?

Discover the answer to this and many more questions regarding Great Plains resources at the Great Plains Nature Center. Let our naturalists enhance your students’ learning experiences in a “Living Laboratory” located within the city limits of Wichita, KS. 

Using a living ecosystem, a pond, students will collect data to determine the quality and health of the water body.

  • What to expect: groups will be outside most of the time during this two-hour field trip experience. Students will be collecting data on water quality using equipment provided by the Great Plains Nature Center and putting their science, math, and observation skills to the test with the data they collect.
  • Please prepare your students for the weather by encouraging long pants and sleeves (to avoid ticks), sunscreen, and water bottles. They need to be prepared to get wet, as well. Rubber boots or waders are recommended. We can provide a few pairs of boots.

Owl Pellets (Middle School only)

Let's get (a little) dirty! Students will learn about owl diets including their choice of prey, how their digestive system works, and what their scat looks like. Often confused with scat, owl pellets are a great way to see what owls have been eating. Students will be dissecting owl pellets and unraveling the mystery of what that owl ate for dinner. 

  • What to expect: groups will be outside for a portion of the time during this two-hour field trip experience. Students will be trekking through owl habitats, meet a live owl, and dissect owl pellets using equipment provided by the Great Plains Nature Center.
  • Please prepare your students for the weather by encouraging long pants and sleeves (to avoid ticks), sunscreen, and water bottles.
  • In the event of adverse weather, alternate indoor activities will be available.

Field Trips to Come

Fossils

Climate Change/Human Impact

Birding

Decomposers and the Nutrient Cycle