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Make the most of your day with Nature Net’s field trip guide! Check out the links below for suggestions on how to create fun, affordable, learning experiences – for students, teachers, and families.


Nature Field Trip Funding Ideas 

  • Multiple Field Trips – schedule more than one trip on your day outdoors to maximize the value of your bus fees – and be eligible for Nature Express!
  • Buddy Up – partner up with another teacher or grade level and share the cost of the bus and or the field trip – and be eligible for Nature Express‘ Nature Mentor subsidy!
  • PTA & PTO – connect with your school’s PTA or PTO – they often have funds available to spend on meaningful projects, including a high-quality trip to any Nature Net site.
  • Local Civic Organizations – sometimes organizations in your community, like the Optimists’ Club or the Lions/Lioness Club, will provide support for educational projects.
  • Special Initiatives – check with your school to see if they have special funds available towards specific initiatives.  For example, if your school has funding for reading and language improvement, see if your field trip site offers language arts infusion.  And remember, you can learn about science, math, language arts, social studies and environmental education in the outdoors.
  • Parent/Neighbor Subsidization – ask parents and neighbors if they’re willing to pay a nominal amount beyond the field trip fee for their own child.  This can help subsidize the cost of another child.
  • Title One – ask the site you’re planning to visit if they are able to underwrite costs for Title One students.
  • The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin now offers a “Go Outside Fund” with grants of up to $1,000 to fund your nature field trip supplies, transportation or substitute teachers.
  • Check for other grant opportunities on the EEinWisconsin.org grants page.
  • Take the Bus – use your local public transportation – and ask if they offer special rates for classrooms.
  • Walk – it’s fun and great for the environment!

Designing Effective Field Trips    

  • Where to go? – a directory of nature centers in Wisconsin.
  • Tricks of the Trail – learn how to take your classroom out of the classroom and still have an enjoyable learning experience.
  • Nature Express – a program providing bus transportation reimbursement for qualified applicants. Take two sequentially related field trips or mentor a new teacher to become eligible for Nature Net’s bus fee reimbursement program!
  • MMSD Science Standards – take an exciting field trip to a Nature Net site to achieve MMSD Science goals!

Professional Development    

Involving Families