Homeschool Field Trips

Mequon Nature Preserve offers field trips to all schools and organizations at no cost to them. This includes homeschooled students! MNP will offer four days throughout the traditional school year for homeschooled students to come and take a predetermined, guided field trip with MNP staff. Field trips run from 10:00am-1:00pm. Note, MNP does not have a cold storage place for lunches.

Each trip will be capped at 50 students. We ask that all students attending the field trip be over the age of 5. In order to best teach the students, we ask that all younger siblings do not attend the field trip. Families with younger siblings are welcome to stay back at the Education Center while their student(s) are on the field trip. Students will be broken up by grades in order to best serve each learning outcome for each age range.

Here are the dates for the 2023-2024 academic year! For more information, see this Home School Field Trips brochure.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023: All About Trees

Wednesday, October 18, 2023: Nocturnal Flyers 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024: Maple Sugaring

Wednesday, May 8, 2024: Pond Animals 

If you are interested or have any questions, email Marianne at

A NOTE ABOUT THE Wednesday, May 8th field trip. The trip will be 10:00-noon.

Due to the nature of this particular filed trip and to make it the best learning experience for all the students:

This trip is open to students aged 5 and up. The five-, six-, and seven-year-olds will be in one group and will do a Nature Habitat hike. (“The focus of this lesson is on the restoration of land and the creation of habitats. Students are taken on a 1.5-mile hike through MNP’s wetlands, prairies, and forests, learning about the similarities and differences of these habitats.”)

Students 8 and up will be in another group and take part in our Pond Exploration trip. (“Hidden in the muck and submerged plants of MNP’s wetlands are a variety of different invertebrates, amphibians, and fish. As students collect and identify pond life, the observed diversity can be a good indicator of our habitat quality.”)

The trip will be just for the students. No adults will be allowed to accompany the students on the trip. The kids should be dropped off at 10:00 and picked up at noon. (We will have plenty of staff and volunteer teachers to accompany the kids.) The trip will begin and end in our auditorium. Most of the trip will be out on the trails of MNP. We ask that the kids dress appropriately for the weather. We HIGHLY suggest wearing boots of some kind.

Fill out the from below after you have talked to Marianne about if there are spots open! Please note: fill out a form for each child participating on the field trip.

Select Your Education Program
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Please note: We do not have cold storage available.
Please briefly describe any allergies or disabilities that we should be aware of so we can best accommodate.
Would we be able to take pictures of your child(ren) during their visit for promotional and grant reporting purposes?
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.