NATURE EXPERIENCE FIELD TRIP FAQ

We know that teachers/group leaders need answers to lots of questions before they decide to participate in a field trip with their students. We have compiled answers to a list of the most popular questions teachers/group leaders 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 Field Trip Program.

What outcomes does the Field Trip Program seek to achieve?

The Field Trip Program reinforces and deepens classroom learning, resulting in increased retention and comprehension of Colorado Academic Standards. Participants will come away from the field trip knowing more about their local natural habitats and how scientists conduct research, as well as gain an increased level of comfort spending time in nature.  The connection to nature that is built through the program helps participants to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship.

Who Teaches the Field Trip Program?

Field trips are facilitated by Thorne’s highly trained and experienced full-time team of educators with assistance from volunteer instructors.  Thorne trains all Volunteer Instructors in teaching methodology and naturalist skills and provides volunteers with mentorship to ensure the best possible experience for visiting students.

What does the Field Trip Program cost?

Nature Experience Field Trips cost $10 per student with a minimum charge of $250.

Do you offer scholarships?

Scholarships are available for Title 1 (low-income) and culturally diverse schools.

How do I register my class for a Field Trip?

The majority of registrations for Thorne’s Nature Experience Field Trips occur in the late summer and early fall. Be sure to register as early as possible as space is limited. CLICK HERE for the Nature Experience Field Trip Registration packet.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Thorne has adequate indoor learning space for large groups 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.

Is the program appropriate for ESL learners?

Thorne cannot guarantee bi-lingual instructors or instructors with ESL experience for its field trips.

Where is the Field Trip held?

Nature Experience Field Trips take place at Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center in Boulder or Bob Taylor Recreation Area in Littleton.

What days of the week is the Field Trip offered?

Nature Experience Field Trips can be offered from Tuesday through Friday.

How long is the Field Trip?

A typical field trip is 4 hours long, including lunch, and most often begins at 9:30AM.  Other start times and field trips of shorter duration are possible.

How many students can you accommodate?

We can accommodate up to 60 students per field trip.

What do teachers/group leaders do during the field trip?

Teachers/group leaders are encouraged to join students in their explorations and assist Thorne Instructors during 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. 

How many chaperones do we need?

A minimum of 1 teacher/group leader or chaperone for every 15 participants is preferred.

What do participants need to bring to the field trip?

We recommend that participants wear clothing appropriate for seasonal weather conditions, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes, and that they bring a snack, lunch, and a water bottle.  Almost all of the field trip is outside, so it is important that participants are prepared for unanticipated changes in weather. 

Is there anything I should do to prepare for the Field Trip?

Prior to the field trip, teachers/group leaders will receive a fact sheet to help prepare for a fun, safe, and learning filled field trip.