Learning Stations Field Trip

K – 2nd Grade

Young boy at the Wildflower CenterOur Learning Stations provide your students with fun, enriching experiences learning about plants, wildlife and ecology while exploring the gardens. Stations are tailored to educational level and provide students with an opportunity to learn and explore our natural world.

Station visits are approximately one hour long. Lessons are TEKS aligned.

 

DETAILS

Available: By reservation only; reservations must be made in advance.
Duration: One-hour program
Group size: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, household groups must not exceed the current Wildflower Center group maximum.
Cost: $5 program fee, plus an additional $5 per student and $11 per adult.*

*Member benefits/free admission does not apply for group rates.

Stations Offered

Rocks ‘n’ Water (Geology)

Students will use rocks and water to explore, observe, describe and compare rocks by size, shape, texture and color. Students will also compare the properties of solids and liquids by conducting a descriptive investigation to learn how water changes the appearance of rocks and how it moves through rocks.

 

Plant Parts (Plant Structures & Function)

Students explore the function of plants and their parts structures and learn about roots, stems, leaves and flowers. Students will observe and compare the physical characteristics of different types of leaves, stems and flowers (i.e., long and narrow, tube-shaped or round, etc.) and identify what they have in common and what makes them different.

Who’s Been Here? (Plant-Insect Interactions)

Students will learn that insects come in different sizes and shapes and have different stages. They will explore a natural area to discover the how insects use plants for food and shelter and will look for insect evidence left on plants. Students will describe and classify the evidence they find. Hand lenses will be used to observe the plants as they look for evidence.

Additional Information & Policies

Drop Off & Parking

The bus passenger drop-off area is in front of the Admissions Kiosk. Buses may unload and load passengers in this zone. Buses should proceed to the bus parking area near the parking lot exit or to La Crosse Avenue for parking.

Running early or later? Please let us know by calling 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone).

Check-in

Please check in at the Admissions Kiosk. All remaining fees are payable at the kiosk via cash, check or credit card. Only one payment is accepted per group. Any additional payments are charged full-price admission.

Garden Etiquette 

Please review the Garden Etiquette rules before you arrive and communicate those to your leaders and students.

Chaperones

Teachers and chaperones are required for all visits. The recommended chaperone to student ratio is:

  • One chaperone per five pre-K to elementary school students
  • One chaperone per 12 middle to high school students

Additional chaperones may join the group at the general admission fee. All school and youth group reservations must be paid in one payment to qualify for the group rate. Payments are final and non-refundable. Coupons and member benefits (free admission) do not apply to group visits.

Food & Picnics

There are two designated areas with one in the parking area and one in the gardens. Tables, inside and outside, for the Wildflower Café are for restaurant customers only. Picnic areas are first come, first served. All trash generated from school lunches and picnics must be packed up and removed by the group. The Wildflower Center would like to encourage all school groups to generate as little trash as possible during their visit.

Cancellation and No-show Policy

Cancellations should be made no less than ten business days before the reserved date to avoid the $30 cancellation fee. Groups that do not show up for the reserved date will be assessed a $30 no-show fee. Fee must be paid within 30 days of cancellation or no-show date.

Rescheduling

If you must reschedule or make changes, please contact us as soon as possible and preferably no later than 10 business days before your scheduled visit. Trips canceled due to weather can be rescheduled depending upon available dates.

Rain Policy

Field trips may be canceled due to weather by either the Wildflower Center or school staff. Generally field trips are held as scheduled as long as the weather is free of thunder, lightning, and heavy rains.  f it should be raining on the day of your scheduled visit, here are our guidelines: As long as it is only drizzling and there is no thunder and lightning, come on out. Bring rain ponchos and have a great time. Schools should check the radar and use their own discretion whether they want to go ahead and visit.

Please call 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone) and let us know if you decide to not visit due to rain.

Weapons Policy

Please review the Weapons Policy here.

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact education coordinator Julie Graham at [email protected] or 512.232.0249.

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Teacher Resources

Our “Exploring the Native Plant World” curriculum provides instructors with materials to use at the Wildflower Center, in the classroom and anywhere.

Download »

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Bus Scholarships

Scholarships for bus transportation to the Wildflower Center are available for the 2018-2019 school year. Priorities for the busing scholarships are given to Title I schools and schools that utilize the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus.

Apply for the Scholarship »

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Teacher Resources

Use our “Exploring the Native Plant World” curriculum on-site or anywhere

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Youth Programs

Classes and programs designed especially for children

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Discovery Packs

Looking for a backpack full of fun? Check one out from our Admissions Kiosk