Elementary Field Trips

PreK - 5th Grade

No Field Trips or Outreach until Summer 2020

Based on the latest COVID-19 guidelines, we will NOT be hosting field trips at the Great Plains Nature Center or visiting other facilities for the remainder of the Spring semester.

But you can Skype a Naturalist!

We will work with you individually to determine the best way to augment your virtual classroom and how we can connect (not necessarily with Skype).

We're working on updating our programs so if you have any questions please contact Lyndzee Rhine at Lyndzee@gpnc.org. Please bear with us during this transition.

Our goal is to reinforce what the students have already learned by providing them with a unique experience. Program curricula are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All programs will incorporate inquiry-based exploration to excite and foster a sense of awe for the natural world.

Program Options

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PreK Field Trip

Preschool field trips consist of a book and a live animal encounter.

These programs typically last about 20-30mins.

Kindergarten Field Trip

Topic: What Living Things Need to Survive.

NGSS: ESS3.A - Natural Resources. Living things need water, air, and recourse from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. (K-ESS3-1)

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail and an animal encounter.

Program length: 1 hr

1st Grade Field Trip

Topic: Life Cycles

NGSS: LS1.B - Growth and Development of Organisms. Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. (1-LS1-2)

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail, an animal encounter, and a tour of Koch Habitat Hall.

Program length: 1.5 hours

2nd Grade Field Trip

Topic: Habitats

NGSS: 2-LS4-1 - Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail, an animal encounter, and a tour of Koch Habitat Hall.

Program length: 2 hrs

3rd Grade Field Trip

Topic: Adaptations

NGSS: 3-LS4-2 - Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail, an animal encounter, and a tour of Koch Habitat Hall.

Program length: 2 hrs

4th Grade Field Trip

Topic: Structure and Function

NGSS: 4-LS1-1 - Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail, an animal encounter, and a tour of Koch Habitat Hall.

Program length: 2 hrs

5th Grade Field Trip

Topic: Animal Relationships

NGSS: LS2.A - Interdependent relationships in ecosystems. The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. Some organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms (both plants or plants part and animals) and therefore operate as "decomposers." Decomposition eventually restores (recycles) some materials back to the soil. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Newly introduced species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. (5-LS2-1)

This program consists of a guided, half-mile hike through Chisholm Creek Park on a paved trail, an animal encounter, and a tour of Koch Habitat Hall.

Program length: 2 hrs

Homeschool Groups

Homeschool groups may choose any grade level topic and staff will adapt that program to suit the needs of the ages that attend.

Program length: 1 hr

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Field Trip Policies

We reserve the right to turn away unscheduled groups if our building capacity is already full. Rain or shine, plan to be outside.

Program Coordinator: Lyndzee Rhine lyndzee@gpnc.org