ATTN!!! Due to staffing limitations, scheduling for Fall 2017 fieldtrips will not begin until mid-September. Please submit the fieldtrip request form(link below) and we will be in touch to schedule. We appreciate your understanding!
Book your Field Trip Form
- Pre-k, Kindergarten or First grade Habitat Walk Field Trip (1 â€“ 1.5 hours) Science K.L.1, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.2.1, 1.L.2.2 Students will visit different areas of the garden and look for different aspects of habitats for plants and animals. During this nature walk, our educators will interpret the plants and animals we see, such as comparing different types of birds, investigating how plants are adapted to their environment, and seeing how plants and animals interact. Field trips scheduled between mid-May and mid-October will include a visit the Butterfly House.
- Second Grade Butterfly Field Trip (2 hours) Science 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2 This program focuses on plant and animal life cycles, behavior and adaptation, and is best suited for late summer/early fall, or late spring/early summer so students can get up close and personal with living butterflies in Airlie’s 2700 square foot butterfly house (open seasonally from mid-May through mid-October). Students will view a short slide show, use insect nets to collect butterflies (weather dependent), look at insect specimens under microscopes, and hunt for caterpillars on larval host plants in the garden.
- Third Grade Plants and Soils Field Trip (2- 2.5 hours) Science 3.L.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 3.L.2.3, 3.L.2.4, 3.E.2.1 Students will search for decomposers in the Airlie Woods, experiment with different soil textures, discover what we can learn about the environment by looking at the growth rate of trees and learn how pollinators do their important jobs.
- Fourth Grade Adaptations Field trip (2- 2.5 hours) Science 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3 Students will learn about plant and animal adaptations through hands-on activities set up throughout the gardens. Discover how plants survive in saltwater environment, meet macro invertebrates from our freshwater lake, play a game to demonstrate how adaptations help animals survive, and more. By the end of the field trip, students will be able to explain what an adaptation is and give local examples of animal and plant adaptations.
- Eighth Grade Water Quality Field Trip (2.5 â€“ 3 hours) Science 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.2, 8.E.1.3, 8.E.1.4 Using our unique ability to see both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, eighth graders will explore the biodiversity of the plankton, macroinvertebrates and mollusks that call Airlie Gardens home. Students will conduct water quality testing, then use their knowledge of the sources of water pollution and the ways we can prevent water pollution to predict the safety of the water at Airlie and throughout our community.
- Self-guided field trips are available anytime the garden is open, but must be scheduled in advance by submitting a Book your Field Trip Form.
- Summer Programs are available for visiting camps and daycares for ages 5 to 11.