Wild Field Trips
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 groups of 15 or more 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 GuidesCurriculum 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!
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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.
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.
Jungle in a BoxAny 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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Need to Know Before You Go
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.