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Field Trips by Grade

What will we explore?

Our environmental education field trips cover a wide range of topics - we offer over two dozen field trip lessons and counting in five subject areas! If you don't see a topic here that you are interested in learning about, please know that we are also able to customize your visit to meet your needs.


Five Senses Walk (SKP1)
Students will explore the garden and woods engaging their senses every step of the way. They will smell herbs, feel fuzzy or smooth leaves, listen to birds and other wildlife, taste garden produce if available, and use their sense of sight to take it all in.

Rocks and Soil (SKE2)
During our rocks and soil program students will examine many different types of rocks and group them based on their physical attributes. We will discuss how soil is formed and get down and dirty as we explore different soil types.

Living vs. Nonliving (SKL1, SKL2)
This program explores living and nonliving features of the garden.We will discover offspring of various plants and animals living in the garden and group them based on their observable characteristics, and discover the nonliving aspects of the garden, which are vital to the survival of the living ones!

First Grade

Characteristics and Basic Needs of Plants and Animals (S1L1)
We will hike to find the different plants and animals living at the garden and discuss the basic needs of both. We will examine how they move, grow and reproduce, and how they are uniquely adapted to living in their environment.

Scientific Drawing (S1CS5, S1L1)
Students will explore the garden or woods to find objects that they want to learn more about. They will then create a scientific drawing of their object, identifying and labeling its main parts as they observe them.

George Washington Carver (SS1H1)
The garden setting is the perfect place to explore the amazing accomplishments of George Washington Carver. We will take a close look at how he used sweet potatoes and peanuts to transform the practice of farming into what is still considered best practices used today.

Second Grade

Wylde Woods Exploration(S2E3)

We will look for evidence of organisms living in the garden and note any impact that they have had on their surroundings. We will walk in Wylde Woods, amongst the all native plantings and discuss non native species impact on natives.

Life Cycles (S2L1)
This program provides an up-close look at many of the plants and animals living in the garden and examination of these organisms in various stages in their life. We will learn the life cycle of plants by observing seeds and the plants they grow into, learn about the life cycle of chickens by meeting the Wylde Center chickens and observing their eggs, and/or find out how worms and composting help start the life cycle all over again.

Native American History in the Garden(SS2H1)
Students will learn about how the Native American used various plants and animals for food, medicine, and tools and discover their remarkable culture. They will also learn about some of their food cultivation practices that are still in use today, like companion planting methods used in a three sisters garden.

Third Grade

Rocks & Soils (S3E1)
In this hands-on program we will discuss the various types of rock and learn how they are formed. We will then focus on examining different types of soil. Students will conduct an experiment that demonstrates how particle size affects water movement through soil. They will then dig to find their own soil samples and look at the different parts that make up the soil and the organisms working within.

Habitat Exploration (S3L1)
Students will learn about the features that make up a suitable habitat while exploring the woods, stream and garden habitats at the Center and investigating the plants and animals unique to each. We will explore the stream running through the property and students will conduct an experiment to determine the health of the stream.

Ecosystems (S3L1)
Walk with us as we explore the interconnectedness of all the organisms living at the Center. We discuss the transfer of energy at each level and the roles of decomposers, producers and consumers, while discovering some fascinating ways that plants and animals have adapted to survive by mimicry, camouflage, and more.

Fourth Grade

Water Cycle (S4E3)
Students will use the stream and other natural resources to learn about the water cycle within one of our green spaces. Field trips at our Oakhurst Garden location will be able to get a tour of our rainwater irrigation system which has made that garden 100% watered by rainwater.

Food Web (S4L1, S4L2)
Students will walk through one of our green spaces to identify consumers, producers, and decomposers. We will learn about the interconnectedness of all living things, and discover what happens when equilibrity is thrown off by invasive species, and the merits of native species. Students will also identify factors that affect the survival and extinction of organisms.

Fifth Grade

Plant Classification (S5L1)
Students will explore the plant life on site to learn the part of the plant, plant cell functions, the difference between vascular and nonvascular plants, and the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees.

Vertebrate or Invertebrate? (S5L1)
Students will explore life at the green space and hunt for organisms on land and in the stream. They will learn about the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and find examples of both.

Stream Study (S5E1)
Students will study the stream at one of our green spaces to learn about erosion, weathering, and natural floodplains, and how these things affect stream health and the ability of the stream to support life.

Sixth Grade

Conservation in the Garden (S6E5, S6E3)
Learn what sustainability is and how it helps us keep the earth healthy. Experience some of the ways the Wylde Center promotes sustainability, and find out why conserving natural resources like water and soil directly impacts our personal health. Topics covered: erosion, soil health, soil composition, composting, water conservation.

Seventh Grade

Genetics (S7L3, S7L5)
This program will explore how organisms have changed over time through natural selection and how humans have breed certain traits over time. We will focus on the chickens and vegetables growing in the gardens. Using our chickens and plants as models we will discuss the role of genes and chromosomes in their production of desirable traits.

Food Web (S7L4)
During this program we will discuss how energy is transferred by examining various ecosystems on site. Students will learn about the different types of relationships among organisms living in the garden.

Eighth Grade

Decomposition in the Compost Pile (S8P1)
Learn about the chemistry and biology of decomposition as we make our way through the compost pile. Students will learn not only what’s in compost and how it breaks down, but also its value to plants and humans alike.]

High School

We do not have set programs for high school students, but are happy to put together programs based on the needs of your class. Please contact Dory Cooper to find out more.