The Field Trip Programs enhance classroom science learning and foster a sense of place through a day-long experience in a local natural area where students discover the interconnections between animals, plants, land, water, and humans.
2nd GRADE FIELD TRIPS
Thorne delivers its 2nd Grade Field Trip Program to Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School District schools. BVSD field trips take place at Sombrero Marsh and are carried out in partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and SVVSD field trips take place at Sandstone Ranch and are carried out in partnership with City of Longmont Parks, Trails, and Open Space. These Field Trips are FREE to the school, including transportation to and from the field trip site. Thorne’s 2nd-grade field trips are correlated to Colorado State Academic Standards for Science and Social Studies.
During the field trip, the class is broken into smaller groups of 10 to 15 students which rotate amongst various sites to discover through scientific investigations and hands-on explorations what makes good habitat for plants, animals, and humans. Students use their observation skills and field guides to learn about native Colorado flora and fauna and compare and contrast the adaptations of organisms living in wetland and grassland habitats. By observing the diversity of life, collecting data on abiotic conditions, and examining human impacts on the landscape, students are able to make a hypothesis about the health of the habitat at each site they visit.
BVSD teachers can CLICK HERE to complete the 2nd Grade Field Trip Registration Form.
SVVSD teachers should contact Michael O’Toole at email@example.com or 303.682.7232 to register their class for a field trip.
NATURE KIDS/JÓVENES DE LA NATURALEZA (NKJN) LAFAYETTE FIELD TRIPS
For schools served by the NKJN program, Thorne provides field trips for Kindergarten and First Grade students. These field trips are immersive nature experiences that are based either on school grounds, in nearby natural areas, or at Coal Creek Corridor Open Space.
For more information about these field trips, please contact Thorne’s School Programs team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATURE EXPERIENCE FIELD TRIPS
For inquiries about field trips outside of the second-grade field trip above, please contact Thorne’s School Programs team at email@example.com.
LONGMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
“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!”