Field Trip Programs and Standards

Animal Families

  • Teaches children about insects, arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds.
    • Insects have 6 legs and three body parts, arachnids have 8 legs and 2 body parts, reptiles have scales, amphibians live part of their lives in water and part on land, mammals have fur/hair and birds have feathers and lay eggs.
    • Standards
      • LS.2 Describe and compare the physical features of common living plants and animals.
      • LS.3 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
      • LS.3 Classify living organisms according to variations in specific physical features (i.e. body coverings, appendages) and describe how those features may provide an advantage for survival in different environments.

Science of the Seasons

Life Cycles

  • Teaches children about life cycles of different animals and insects.
    • Standards
      • LS.1 Describe and compare the growth and development of common living plants and animals.
      • LS.1 Develop representations to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
      • LS.2 Compare and contrast details of body plans and structures within the life cycles of plants and animals
      • LS.2 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the basic needs of plants to grow, develop, and reproduce.
      • LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction

Animal Migration

  • Children learn how animals prepare themselves for winter.
    • LS.3 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
    • LS.1 Determine patterns and behavior (adaptations) of parents and offspring which help offspring to survive.
    • LS.4 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

Weather Investigations

  • Children do experiments to discover how weather changes.
    • ESS.3 Investigate the local weather conditions to describe patterns over time
    • ESS.1 Record detailed weather observations, including cloud cover, cloud type, and type of precipitation on a daily basis over a period of weeks and correlate observations to the time of year. Chart and graph collected data.
    • ESS.2 Investigate the severe weather of the region and its impact on the community, looking at forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather
    • ESS.4 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.

Solar Science

  • ESS.1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface and use tools and materials to design and build a structure to reduce the warming effect on Earth’s surface.


Learn Not to Burn

  • Children learn how to escape a structure fire, participate in a fire simulation and learn how to get help through 911 simulators. Children learn about firefighters and see the equipment they wear and use.
    • Standards
      • 2.1 Give examples of people who are community helpers and leaders and describe how they help us. Example: Parents, teachers, school principal, bus drivers and policemen


  • Children learn about the “My Plate” way to eat. They learn about where food goes as it travels through the body.
    • Standards
      • 1.2 Identify that physical health is one dimension of health and wellness. Example: Identify that a healthy person exercises, eats well, and goes to the doctor
      • 1.1 Tell how healthy behaviors impact personal health and wellness.
      • 7.1 Describe healthy practices to maintain personal health and wellness
      • 1.1 Identify that healthy behaviors affect personal health.
      • 7.1 Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
      • 1.1 Identify the link between healthy choices and being healthy

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