Looking for an outdoor adventure and environmental education focused field trip? Our field trips are perfect for first-time outdoor experiences or well-seasoned participants.
Field Trips are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in June - August.
Join us for a bike ride through William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park. The Lower Yahara River Trail takes us through restored prairies, oak woodlands, past marshes, and over Lake Waubesa. This trail features the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America! Don’t worry we have plenty of fun games along the way to keep the group engaged. Enjoy a break along Lake Waubesa followed by a trip up to the top of our tower overlook. This gentle bike ride with minimal hills is fun for all ages and ability levels. Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade (training wheels available). Bikes and helmets are provided. Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
Is your group interested in learning how to fish? This is the program for you. Learn how to cast, bait, and catch fish along the shore or on one of our fishing piers. Staff will assist participants with removing fish and releasing them back into the water. Break up the day with a fun fish-focused game and learn to identify common Wisconsin fish. Fishing equipment is provided. Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. This activity is also open to persons with permanent disabilities (learn more about the Jenni & Kyle Preserve). Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
Have you ever wondered what is in a healthy lake or pond? Join us as we dive into pond and lake ecology! This program starts with a story and a game about healthy aquatic ecosystems. Then, we will head out to the nearby lake and pond to discover frogs, dragonflies, snails, water bugs, turtles and more as we collect water samples and critter specimens. We then become scientists evaluating and identifying our specimens to determine the health of the lake, pond, or puddle. Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
Come explore the prairie with us! Did you know less than 1% of prairie still exists of the 2.1 million acres that used to stretch across southern Wisconsin? Discover why prairie plants are important for our ecosystem and are home to pollinators, including bees, butterflies and birds. Grades 5+ will take part in an owl pellet dissection, Grades K-4 will get to create a fun craft. Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
Learn how wild animals have adapted to survive. Through fun, active games young people will learn about what makes wildlife fit into their unique place in the food chain. How do we know animals are here, in Dane County? They leave signs all around us. Discover what animals live not only in our parks and natural areas but right in our own yards, apartment complexes, and up in the trees above us. This land-based program features games, science data collection, a craft, and plenty of fun. Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
Whether your group is trying snowshoeing for the first time or coming out to practice your skills this fun, snow-stomping adventure is a great way to play in the winter. Join us for a fun tromp through our prairie and woodland trails as our trek leads us down to see a frozen Lake Waubesa. Afterwards, we'll warm up with a cup of cocoa, Available December – March, snow dependent. Age: 1st- 8th. Cost: $5/person, $50 minimum.
If your organization is a neighborhood/ community center that provides free programming to the public and you are interested long-term outdoor education engagement connect with us through our Get Outside! Program.
Until further notice, our staff will wear masks when working with youth at all times (in and out of doors). Parents and guardians can decide whether or not they want their child to be masked.