There is no place better to support your classroom efforts than here at Woldumar Nature Center.

Woldumar field trips are led by experienced naturalists who engage classes in interpretive hikes, educational games, and interactive demonstrations. We can accommodate up to 90 students, unless special arrangements or program modifications are made. Up to 1 chaperone per 4 students may attend for no additional charge, but additional adults and siblings are considered program participants and must be included in the program fee. Woldumar’s sheltered picnic areas, campus lawn, or indoor space may be used for lunch or snack with prior notice, when available.

Choose from our available field trip topics described below. Some of these programs are also available through our Traveling Naturalist program if you need us to visit your location (see below).

Please contact us at (517) 322-0030 with questions or suggestions.

 

Want to register your class for a field trip?

Fill out aProgram Request Form.

Download the 16-17 School Program Brochure

child_with_frogDESCRIPTIONS OF AVAILABLE FIELD TRIPS

ANIMAL HOMES AND NICHES

  • Grade: PreK-1
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Students learn about the basic needs of animals and how they interact with the living and non-living components of their habitats.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
  • Grade: 3-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Humans and animals have basic needs that must be met in order to survive. Students will filter water, build shelters, learn about primitive fire making, and experience an outdoor adventure.

 


GROUNDWATER ADVENTURES

  • Grade: 2, 6-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Students transform into water droplets as they learn how water travels through the environment. Key concepts include the water cycle, ground water, and surface water pollution.


INSECT SAFARI

  • Grade: 1-5
  • When: Fall, Spring
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Learn the characteristics of insects by comparing and contrasting them with other living things. Explore insects’ role in pollination and visit our Bug Field for insect collection and study.

NATURE DETECTIVES

  • Grade: PreK-3
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Students use their 5 senses to explore the natural environment as they learn about the heightened senses of some of our resident wildlife.

PLANTS ON THE MOVE

  • Grade: 1-5
  • When: Fall, Spring
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Plants tend to stay put… or do they? Games and exploration focus on seed dispersal, forest succession, plant identification, and invasive species.


POND PALS

  • Grade: 1-6
  • When: Fall, Spring
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Students learn firsthand about pond ecology, entomology, and aquatic life cycles as they carefully collect and inspect the inhabitants of our woodland pond.


REFLECTIONS OF A PIONEER CHILD

  • Grade: K-7
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Lansing’s early inhabitants of the mid-1800’s were true pioneers living at the edge of wilderness. Relive the experiences of Lansing’s own Darius Moon as you explore his boyhood home .


SEASONAL SURPRISES

  • Grade: 1-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

With each passing season, plants and animals must adjust and adapt to an ever changing habitat. Learn about life cycles, seed dispersal, and winter adaptations.


WEB OF LIFE

  • Grade: 4-7
  • When: Year Round
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours

Every living thing is connected, from a blade of grass to a field mouse to a snowy owl. Students explore relationships and how changes to the environment affect our planet.


FIELD TRIP EXTENSIONS

Expand your student’s learning by scheduling additional time at Woldumar with your class. Spend more time exploring the trails or complement the program with writing or reflection time. There is no additional fee for expanded use of Woldumar’s trails and grounds. Fees may apply if indoor space is requested.

TRAVELING NATURALIST PROGRAMS

When you can’t get away to visit Woldumar, we bring nature to your classroom, schoolyard, or local park. Programs can be one or two hours long. Call for more information about our assembly style Traveling Naturalist programs. The following field trip programs can be modified for your classroom – Animal Homes and Niches, Insect Safari, Nature Detectives, Plants on the Move, and Web of Life (see descriptions above).

GM GREEN

GM GREEN is a free program for secondary education students, supported by General Motors and funded through the General Motors Foundation. GM GREEN enhances your natural sciences curriculum, employing chemistry to study biology and ecology in a real-world setting.

While the GREEN process is widely variable and adaptable to meet your classroom objectives, a typical GREEN experience involves visiting a river or stream to conduct water quality and macro-invertebrate sampling and analysis. Woldumar staff, General Motors Environmental Scientists, and Michigan State University students work together to teach students how to use the sampling equipment, conduct the study, and interpret the results.

Educators interested in taking part in this program or learning more should contact Woldumar’s Program Director Brittney Mulka (email: programs@woldumar.org; phone (517) 322-0030 ext. 2)

ANNIE’S BIG NATURE LESSON

Did you know that Woldumar is one of Michigan’s nature centers participating in Annie’s BIG Nature Lesson, where teachers and students immerse themselves in a full week of in-depth ecological study, including teacher-led lessons, independent student observation, and research time. See http://bignaturelesson.org/ for more information about their program.

student group presentationField Trip Payment Information


REGISTRATION

Fill out a Program Request Form or call Woldumar Nature Center at (517) 322-0030 to register your class for a field trip. Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and require a minimum two week notice. Programs fill quickly so register in advance and have alternate dates in mind. When calling, please be ready to provide the following information:

  • School/organization Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Contact Person for Confirmation Materials
  • Program Choice
  • Choice of Dates and Times
  • Grade Level and Number of Students
  • Lunch/Gift Shop Arrangements
  • Special Needs or Requests


FIELD TRIP PROGRAM FEES

  • One hour field trips (preK-8th grade)are $4.00 per student for one class, $3.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $75 minimum per class.
  • Two hour field trips(K-8th grade) are $5.00 per student for one class, $4.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $100 minimum per class.
  • Full day field trips (2nd-8th grade) are $10.00 per student for one class, $8.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $200 minimum per class.
  • Self Guided field trips (all ages) are $1 per person.

TRAVELING NATURALISTPROGRAM FEES

  • One hour program: $85 per class
  • Two hour program: $120 per class
  • $0.75/mile will be added to programs which require more than 10 miles of travel.


PAYMENT

  • An invoice is e-mailed to you two weeks before the day of the scheduled program and is due before your program begins. Make checks payable to Woldumar Nature Center.
  • Additional participants can pay on the day of your program with a check or exact change.
  • There is a $30 fee for all returned checks.

 

 


CANCELLATIONS

For a full refund, notice of cancellation must be made 7 or more days before the scheduled program. Cancellations made with less than 7 days notice will receive a 50% refund. If Woldumar initiates the cancellation of a program, we will refund 100% of the program fees you paid to Woldumar. In the event of inclement weather as determined by the Woldumar Naturalists, programs will be modified or alternative activities will be provided inside as space allows. This may result in a shortened program. If thunderstorms arise during an outdoor activity, the program will be immediately moved indoors for participant safety. The program may then need to be shortened.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Classroom scholarships are now available. Contact Woldumar for more information.