BVSD FIELD TRIP OVERVEIW

During the Spring and Fall, Thorne’s Field Trip Program enables youth to visit Sombrero Marsh and participate in hands-on, outdoor exploration that connects kids to nature in engaging and memorable ways.

Thorne offers a 2nd grade field trip program that enhances classroom learning for Boulder Valley School District students at Sombrero Marsh in Boulder and for St. Vrain Valley School District students at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont. In addition, Thorne also offers customizable field trips for schools and youth organizations at both the Boulder and Littleton locations.

The 2nd grade field trips to Sombrero Marsh are a unique partnership between Thorne Nature Experience, Boulder Valley School District, and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. Through this partnership, 2nd grade BVSD classrooms are offered one FREE field trip per school year, including busing, to visit Sombrero Marsh. The field trip curriculum is correlated to School District Standards in Science and is approved by BVSD.

Thorne typically offers field trips to BVSD 2nd graders on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from mid-September to late-October and mid-March to mid-May. A typical field trip is 4 hours long, including lunch, and can begin at either 9:00 or 9:30. Dates fill quickly, so please contact Thorne as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on a day that works for your school.

CLICK HERE to Request a BVSD 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sombrero Marsh for 2016-2017!

For more information about Thorne Field Trips, please contact Gwen Tenney, Program Manager – Field Trip & Volunteers, Gwen@nullThorneNature.org, 303.499.3647 ext. 103.

“My students learned to slow down and see nature more closely than ever before. It was science combined with a true cultivation of the naturalist intelligence. The field trip was smooth and well planned. It gets better every year!”

– BVSD Teacher

What will students do during the field trip?

Participants will split into up to four groups of 10 to 15 students (usually one half of their classroom), and each group will rotate between four hands-on learning stations on the following topics: Birds, Water Insects, Land Insects, or Mapping. The learning stations occur primarily outdoors, and have short segments inside. Students will take short hikes on a crusher-fine trail and boardwalk. There will be a 30 minute lunch break between the second and third stations, and students need to bring their own healthy lunch. Zero waste is encouraged!

Where is Sombrero Marsh, and what will we do when we arrive?

Sombrero Marsh is a City of Boulder Open Space Area located behind BVSD district offices in East Boulder near the intersection of 63rd and Arapahoe Streets.

CLICK HERE for Directions to Sombrero Marsh.

Upon arrival at the Marsh, Thorne Instructors will be waiting outside and will lead students to an outdoor amphitheater, where they will receive a safety talk and agenda for their day of fun, hands-on learning.

We know that teachers need answers to lots of questions before they decide to take their class on a field trip. We have compiled answers to a list of the most popular questions teachers ask Thorne each year and encourage you to e-mail gwen@nullthornenature.org or call 303.499.3647×103 if you would like to speak directly to a staff member about any questions you have regarding Thorne’s fun and educational BVSD 2nd Grade Field Trip Program.When are Field Trips offered?

Thorne typically offers field trips to BVSD 2nd graders on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from mid-September to late-October and mid-March to mid-May. A typical field trip is 4 hours long, including lunch, and can begin at either 9:00 or 9:30. Dates fill quickly, so please contact Thorne as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on a day that works for your school.

What do my students need to bring for the Field Trip?

Each student needs to bring the following:
1. Back pack
2. Snack (for the bus)
3. Water bottle
4. Rain Gear
5. Sunscreen
6. Sunglasses
7. Hat or visor
8. Comfortable shoes for hiking
9. Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
10. Lunch *

*Thorne’s goal is to become a Zero Waste Facility. To that end, please ask students and parents to plan low-waste lunches with little to no disposable materials, by using reusable Tupperware and reusable lunch bags, metal utensils, and no disposable packaging. While at the Marsh, students will use our Zero Waste Station to dispose of trash, recyclables, and compostables. Thanks for helping Thorne protect the environment and teach your students about minimizing waste.

How many students can you accommodate on a field trip?

We can only accommodate 60 students per day at Sombrero Marsh. Generally speaking, if your school has more than two 2nd grade classrooms, you will need to reserve two days to ensure that each of your students is able to participate in a field trip.

What do classroom teachers do during the field trip?

Classroom teachers are responsible for recruiting chaperone helpers, assisting Thorne Instructors (Interns or Staff) during the field trip by attending to students with special needs, helping to ensure smooth transitions between the learning stations and lunch, and providing first aid in case of emergency. Classroom teachers are sometimes asked to teach a station if: your field trip is scheduled during the first week of either the spring or fall season (in this case, you will act as a mentor to new Thorne interns); or 2., an emergency arises and one of our interns or teachers is absent and we are unable to find a substitute for the field trip.

I know the field trip is free, but can you help with expenses for busing?

BVSD provides each 2nd grade classroom with free bus transportation to and from your Thorne Field Trip. Once you have scheduled your field trip, Thorne staff will provide you with a confirmation e-mail that includes a phone number to call and instructions for reserving a free bus for the field trip.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Thorne has adequate indoor learning space for large groups of students during adverse weather conditions. In the event of heavy rain, lightning, or snow, some or all of the outdoor activities will be replaced with indoor activities that convey the same educational material. If your district/school is on a one-hour weather delay or greater, then it is likely that your field trip will need to be rescheduled.

Upon arrival at the Marsh, Thorne Instructors will be waiting outside and will lead students to an outdoor amphitheater, where they will receive a safety talk and agenda for their day of fun, hands-on learning.

When are Field Trips offered?

Thorne typically offers field trips to BVSD 4th graders on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from mid-September to late-October and mid-March to mid-May. Each field trip is 4 hours and 15 minutes long, including lunch, and can begin at either 9:00 or 9:30. Dates fill quickly, so please contact Thorne as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on a day that works for your school.