Field Station FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Teachers and group leaders apply by filling out and submitting the application as early as possible. When we receive your application we will schedule you for a specific date and then email or mail you a confirmation letter with more information about the program, location, times, and directions. If any of your plans or needs change before the confirmation letter is received, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
There are no deadlines, but applications should be submitted AT LEAST 1 month before your preferred dates so that we may schedule you and our teachers properly. You may schedule up to 9 months in advance.
Our programs are very flexible and are designed to be appealing to all types of groups. If you are unsure about which programs will be best for your class, give us a call and we can discuss your options. All lessons will develop scientific skills and some will have math, geography, reading, writing, and art components.
The maximum number of students that can be accommodated for a field trip is 60, but ability to schedule groups of this size is limited. Smaller groups (10-30 students) will have greater flexibility for choosing preferred dates for their field trips. Larger groups (more than 30 students) are more likely to be easily accommodated in May – July. If you have a large group, please contact Tess Mulrey, STEM Outreach Coordinator, to discuss scheduling options.
Our Field Station staff has many different backgrounds. Most are students who are majoring in Biology and/or Education from Thomas More University. Others are past or current educators, some of them are scientists, students, professionals, or environmentalists, and all of them love our programs and working with students.
We are always designing and preparing new programs and are more than willing to work around your needs and desires. Given enough time, we can design custom programs for all sorts of groups and situations. Give us a call and let us know what you are interested in. We’ll probably be able to supply you with just the right program.
Field trips are $7/student, with a minimum fee of $100*, for a land-based visit last up to 4 hours. Boat trips are an additional $25 per boat ride (5 students/boat), and are subject to availability of staff and suitable weather/river conditions. Teachers and chaperones are free of charge.
*Reduced fees available for schools in which >50% of students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch Program. Contact Tess Mulrey, STEM Outreach Coordinator, for more information.
Masks must be worn by all visitors and Field Station staff during field trip programs when indoors. Our classrooms are set up to maintain social distancing, and some lessons can be taught in our outdoor classroom, weather permitting. Other precautions include: enhanced cleaning/sanitizing of classrooms; hand-sanitizer stations added; staff conduct daily health checks before coming to the Field Station.