Field Trips

Field Trips

Kindle a lifelong interest in the outdoors!

These field trip programs aim to support the hardworking teachers of our local schools and homeschool groups that wish to provide their students with quality nature education. We want to help you give youth the opportunity to learn about nature from a hands-on experience. In these programs, we will share in-depth knowledge and a sense of personal connection to form a foundation of inspired lifelong learning.

Availability: Most Field Trip programs will not be offered throughout the summer, with the exception of the live animal programs. Full availability will resume in September.

Choose from the following programs:

Animal Track Safari
Recommended for grades K-8
Find signs left by the animals hidden all around you! Learn about browse, tracks, scat and other secret animal signs. Look at the wild with new eyes! Join us for a tracking adventure as we learn to read the clues that animals leave behind. Working together, we’ll find out more about the wild animals of our area by recognizing their patterns. This can be done in the schoolyard, on a forest field trip, or anywhere! Follow a secret trail through the woods to a hidden animal burrow. Make plaster casts of the tracks that we find and find out how to recognize the tracks of the animals of our area. This class is a celebration of hands on science and adventure.

Ecology Adventures
Recommended for grades 3-12
Through games, a guided naturalist hike and exploration, we will discover how everything in nature connects. See nature in action! Explore energy flow, interconnection, predator/prey dynamics and other natural systems that are at work in the wilds around us. Find the animals and plants nearby and learn how they interact. Choose: Aquatic Ecology, Field Ecology or Forest Ecology depending on location.

Living History: Ancient Ways
Recommended for grades 3-12
Experience the ancient ways of our ancestors. Through songs, stories, games, crafts and other hands-on activities, we will recreate the lifestyles of the ancient people of the Paleolithic (Stone Age). Discover stone tools, weapons, pigments and foods of the first humans to walk upon the Earth! How did they find shelter, carry water, make fire, and find food? Find out more in this journey back in time!

Plant Safari
Recommended for grades K-3 for a focus on plant parts and what plants need to grow
Recommended for grades 4-12 for a focus on plant adaptations and historic lore

Bring a botanist to your school! Discover new secrets about the wild plants growing in your schoolyard! This program includes little known plant lore, stories, games, and more. We will explore the science, folklore, and amazing facts about plants. Find plants used for food, dyes, medicine and more. Find out what puts the jewel in jewelweed, where to find a pawpaw fruit and how compass plant gets its name. Discover the wonderful breadth of food, medicine, tools, and art that wild plants can offer us.

Raptors Alive!
Recommended for grades K-12
A look up close at birds of prey. Students will meet live raptors (screech owl, barred owl, and red-tailed hawk) and learn the habits and habitats of these amazing birds. The raptors are some of the fiercest hunters over the skies of North Carolina. Students will meet these birds face to face and learn a few of their amazing adaptations. This program is packed with surprising facts, interesting stories and intriguing questions. Join us as we bring the world of the raptors alive for your students.

Small Wonders
Recommended for grades K-6
Seek out some of the smallest and most amazing animals in our midst. Watch their habits and lifecycle. Use simple guides, sweep nets, magnifying loupes and other tools of a naturalist. Find out what insects, frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes and frogs live around us. What makes an insect different than a spider? What makes a frog different from a toad? How are they born and how do they grow up? This is a rollicking adventure full of questions and discoveries.

Wild Bird Basics
Recommended for grades K-12. Activities and themes will vary according to age range of participants.
Discover the wonders of the birds by observing their habits and behaviors. We will learn about the art and science of ornithology and discover what the birds can teach us about what is happening in our own backyards! We will learn how to make bird calls, how to hide in a bird blind. We will also explore bird adaptations such as wing shape and beak shape, play games that teach about bird behavior, we will look up close at owl pellets, eggs, nests, feathers and more and we will go on a birdwatching walk with real binoculars!

The Wild Kingdom
Recommended for grades K-8
In this fun, engaging experience, students will meet a few live animals such as turtles, snakes, a silky dove, a screech owl and more. Explore animal adaptations and have a hands-on look at fur, teeth, skulls, and other animal treasures.

Details

Base price: $7 per student (10 students minimum at this price) for 1-2 program hours
With raptors: $50 extra per program (no extra charge for non-raptor animals)
Maximum group size for presentations: 50

To register your group for a field trip, contact us at (919) 489-0900 or at admin@piedmontwildlifecenter.org.

See a report from one of our field trips here!