REGISTRATION

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  • Conditions

    1. MNP Inc. requires the contact person for the school/organization to have on their person information that will allow for quick notification/contact of a parent or guardian should an emergency arise.

    2. Each school/organization must follow its district’s policies on parental or guardian permission for field trips in order to attend.

    3. I have reviewed the field tip expectations and will contact MNP's staff with any questions or concerns.

Learn more about the 17 field trip opportunities we have to offer

Tour and Habitat Hike

Suggested Grade Levels: All grades

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: C4.1+2, F4.2, F8.8, F12.7, F12.8

Description: MNP staff will guide your group through the “green” education center and point out the renewable energy features. Students will then hike up to two miles through wetlands, forests, and prairies, learning about these different habitats along the way. A great choice for first time visitors .

Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Suggested Grade Levels: Pre-K through 2nd

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: C4.1+2, F4.2

Description: Students will be led on a tour of the education center to meet its various resident animals. Afterwards, MNP staff will lead the students on a half-mile hike to look for items on a prepared seasonal list.

Invasive species and Land Restoration

Suggested Grade Levels: 5th and above

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: F8.8, F8.9, F12.7, F12.8

Description: Students will learn to identify non-native plants and assess their disruptive effects on our native plants and animals. Removal of invasive plants and planting of native plants will be part of the experience as well.

Renewable Energy

Suggested Grade Levels: 3rd and above

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: D4.8, E4.6, G4.1, G8.2-3

Description: Students will learn about the need for renewable sources of energy by investigating the benefits of wind and solar power.

Aquatic Organisms

Suggested Grade Levels: 6th through 12th

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: C8.6, F8.2+10, C12.3, F12.7+9

Description: Students will observe, collect and index many of the organisms present in MNP’s wetlands. The students’ data will be used to assess the relative health of the wetlands.

Understanding Amphibians

Suggested Grade Levels: 3rd through 8th

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: F4.1-4, F8.2, F8.6-8

Description: Students will study amphibians through classroom and field observation, recognize different species by their calls and learn about their food sources and life cycle.

Food Chains in Wetlands

Suggested Grade Levels: 3rd through 8th

Offered: Spring though Fall

Science Performance Standards: F8.2, F8.8, A12.2, F12.7, F12.10, F12.11

Description: Students will collect and observe many of the organisms present in MNP’s wetlands and organize them into native food chains.

Water Quality from Wetlands

Suggested Grade Levels: 5th through 12th

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: C8.1, C8.6, D8.1, C12.3

Description: Students will learn about the benefits of wetlands and assess the health of MNP’s wetlands by observing its organisms as well as testing water chemistry (pH, turbidity, nitrate and phosphate levels, temperature and dissolved oxygen).

All About Trees

Suggested Grade Levels: K5 through 6th

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: C4.2, F4.1-4, F8.2, F8.8

Description: Students will learn about the basic parts of trees, study the stages in a tree’s life cycle and identify five or more native trees common to Southeast Wisconsin.

Exploring the Forest Floor

Suggested Grade Levels: 2nd through 6th

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: C4.2, F4.1, C8.6, F8.8

Description: Students will closely examine the ground in a forest, discovering seeds, bugs, worms, fungi and other things that often go unnoticed. Decomposition, nutrient cycling and food chains within woodlands will be discussed.

Soil Science

Suggested Grade Levels: 1st through 4th

Offered: Spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: C4.1, C4.2, E4.2, F4.1, F4.2, F4.4

Description: Students will examine various types of soil, note what type of plants live in each of the soil types and discuss the role insects and other animals play in making soil.

Birding 101

Suggested Grade Levels: K through 5th

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: F4.1, F8.2, F8.7

Description: Students will learn about the diversity of bird species and how each requires a different habitat. With binoculars and a species list, groups will seek out various common birds in their natural habitats

Bird Anatomy and Behavior

Suggested Grade Levels: K through 5th

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: F4.1-4, F8.2, F8.8

Description: Students will take a close look at the physical characteristics of birds, their behavior (migration, nesting, food sources) and the need for our assistance in their survival.

Owls and Owl Pellets

Suggested Grade Levels: K5 through 4th

Offered: Year-round

Science Performance Standards: C4.2, C4.4, C4.5, F4.4

Description: Students will develop a basic knowledge of the four common owl species in southeast Wisconsin and examine the content of owl pellets to determine a typical owl diet.

Insects in the Prairie

Suggested Grade Levels: 1st through 6th

Offered: Late spring through Fall

Science Performance Standards: C4.2, C8.6, F8.2

Description: Insects are the unsung heroes that keep the soil moving, nutrients recycling and flowers pollinated. In this lesson, students will learn about various types of native insects by catching, identifying and releasing insects from our prairie.

The Monarch Migration

Suggested Grade Levels: 2nd through 6th

Offered: August through October

Science Performance Standards: F4.1-4, F8.2, F8.5, F8.7, F8.8

Description: Students will study the monarch’s life cycle, its food sources and the incredible, yearly migration of monarchs between Mexico and Wisconsin. Students may take part in tagging butterflies for scientific study.

Tracking Animals in the Winter Time

Tracking Animals in the Winter Time

Suggested Grade Levels: K5 through 6th

Offered:Winter

Science Performance Standards: C4.1-2, F4.1-2, F4.4, F8.2, F8.9

Description: Students will hike to discover which animals are active in winter by searching for scat, tracks, broken branches and various other signs of activity. *MNP has around 20 children’s snowshoes and winter boots available for use by school groups.