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Field Trip Program Options

Below are descriptions of each exciting field trip program we offer.  For your convenience the programs have been arranged by grade level. 


Don't see what your looking for?  Give us a call and we can discuss customizing a program to meet your needs.

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Preschool and Kindergarten

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.25-1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Fall Wonders

September - November   1.25-1.5 hrs
(Option to have Blandford 6th grade student one-on-one guides)  Explore the fall woods and fields to learn how plants and animals prepare for winter. The changing season inspires role-playing and sensory investigation of life cycles.

Growing Up Healthy NEW!
September - October, May - June   1.25-1.5 hrs

Investigate the Blandford Farm using the five senses. See plants growing, hear pollinators buzzing, feel what it is like to be a bee, taste vegetables, and smell nectar-rich flowers.

Winter Explorers
December - February   1.25-1.5 hrs
Discover the beauty of winter and the secrets of animal survival during this cold season. Find out first-hand why some animals have feathers or fur and others have shells, scales, or slimy skin.

Log Cabin Traditions

December - February   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Laura Ingalls shares winter in the Big Woods and we share simple celebrations. We will warm up by the wood stove in the log cabin and learn how rural communities came together in the one-room schoolhouse.

Sugarbush
March   1.5 hrs
(Option to have Blandford 6th grade student one-on-one guides)  A lively puppet show begins our exciting exploration of maple syrup production. Investigate the entire sugaring process through stories, activities, and a short hike to the Sugarhouse.

Signs of Spring

April - June   1.25-1.5 hrs
Spring is an amazing time of growth and change, and the evidence is all around us. Practice counting and color recognition by spying blooming flowers, singing birds, and buzzing insects.


First Grade

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Seeds and Plants
September - November, April-June   1.5 hrs
(Option to have Blandford 6th grade student one-on-one guides in fall with 1st & 2nd grades)  A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

The Farm: A Food Factory NEW!
September - October, May - June   1.5 hrs
Visit our working farm for a first-hand look at how nutrients are cycled through living things. Investigate plant parts (and eat them too!), discover how small creatures are big recyclers, and conduct a chemical analysis of veggie nutrients.

Winter Explorers
December - February   1.5 hrs
Discover the beauty of winter and the secrets of animal survival during this cold season. Find out first-hand why some animals have feathers or fur and others have shells, scales or slimy skin.

Log Cabin Traditions
December - February   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Laura Ingalls shares winter in the Big Woods and we share simple celebrations. We will warm up by the wood stove in the log cabin and learn how rural communities came together in the one-room schoolhouse.

Sugarbush
March   1.5 hrs
(Option to have Blandford 6th grade student one-on-one guides)  A lively puppet show begins our exciting exploration of maple syrup production. Investigate the entire sugaring process through stories, activities, and a short hike to the Sugarhouse.

Birds of a Feather

April - June   1.5 hrs
Discover the amazing world of birds during the most active time in their lives. As birds call for mates, build nests and raise their young, students learn how to identify distinguishing characteristics using observation and role-play. Meet one of our resident birds of prey.


Second Grade

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.25-1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Anishinabek Lifeways

September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
The cultural heritage of the Grand River Valley is brought to life. Traditional tools are used to act out fishing, gardening, games, and home life.

Seeds and Plants
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
(Option to have Blandford 6th grade student one-on-one guides in fall with 1st & 2nd grades)  A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

The Farm: A Food Factory NEW!
September = October, May - June   1.5 hrs
Visit our working farm for a first-hand look at how nutrients are cycled through living things. Investigate plant parts (and eat them too!), discover how small creatures are big recyclers, and conduct a chemical analysis of veggie nutrients.

Wildlife with a Backbone
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Meet live vertebrates and learn about their unique qualities and habits. Hands-on props highlight adaptations the different vertebrate groups use for protection, warmth, and food gathering.

Log Cabin Traditions
December - February   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Laura Ingalls shares winter in the Big Woods and we share simple celebrations. We will warm up by the wood stove in the log cabin and learn how rural communities came together in the one-room schoolhouse.

Sugarbush, Then & Now

March   1.5-1.75 hrs
Experience the science and history of maple syrup. Identify maples, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice Native American, pioneer, and modern methods of tapping, collecting, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.

Birds of a Feather
April - June   1.5 hrs
Discover the amazing world of birds during the most active time in their lives. As birds call for mates, build nests and raise their young, students learn how to identify distinguishing characteristics using observation and role-play. Meet one of our resident birds of prey.


Third Grade

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Anishinabek Lifeways

September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
The cultural heritage of the Grand River Valley is brought to life. Traditional tools are used to act out fishing, gardening, games, and home life.

Seeds and Plants
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

The Farm: A Food Factory NEW!
September - October, May - June   1.5 hrs
Visit our working farm for a first-hand look at how nutrients are cycled through living things. Investigate plant parts (and eat them too!), discover how small creatures are big recyclers, and conduct a chemical analysis of veggie nutrients.

Producers, Consumers, Decomposers
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Everybody has to eat something, and something eats everything! Follow the sun’s energy by exploring plants, animals, fungi, and more in our hardwood forest.

Wildlife with a Backbone

September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Meet live vertebrates and learn about their unique qualities and habits. Hands-on props highlight adaptations the different vertebrate groups use for protection, warmth, and food gathering.

Homestead Life

September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Be immersed in the work and play of our pioneer forebears. Compare how the seasons, resources, and technology affected daily life 140 years ago.

Sugarbush, Then & Now

March   1.5-1.75 hrs
Experience the science and history of maple syrup. Identify maples, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice Native American, pioneer, and modern methods of tapping, collecting, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.

Birds of a Feather

April - June   1.5 hrs
Discover the amazing world of birds during the most active time in their lives. As birds call for mates, build nests and raise their young, students learn how to identify distinguishing characteristics using observation and role-play. Meet one of our resident birds of prey.


Fourth and Fifth Grade

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Anishinabek Lifeways
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
The cultural heritage of the Grand River Valley is brought to life. Traditional tools are used to act out fishing, gardening, games, and home life.

Seeds and Plants
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

Producers, Consumers, Decomposers

September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Everybody has to eat something, and something eats everything! Follow the sun’s energy by exploring plants, animals, fungi, and more in our hardwood forest.

Wildlife with a Backbone
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Meet live vertebrates and learn about their unique qualities and habits. Hands-on props highlight adaptations the different vertebrate groups use for protection, warmth, and food gathering.

Homestead Life
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Be immersed in the work and play of our pioneer forebears. Compare how the seasons, resources, and technology affected daily life 140 years ago.

Sugarbush, Then & Now
March   1.5-1.75 hrs
Experience the science and history of maple syrup. Identify maples, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice Native American, pioneer, and modern methods of tapping, collecting, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.

Birds of a Feather
April - June   1.5 hrs
Discover the amazing world of birds during the most active time in their lives. As birds call for mates, build nests and raise their young, students learn how to identify distinguishing characteristics using observation and role-play. Meet one of our resident birds of prey.

Ecosystem Exploration
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Explore concepts of habitat, adaptation, and more by visiting a variety of natural ecosystems. Compare the biotic and abiotic factors that make each unique.

Skulls, Skins, & Tracks
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Develop investigative skills through comparison of skull structures, mammal furs, and tracks left in mud or snow. Meet some of our animal residents, role-play population dynamics, and seek out clues on the trail.

Predator and Prey NEW!
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
What does it feel like to be an animal trying to survive in the wild? Students will discover for themselves through role-playing games and searching for evidence.

Farming through the Ages NEW!
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Experience Michigan life through the eyes of those that have worked the land to feed their families over hundreds of years. Tend a Native American Three Sister garden using bone tools; find food and medicine in the pioneer herb garden; take a walk through the woods to the Blandford Farm, where modern farmers grow food using new and tried-and-true sustainable methods.


Sixth Grade

Meet Blandford’s Animals NEW!
Year Round   1.5 hrs, limited to 30 students
Our permanent wildlife residents have unique stories. Come learn about why each is here, how our wildlife staff takes care of them, and what life was like for them in the wild. Get an up close and personal encounter with these amazing Michigan animals.

Anishinabek Lifeways
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
The cultural heritage of the Grand River Valley is brought to life. Traditional tools are used to act out fishing, gardening, games, and home life.

Sugarbush, Then & Now
March   1.5-1.75 hrs
Experience the science and history of maple syrup. Identify maples, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice Native American, pioneer, and modern methods of tapping, collecting, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.

Ecosystem Exploration
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Explore concepts of habitat, adaptation, and more by visiting a variety of natural ecosystems. Compare the biotic and abiotic factors that make each unique.

Skulls, Skins, & Tracks
September - February, April - June   1.5 hrs
Develop investigative skills through comparison of skull structures, mammal furs, and tracks left in mud or snow. Meet some of our animal residents, role-play population dynamics, and seek out clues on the trail.

Predator and Prey NEW!
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
What does it feel like to be an animal trying to survive in the wild? Students will discover for themselves through role-playing games and searching for evidence.

Farming through the Ages NEW!
September - November, April - June   1.5 hrs
Experience Michigan life through the eyes of those that have worked the land to feed their families over hundreds of years. Tend a Native American Three Sister garden using bone tools; find food and medicine in the pioneer herb garden; take a walk through the woods to the Blandford Farm, where modern farmers grow food using new and tried-and-true sustainable methods.


 
 
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