School Field Trips

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

Choose from a variety of single-day and multiple-day trips that will allow you to find the right experience for your class.

ONE-DAY FIELD TRIPS

We offer guided environmental education field trips for ECE to 6th graders Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30am-12:00pm.  The Monday before your trip, a Bluff Lake Educator will come to your class for a pre-trip outreach visit (30 minutes).Our field trips cost $8 per student.  Schools with Title I status and/or 50% or more student enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program qualify for free field trips. These schools may also qualify for a reimbursement of up to $150 for school bus expenses.

Sensory Discovery Field Trip (ECE-1st)
Students will use all of their senses to explore Bluff Lake and discover how animals use their senses in this 1.5-2 hour visit.  Expert naturalists and interactive games will help the natural world come alive.  Field trips include a classroom outreach visit the week prior.
NGSS: K-LS1-1.; K-2-ETS1-2.

Healthy Habitats Field Trip (K-2nd)
Students will discover the different habitats at Bluff Lake, which animals live in each habitat, and what they need to survive in this 1.5-2 hour visit.  Expert naturalists and interactive games will help students draw connections between different parts of the natural world they experience at Bluff Lake.  Field trips include a classroom outreach visit the week prior.
NGSS: K-LS1-1; K-ESS2-2; K-ESS3-1; K-ESS3-3; 1-LS1-1; 1-LS3-1; 2-LS4-1; K-2-ETS1-2.

Nature Exploration Teams (NETs) Field Trip (3rd-6th)
Students take the lead in this learning by completing self-directed science and critical thinking missions to explore the natural world at Bluff Lake. Each mission requires students to use their senses to look closely, record data, and ask questions about their environment.  (This is a one day field trip that includes a classroom outreach visit the week prior.) You may choose from one of our four recently updated missions: Water Mission, Epic 50, Leaf Mission, or Prairie Dog Census.
NGSS: 3-LS1; 3-LS2; 3-LS3; 3-LS4; 3-ESS3; 3-5-ETS1; 4-LS1; 4-ESS3; 4-ESS2; 5-PS3; 5-LS1; 5-PS1; 5-LS2; 5-ESS3; MS-PS3; MS-LS1; MS-LS2; MS-ESS2; MS-ESS3; MS-ETS1

MULTIPLE-VISIT PROGRAMS

If you are looking for more than a one-day field trip, our customized education programs for 3rd – 12th grade offer a deeper dive into the Bluff Lake natural environment, the scientific process and offer multiple opportunities to visit Bluff Lake and work with Bluff Lake staff.  (These programs cost $8 per student for each visit to our site as well as any additional costs for development and in-school visits. Scholarships for Title I schools may still apply.  Please inquire for details.)

Nature Exploration Teams (NETs) Project-Based Learning (3rd-6th)
Students take the NETs science missions further with multiple visits to Bluff Lake and class time dedicated to asking and answering questions they discover about the natural world as well as analyzing their data.  Students use their questions to develop a plan of action for how to best investigate and respond to an engaging environmental challenge or question about Bluff Lake.
NGSS: Please contact us to learn more about NGSS alignment.

Field Work (6th-12th)
Students in middle and high school science can use Bluff Lake as a field site for environmental surveys and data collection.  Students can participate in water testing, organism identification, and tree boring as well as long-term data collection and comparison.  Bluff Lake offers students the opportunity to engage with Next Generation Science Practices in an authentic learning environment.
NGSS: Please contact us to learn more about NGSS alignment.

Tailored Programs (ECE-12th)
Bluff Lake Staff can work with you to design a program that targets your desired learning outcomes and the needs of your students, such as a service project or field work for part of a larger expedition.
NGSS: Please contact us to learn more about NGSS alignment.

To Register for any of our programs please visit the How to Register page. For any questions, please contact Maggie Willden at maggie@blufflake.org or visit our Field Trip FAQ page.