Field Trips at Riveredge
This school year, we invite you to take your students beyond their textbooks, into the hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor experience. Riveredge invites exploration and investigation. Our age-specific programs reach students from preschool through high school and help promote real-world examples and interest in your classroom curriculum.
Choices for Every Student, Every School
Virtual Field Trips
How much do programs cost?
An important question! We believe environmental education should be affordable and accessible to all, as do our generous sponsors and donors, who help us underwrite a significant portion of the costs of these programs. Fees are $5 per student for a 1.5 hour program, $7 per student for an 2-3 hour (half day) program, $10 per student for 5-hour programs and $12 per student for two different half-day programs ($50 minimum). One chaperone for each group of 10-12 students is required. A max of 10 chaperones may attend at no additional cost. The program fee will be applied for additional chaperones. Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.
How does scheduling work?
We try to do our very best to work with you to find a date that works on both ends. Scheduling is handled on a first-come, first-served basis subject to program availability. Applications must be submitted by the end of April to receive a program confirmation by the end of May for fall programs. Confirmations for Winter programs will be mailed in November, Maple Sugarin’ programs in January, and Spring programs at the end of January. Riveredge staff will schedule your program around the conflicting dates you provide and when conditions at Riveredge are best suited for the program requested. scheduled class date.
What if I need to cancel?
We hate to see you go, but understand situations come up. If a school cancels a program, or the class size is reduced by 20 or more students less than 6 weeks before the date of the trip, the school will be charged a $50 fee per program. If weather causes a program to be canceled, Riveredge will attempt to find an alternate date or will refund the entire program. Please let us know as soon as you can. (262) 375-2715
Do you have accommodations for students with special needs?
Yes! We want everyone to enjoy Riveredge. We have an all-terrain wheelchair available for use with a parent’s permission slip, a sensory-friendly tub (headphones, fidgets, etc.) and can provide alternative activities for students within the visitor’s center geared towards their ability. Please let us know when you fill out your application or call 262-416-1503 to arrange for accommodations.
How can I prepare for a program? Are there Teacher Guides?
Already applied for a program and were accepted? We’re so happy to have you! To prepare for your program, we’ll email you our handy-dandy “What to Know Before You Go” checklist, which includes suggestions as well as our discipline and chaperone information. You’ll also find a link to our Teacher Guides with excellent pre and post activities that you can take back to class. All of this reading is highly recommended to help ensure your Riveredge day goes off without a hitch!
Who can I contact with questions?
Still have questions? We’d love to answer them! Contact Kacey Tait, Inquiry-Based Learning Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-416-1503 or call our general office at 262-375-2715
SMALL GROUP SIZES
We keep student/teacher ratios small so that opportunities for learning and participation can be HUGE.
ALIGNED WITH STANDARDS
Our programs align with both WSS and NGSS so your trip can be an extension of what your students are already learning.
“Thank you so much for the fun and informative field trip! The kids loved it and were very engaged! Thanks, also, for including my two students in wheelchairs – they had a ball!”-3rd Grade Teacher, Rockfield Elementary
DIVERSE 400+ ACRES
With ponds, prairies, rivers, wetlands, and everything in between, we can help bring any subject to life.
Because all students should have access to the health, happiness, and academic benefits of learning outside.
“Thank you for a season of meaningful experiences. Your programs help students see themselves as a part of the natural world. They become more invested, as stewards of planet earth, because they care. The students gain knowledge and skills from naturalists who have a wealth of experience that is shared in fun and engaging ways that help students learn.”– 6th Grade Teacher, St Mary Parish School
$5-10 PER STUDENT
We know budgets are tight. That’s why we work to subsidize programs so they are both effective and affordable.
50+ YEARS EXPERIENCE
Celebrating 50 years in 2018, we bring five decades of environmental education leadership to all our programs.