Self-Guided School Field Trips
Registration for 2019-2020 Self-Guided Field Trips begins August 7, 2019
To meet demand for youth field trips, the Park offers Self-Guided Field Trips for CCSD, private school, and home school groups in any grade on
Wednesdays and Fridays, October through April. CCSD grades 3-5 are eligible for Guided Field Trips. Learn more.
To participate in the Self-Guided Field Trip program, Wetlands Park requires teachers to take a 3-hour training class, including educational and onsite resources to help plan their field trips. All teachers are required to take the Self-Guided Field Trip Training (1 CCSD CU) in order to schedule and lead their class field trip.
On the day of the field trip, Wetlands Park staff will present a 15-minute Park introduction. Groups have access to the Nature Center Exhibit Hall and Auditorium, and can follow the marked self-guided tour route in the Nature Preserve. The Training Class is currently free.
How to Schedule a Self-Guided Field Trip
Complete the Field Trip Request Form online. This is also the form to sign up for the training.
Please be prepared with: School, principal, coordinator, and teacher contact information; and the number of classes and students who will be participating, and the dates each teacher can attend the training. No more than 2 classes (about 60 students) can be accommodated per Field Trip date. Schools may request multiple dates.
Schools requesting Self-Guided Field Trips must concurrently enroll teachers/group leaders in the required training class. One teacher or group leader for every 30 students must take this training. Invdividual teachers who attended the training within the last three years and led a Self-Guided Field Trip in the prior school year do not need to repeat the training.
Trainings will be offered on the following dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:
- Saturday, September 28, 10 am - 1 pm
- Sunday, September 29, 10 am - 1 pm
- Saturday, November 16, 12 pm - 3 pm
- Sunday, November 17, 12 pm - 3 pm
- Saturday, January 11, 12 pm - 3 pm
- Sunday, January 12, 12 pm - 3 pm
- Saturday, February 22, 12 pm - 3 pm
- Sunday, February 23, 12 pm - 3 pm
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