Looking to plan a field trip for a class, or just looking to do something fun with your child after school? This list contains lots of fun, educational adventures for school-aged kids this fall.
Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd.
734-997-1553 | lesliesnc.org/fieldtrips
The Leslie Science and Nature Center is a great field trip location for teachers and parents who want to get their students outside to learn about nature, with different themed field trips for preschool and elementary classes including sensing nature, exploring black pond, habitat hunt, ecosystem explorers and more. Students participate in hands-on activities and go on a hike through one of the trails at the center. Some programs will also allow students to visit the raptor enclosures and the Critter House. Each field trip lasts about two hours and will take place rain or shine. For more information about site availability and program options contact the Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Bricks 4 Kidz
3631 Meadow Grove Trl.
734-748-6039 | bricks4kidz.com
Bricks 4 Kidz offers hour-long in-school field trips with a variety of themes to choose from. The programs incorporate LEGO® bricks to allow students a stimulating, yet fun, educational experience. Teachers can work with Bricks 4 Kidz to ensure that the program incorporates the curriculum students are learning in the classroom. Some of the themes include Architecture and Engineering, DNA, Natural Resources and Energy and Forces of Nature. Students learn about STEM concepts in an exciting way to get them thinking about their future while learning applicable skills. The prices vary from $120-$300 depending on the number of kids.
Jiffy Mix Factory
201 W North St., Chelsea
734-372-0223 | site.jiffymix.com
This deliciously fun field trip offers free hour-long tours of the Jiffy Mix plant. Jiffy offers mixes such as corn muffins, cake, brownies and pancakes. The plant tour, led by Tour Hosts, includes an educational video and, of course, samples! Kids learn all about how the plant got started and how different mixes are made and packaged. Field trips are for first grade and up with a maximum group size of 80 students and reservations are required. Each guest will receive a free gift bag. Tours can be scheduled from 9am to 2pm Monday-Friday. For an idea of what the tour will consist of, you can take a virtual tour on their website.
Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea
734-475-3170 | michigan.gov/dnr
Looking for your students to get some hands-on experience with geology? Located at the Waterloo Recreation Area, the Eddy Discovery Center offers interpretive programs for students, including Quaking Bog and Hungry Plants, Forest Ecology: Top to Bottom, Michigan Mammals, Rock Cycle Walkway, Wetland Walk and Ice Age Michigan. For teachers looking for a fun, educational way to teach students about rock formations, the Rock Walkway interpretive program is the perfect way to do it. Or, if you’re looking to teach students about plant life, the Forest Ecology program offers a guided walk where students learn about different plant species and their importance. Most of the programs are geared towards a wide age span and take anywhere from 1-2 hours.
The Creature Conservancy
4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
734-929-9324 | thecreatureconservancy.org
The Creature Conservancy offers great educational experiences that students are sure to never forget! Field trips are for kids K-12 and can accommodate up to 60 people. Animal presentations include a classroom presentation about up to five different animals. Students can go on a guided tour to learn about the animals on display. There will be opportunities to see up to 25 different animal species including sloths, birds, snakes, armadillos and porcupines. Many animals are rescues that were injured and are unable to survive in the wild or were sent there from other institutions. Presentations of the animals can be tailored according to age and grade level of the students. Field trips cost $7/person ($350 minimum).
Howell Nature Center
1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell
517-546-0249 | howellnaturecenter.org
Howell Nature Center offers both day and overnight school trips and a variety of educational experiences such as outdoor and environmental education, wildlife education, adventure education and more. Nature Center staff work with teachers to find the perfect educational experience for students. Their outdoor and environmental education experience offers over 60 program options including indoor and outdoor programs along with in-classroom programming. The Adventure Education experience includes a low ropes obstacle course, zip line rides, a climbing tour and other fun activities. Most programs can be altered to suit all ages.
Real Life Farm
48700 Geddes Rd., Canton
734-495-0833 | reallifefarm.com
Ever wonder what it’s like to live on a farm? Real Life Farm can show you! They offer field trips in the months of October, April, May and June. A field trip here includes fun activities such as a 30 minute hayride, horseback rides in a corral and an animal show in the barn that includes bottle feeding, milking cows or goats, petting baby animals and making butter. Learn all about farm animals and experience what farm life is like. Lunch can be eaten on picnic tables or in the farm’s -story heated barn. Field trips are offered from 10am-2pm Monday-Friday, rain or shine!