All field trips are $6 per participant and are 2 hours

1 chaperone is required per 10 students

For field trip availability, please contact our Naturalist

Kailyn Palomares:

It’s Maple Sugarin’ Time! – March

2nd-5th grade

The Sugar Maple tree and history of maple sugaring is an important part of Wisconsin’s heritage. Through hands-on activities, students experience the arts and traditions of maple tree identification, tapping, collecting sap, and making syrup at the sugar shack. Explore the Native American traditions and techniques for making maple sugar. Students will sample 100% pure maple syrup and will make their own sumac spile to take home.

Watch our youtube video here!

Pollywog Pond Discovery: May-June

PreK-5th grade

Explore our Pollywog Pond to discover the world of water!  Students will learn about the life cycles of amphibians and search for frogs and toads.  Students will also learn about the other animals which call our pond home, including fish, insects, birds, and even micro-organisms!  Prepare to get wet and dirty for this trip… all worth it in the name of discovery!

Growing Healthy: June-October

1st-2nd grade

This program focuses on the Growing Healthy Garden and uses hands-on activities to explore food groups, how food turns into energy, the role of pollinators, and connecting food with family and culture.  Students will get to try fresh produce they may have never tried before, and will learn the process of digestion in humans and animals.  Followed by a pollination game, students will leave understanding the importance of pollinators to our food and environment.

Watch our youtube video here!

Glacial Geology and Soil: May-October


Middle & High School

Wisconsin and Lake Michigan were formed over thousands of years by glaciers!  Students will learn how Wisconsin was carved and will perform a glacier-goo experiment.  Then, students will hike through Hawthorn Hollow’s trails to identify glacial till and test soil samples like a true geologist!

Cornucopia of Fall: Late September-November

K-5th grade

This program focuses on the different ways plants grow through life stages and survive to produce new offspring. Students will make discoveries on seed dispersal strategies and the concept that fruit is a seed container. Visitors will classify seeds collected from a forest and prairie. We revisit Native American traditions and celebrations of the fall season while walking a real Indian trail and making a traditional folklore toy to bring home. All students get hands-on learning experience making cider using a traditional apple press.

Watch our youtube video here!


Custom field trips or Troop Merit Badges are also available.  Email to inquire