Wild Field Trips
Lions, tigers, wolves, and other exotic animals at the Conservators Center can make science unforgettable this school year! Your personal tour guides will take your students on a one-hour guided tour, introducing them to over 20 species and connecting their characteristics and adaptations to your grade level science concepts. Our Wild Field Trips, suitable for any grade level, are designed to meet North Carolina Standard Course of Study science goals and objectives. Not a science teacher? We’d love to work with you to design an experience for your content! We have previously welcomed art classes, career and technical education classes, groups with special needs, and more. Submit your info below to book your field trip today!
Grade Level Objectives
- Spots, Stripes, and Animal Types (kindergarten): From big to small, cats to dogs, and spotted to striped, observe and compare the differing physical characteristics of our animals.
- My Habitat and Me (1st grade): Learn about the individual needs of our animals and how they are met through the specific characteristics of their environments.
- Growing Up Wild (2nd grade): Meet animals from young to old, discovering how they grow and change throughout their lives.
- Survival Secrets (4th grade): Recognize the specialized adaptations of a variety of species that allow them to survive and thrive in their wild worlds.
- Eco-Connections (5th grade): From apex predators to keystone species, explore how our animals interact with the other plants and animals found in their ecosystems.
- Genetics of Survival (7th grade): Examine the inherited traits and adaptations of species that provide advantages and disadvantages to survival in the wild.
- Creature Connections (8th grade): By considering the interconnected nature of ecosystems, discover the relationships among varying environmental factors and animal species.
- Wildlife Investigation (high school): Explore biological concepts of species classification, characteristics of diverse ecosystems, and animal adaptations.
- Custom Content: Let us know what topics you would like covered and we will design a tour customized to your classroom content and goals.
Grade-Level Curriculum Packets
Our curriculum resources for teachers provide you with multiple ways to extend the learning before and after your field trip. Materials include suggested books and vocabulary aligned with your science content, an activity to activate prior knowledge, follow-up questions to use after your tour, and a project-based learning activity. These resources are currently available for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades.
Jungle in a Box
Any public school teacher can check out this awesome classroom resource from the Alamance County Public Library. The Conservators Center’s Jungle in a Box is full of materials for teachers, including sample lesson plans, hands-on items, and biofacts to introduce or reinforce your Wild Field Trip experience.
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Note: These rates are for private, public, and homeschool students only, pre-k through 12th grade. For all other types of groups, please see Group Tours.
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Accessibility, Safety, and Pets
The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.
If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.
For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.