Wild Field Trips - Animal Park at Conservators Center
Educational Programs

Wild Field Trips

Transform Your Curriculum With an Integrated Wild Field Trip

Our trained tour guides will take your students on a one-hour guided tour, introducing them to over 20 species and connecting their characteristics and adaptations to your grade level-specific science concepts. Suitable for any grade level, tours are designed to meet North Carolina Standard Course of Study science goals and objectives. We’d love to work with you to design an experience to complement your classroom content! We welcomed students in art classes, career and technical education classes, special needs classes and more! Wild Field Trips can be scheduled for any day of the week, but we are most able to accommodate large groups of 50-100 students on Thursdays and Fridays. Please plan to schedule at least 3-4 weeks in advance to ensure availability. Wild Field Trips are designed for public, private, and homeschool classes only, pre-k through 12th grade. For all other types of groups, please see our Group Tours.

Grade Level Objectives

  • Spots, Stripes, and Animal Types (kindergarten): From big to small, cats to dogs, and spotted to striped, observe and compare the differing physical characteristics of our animals.
  • My Habitat and Me (1st grade): Learn about the individual needs of our animals and how they are met through the specific characteristics of their environments.
  • Growing Up Wild (2nd grade): Meet animals from young to old, discovering how they grow and change throughout their lives.
  • Survival Secrets (4th grade): Recognize the specialized adaptations of a variety of species that allow them to survive and thrive in their wild worlds.
  • Eco-Connections (5th grade): From apex predators to keystone species, explore how our animals interact with the other plants and animals found in their ecosystems.
  • Genetics of Survival (7th grade): Examine the inherited traits and adaptations of species that provide advantages and disadvantages to survival in the wild.
  • Creature Connections (8th grade): By considering the interconnected nature of ecosystems, discover the relationships among varying environmental factors and animal species.
  • Wildlife Investigation (high school): Explore biological concepts of species classification, characteristics of diverse ecosystems, and animal adaptations.
  • Custom Content: Let us know what topics you would like covered and we will design a tour customized to your classroom content and goals.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides provide elementary teachers with multiple ways to extend the learning before and after your field trip. All resources are aligned with grade-level science content and include suggested books, vocabulary, and lesson plans. Be sure to request access to these valuable classroom tools when you book your field trip!

FAQ

Simply complete the form below with preferred dates and times and the number of students and teachers who will be attending. In order to ensure we can accommodate your group on your preferred date, we recommend scheduling at least 3 weeks in advance.
The rate for field trip participants (ages 3+) is $8 plus tax. Two chaperones per every 25 students will be admitted for free. For the definite cost for your group, please be sure to request an invoice once you have scheduled your tour.

Note: These rates are for private, public, and homeschool students only, pre-k through 12th grade. For all other types of groups, please see Group Tours.
Your scheduled tour will last approximately one hour. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance of your tour start time to allow for check-in activities and restroom breaks. You may also choose to allow time for visiting our gift shop before or after your tour.
If your group is planning to eat lunch on site, there is a picnic shelter beside our visitors center. The shelter will seat approximately 60, and additional uncovered picnic tables can accommodate 40, plus we have additional uncovered benches. The lunch area can be rented for $25/hr (plus tax) if you would like to guarantee availability for your group. If you would prefer not to rent the space, it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In our gift shop we offer a limited selection of snack foods such as chips, candy, and bottled drinks.
All tour participants are required to complete a release form. Minors are required to have their form signed by their legal guardian, or they will not be permitted to join the tour. Please make sure both sides of the form are completed.

As the entire tour is outside, please ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Students may also wish to bring water bottles, especially in hot weather.
All students and chaperones are expected to abide by the rules outlined on the release form. Field trips are conducted as guided tours, and all students and adults must remain with their tour guide at all times and obey his/her directives. If any participants exhibit behaviors that may endanger themselves, others, or our animals, including yelling, running, throwing rocks, or crossing the tour barrier, the individual or group will be removed from the remainder of the tour. No toys are permitted inside the park.
We require 72 hours notice of any changes or cancellations of tour time. Email fieldtrips@animalparknc.org If you do not provide 72-hour notice of cancellation or if you do not show up for your scheduled tour, your deposit is forfeited.
Please email fieldtrips@animalparknc.orgto discuss potential topics and pricing for educational presentations at your location. Please note that offsite programs do not include live animals.
Jungle-in-a-Box

Jungle in a Box

Any public school teacher can check out this awesome classroom resource from the Alamance County Public Library. The Animal Park’s Jungle in a Box is full of materials for teachers, including sample lesson plans, hands-on items, and biofacts to introduce or reinforce your Wild Field Trip experience.
 

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Important Information

Need to Know Before You Go

Details For Your Visit to the Animal Park at the Conservators Center

Accessibility, Safety, and Pets


The Animal Park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.

If you are planning to visit the Animal Park, please take a moment to review and complete our online tour waiver. If you would like, you can also download and print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to your arrival. Waivers will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.


For safety reasons, the Animal Park does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Park will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.

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