Wild Field Trips - Conservators Center

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! Wild Field Trips are designed for public, private, and homeschool classes only, pre-k through 12th grade. For all other types of groups, please see Group Tours.

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.

FAQ

Simply complete the form below with preferred dates and times and the number of students and teachers who will be attending. In order to ensure we can accommodate your group on your preferred date, please plan to schedule at least 2 months in advance.
The rate for field trip participants (ages 3+) is $8 plus tax. There is a minimum cost of $200 (plus tax) for weekday field trips for up to 25 people. Two chaperones per every 25 students will be admitted for free. For the definite cost for your group, please be sure to request an invoice once you have scheduled your tour.

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.
Your scheduled tour will last approximately one hour. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance of your tour start time to allow for check-in activities and restroom breaks. You may also choose to allow time for visiting our gift shop before or after your tour.
If your group is planning to eat lunch on site, there is a picnic shelter beside our visitors center. The shelter will seat approximately 60, and additional uncovered picnic tables can accommodate 40, plus we have additional uncovered benches. The lunch area can be rented for $25/hr (plus tax) if you would like to guarantee availability for your group. If you would prefer not to rent the space, it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.If your group is planning to stop for lunch in transit, please note that the nearest sit-down dining options are approximately 15-20 minutes from our location. In our gift shop we offer a limited selection of snack foods such as chips, candy, and bottled drinks.
All tour participants are required to complete a release form. Minors are required to have their form signed by their legal guardian, or they will not be permitted to join the tour. Please make sure both sides of the form are completed. As the entire tour is outside, please ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Students may also wish to bring water bottles, especially in hot weather.
All students and chaperones are expected to abide by the rules outlined on the release form. Field trips are conducted as guided tours, and all students and adults must remain with their tour guide at all times and obey his/her directives. If any participants exhibit behaviors that may endanger themselves, others, or our animals, including yelling, running, throwing rocks, or crossing the tour barrier, the individual or group will be removed from the remainder of the tour. No toys, including fidget spinners, are permitted inside the park.
We require 72 hours notice of any changes or cancellations of tour time. Email fieldtrips@conservatorscenter.org. If you do not provide 72-hour notice of cancellation or if you do not show up for your scheduled tour, your deposit is forfeited.
We are not currently able to offer programs offsite.

Teacher Resources

Curriculum Guides


Curriculum Guides provide elementary teachers with multiple ways to extend the learning before and after your field trip. All resources are aligned with grade-level science content and include suggested books, vocabulary, and lesson plans. Be sure to request access to these valuable classroom tools when you book your field trip!
Curriculum Guides
Jungle in a Box

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.
Jungle In a Box

Field Trip Reservation Form


Upon submitting the form SUCCESSFULLY, you will be redirected to a confirmation page! If you don't see the confirmation page and have a copy of your form in your email, then we did not receive the form. Please check all required field above!

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.

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.