Field Trips

Our Field Trip programs offer hands-on, guided educational experiences for students of all ages!

Visit SAGE Garden, Avery Park, Dunawi Creek Wetlands, or Peavy Arboretum! Our highly trained and experienced educators will utilize the great outdoors around/of Corvallis as a living laboratory to link classroom learning to the real world.

Please complete the Field Trip Request Form to tell us more about what you would like for your next educational adventure!

Don’t see what you are looking for? Let us know! All of our programs can be tailored and modified to fit your educational goals and classroom focus.

Slither and Slime – Get up close and personal with your favorite reptiles and amphibians! From their life cycles to their habitats, learn about the critters in our own backyard!

From Seed to Plant – How does a seed grow into a plant? How do plants make seeds? Learn about the life cycle of plants by dissecting flowers, sorting seeds and investigating different types of plants in their native habitats.

From Seed to Plant (SAGE) – Where do plants come from? How do they move or attract pollinators? Smell the flowers, taste garden produce, and experience pollination!

Pollinators –What is a pollinator and why are they important? Investigate and explore the many native pollinators of Oregon. Let’s play a pollinator life cycle game or pollinate flowers using a proboscis!

Insects in the Garden (SAGE) – What role do insects play in our environment? Learn about pollinators, invertebrates, and other garden insects! Taste test honey, search for crawling critters in the compost, and peek at a beehive!

Food Webs and Ecosystems – Who eats who exploration in this hands-on investigation exploring various food webs and ecosystems.

Pond Habitat – Students use nets and containers to see what they can find and identify in the stream or pond. Large, simple charts are used to help kids identify species. Magnifying glasses and containers help students see life up close.

Aquatic Insects – Using the species we find in local ponds and wetlands, students act out a food chain learning about what animals eat; from plant eaters to prey and predators. (Option to connect with knowledge and study of Rachel Carson’s bioaccumulation on toxins in the ecosystem).

Bird Connections
– Can we be quiet enough and listen to bird language? Go on a hike and look for birds using binoculars to learn how birds play an important role in every habitat.

Native vs. Invasive Species in Forest Ecology – Play a game to learn about forest succession and understand how invasives move and spread in forest ecosystems. Teams will race to put forest succession cards in order from clear cut to old growth. What role do invasive plants play in forest succession?

Wetland Wonders – This activity gets students to look at animals and plants living at a local pond or wetland and how organisms are connected and depend on each other. Students connect the components of the ecosystem and discover how every living thing has an important role.

Local Mammals – Learn how animal tracks can tell stories. How is a canid (dog) track different from a felid (cat)? Play tracking games and explore our own inner tracking instincts.

Arthropods – Touch, collect and explore the four types of arthropods.  Count the legs, draw a picture, collect and sort amazing arthropods. Can include a presentation of our life, captive arthropods!

Pricing Structure:

  • For groups of 16 or more
    • One hour: $25 base fee, $4/student
    • Two hours: $35 base fee, $7/student
  • Groups of 15 or under
    • $40/hr
  • Discount of $1 off per student for Title I Schools
  • Additional fees for custom programs may apply

For questions, please contact:

McKenzie Tritt, Farm to School Programs Coordinator, mckenzie@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org

OR

Serene Mellenthin, Nature Programs Coordinator,serene@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org