field trips


Let’s get your students outside and excited about science and nature!

Woldumar field trip programs are led by experienced Naturalists who engage your class in interactive lessons and hikes. Using inquiry-based learning and the outdoors as our classroom, classes explore Woldumar’s ecologically diverse 178 acres while learning about plants, animals, history, and habitats.We can accommodate up to three classes of 30 students. Special arrangements or program modifications may allow for larger groups. Programs are predominantly held outside so please dress for the weather.

Can’t bring your class to us? Working with one class at a time, the Traveling Naturalist program will send a Naturalist and the fun of learning about the natural world to you!

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 (indicated in the listing below).

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


Want to register your class for a field trip?

Fill out a Program Request Form.

Download the School Programs Brochure 2017-18




  • Grade: PreK-2
  • When: Year Round
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

Learn what animals need to survive and how Lansing’s animal inhabitants fulfill those needs. Compare and contrast different animal habitats and the animal’s role within that habitat.


  • Grade: 3-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

All living things need water! Explore where water is found in the environment, how it moves from one place to the next and how it is affected by pollution.


  • Grade: PreK-5
  • When: Fall, Spring
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

What is an insect? Collect and study living specimens as we learn about the characteristics all insects share and why insects are vital to our environment.


  • Grade: PreK-2
  • When: Year Round
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

Figure out how it all fits together! We will compare & contrast our senses and the senses of resident wildlife.


  • Grade: PreK-5
  • When: Fall, Spring
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

Plants tend to stay put…or do they? Collect and identify local plants and how they move through seed dispersal. Learn about invasive species and how their traveling is changing our local habitats.


  • Grade: PreK-8
  • When: Fall, Spring

Ever wonder what’s living just beneath the water’s surface? Student will explore pond ecology and aquatic life cycles as they collect and classify inhabitants of the woodland pond.


  • Grade: PreK-8
  • When: Year Round

What causes the seasons? Explore how plants and animals change with the passing seasons. Learn about life cycles, seed dispersal, and other adaptations.


  • Grade: PreK-8
  • When: Year Round

Life for Lansing’s early inhabitants of the mid-1800’s was very different than our own. Relive the experiences of Lansing’s own Darius Moon as you explore his boyhood home .


  • Grade: 3-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Also available in Traveling Naturalist Program

Every living thing is connected. Explore relationships between producers and consumers and how changes in our plants are affecting even large animals.


  • Grade: 3-8
  • When: Year Round

How can you fulfill your body’s basic needs for food, water, and shelter? Learn the skills you need to survive in the wild, such as reading a compass, water collection and filtration, shelter building, and fire starting.


  • Grade: 3-8
  • When: Year Round
  • Woldumar’s team building programs are led by experienced Naturalists who engage students in age-appropriate activities. Students learn community building and leadership skills through ground-based and low ropes initiatives. Students solve problems through communication, cooperation, and sheer determination. Debriefings focus on life applications. Special pricing and group size applies with half and full day options. (More information on available activities in this program are found in this flyer.)




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 Dan Auer (email:; phone (517) 322-0030 ext. 2)


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 for more information about their program.

student group presentationField Trip Payment Information


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


  • One hour field tripsare $4.00 per student for one class, $3.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $75 minimum per group.
  • Two hour field tripsare $5.00 per student for one class, $4.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $100 minimum per group.
  • Full day field tripsare $10.00 per student for one class, $8.50 per student for 2+ classes. There is a $200 minimum per group.
  • Chaperones: 1 adult per 4 students is included in price


  • $1.00 per person


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


  • An invoice will be e-mailed to you two weeks before the day of the scheduled program. Payment is required 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.
  • Refunds for overpayments will be made by check during the normal course of business.
  • There is a $30 fee for all returned checks.


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.


Classroom scholarships may be available. Teachers are encouraged to apply online when registering, and requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Priority is given to: schools that demonstrate great financial need, first time vistors, off-season requests (Nov. – Mar.), requests submitted with a compelling narrative, and schools where physical distance from the nature center creates a barrier.