Thank you so much for scheduling your field trip with us. We’re sure your students will find their upcoming experience educational and fun as well. The following checklist will help assure that your field trip runs smoothly. Please read our FAQs (at the bottom of this page) and feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Cancellation Policy: If cancellations occur at least two weeks before the program, no fees apply. If cancellations occur within two weeks before the date of the program, the minimum fee for the scheduled program will be charged. Fees do not apply if cancellations occur due to inclement weather as determined by the ENC.
Please review the material below to help you organize your trip.
Please use the Class List template to separate your students into groups. Bring the class list on the day of your field trip. Please make sure you write comments on the class list. This ensures that our naturalists will teach your students appropriately.
Click HERE to download the name tag template. Please create a nametag for each child, and pin it on before they arrive for the hike. Please do not string the nametags around their necks.
Below are links to downloadable documents that you can use to prepare your students for their field trip to the Environmental Nature Center. Please cover the vocabulary or pre-visit review for your corresponding program. If the students are already knowledgeable about the basic concepts, the trip will have more meaning for them.
- Kindergarten Pre-Visit Study Guide
- First Grade Pre-Visit Study Guide
- Second Grade Pre-Visit Study Guide
- Third Grade Cougar Connections Study Guide
- Third grade Tongva Trail Study Guide
- 4th Grade Natureology Study Guide
- 4th Grade Native American Study Guide
- Fifth Grade Science Vocabulary
- Sixth Grade Science Vocabulary
- Green Building Activity Guide, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade activities
Payment is due on or before your visit, unless arrangements have been made with our Education Director prior to your visit. We accept checks and credit cards. Please do not bring cash (unless arrangements have been made).
The ENC has a parking lot with spaces for:
- 2 busses
- 21 cars
- EV charging station w/ 2 spaces (our EV is usually in one of them)
- 2 carpool vehicles
- 2 alternatively fueled vehicles
- 2 spaces for people with disabilities
Directions and a map are HERE.
Click here for information on granting organizations and fundraisers to help you raise money for field trips.
Classes cannot eat lunch at the ENC, however, there are many nearby parks with seating, shade and restrooms. Local parks include Bob Henry Park and Castaways Park. Bob Henry has restrooms but Castaways does not.
Please use the pre-test/post-test developed for your program to gauge your students’ academic growth as a result of their visit to the ENC. Please return the results of the post-test to us in an email with your class’ average score to Lori Whalen. We’d LOVE to know how we did!
All writing prompts should be graded by using a rubric, but we’re not providing it because you know your students best!
- Eco Explorers Kindergarten Writing Prompt Narrative
- Eco Explorers Kindergarten Writing Prompt Opinion
1st Grade Eco-Explorers
- Eco Explorers 1st grade Writing Prompt Opinion
- Eco Explorers 1st grade Writing Prompt Narrative
- Eco Explorers 1st grade Multiple Choice
2nd Grade Eco-Explorers
- Eco Explorers 2nd grade Writing Prompt Opinion
- Eco Explorers 2nd grade Writing Prompt Narrative
- Eco Explorers 2nd grade Multiple Choice
3rd Grade Cougar Connections:
- Cougar Connections Grade 3 Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Cougar Connections Grade 3 Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Cougar Connections Grade 3 Multiple Choice
3rd Grade Tongva Trail
- Tongva Trail Grade 3 Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Tongva Trail Grade 3 Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Tongva Trail Grade 3 Writing Prompt, Narrative #2
- Tongva Trail Grade 3 Multiple Choice
4th Grade Native American Adventure
- Native American Grade 4, Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Native American Grade 4, Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Native American Grade 4, Multiple Choice
4th Grade Natureology
- Natureology Grade 4, Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Natureology Grade 4, Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Natureology Grade 4, Writing Prompt, Narrative #2
- Natureology Grade 4, Multiple Choice
5th Grade Earth Connections
- Earth Connections, Grade 5, Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Earth Connections, Grade 5, Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Earth Connections, Grade 5, Multiple Choice
6th Grade Earth Connections
- Earth Connections, Grade 6, Writing Prompt, Narrative
- Earth Connections, Grade 6, Writing Prompt, Opinion
- Earth Connections, Grade 6, Writing Prompt, Informative
- Earth Connections, Grade 6, Multiple Choice
7th Grade NSI
After the Trip
Please click to complete the online teacher survey.
Our Naturalists enjoy receiving feedback from the students they teach, and the student survey can help you gauge the effect the program had on your students! Please return them with the teacher survey. Click HERE to download the student survey.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What do we do if it rains? If it is lightly raining we can still make the program happen outside if your students are dressed appropriately for the weather. If it is raining heavily we can do the program inside, but it will not be the same amazing experience as it would be outside in the Nature Center. Know that there are no dates available for re-scheduling, so the choice is to cancel or come in the rain. Cancellation fees do not apply if cancellations occur due to inclement weather as determined by the ENC. THIS is what a rain day looks like.
2. Which months are the butterfly house will open? May through September, but there are lots of things to see throughout the rest of the year as well. For example, when we have 2nd graders here to learn about metamorphosis in January we simply use a live toad instead! The kids are just as excited to have the opportunity to touch a toad.
3. How many adults can attend the program? Why is there a limitation? What is the fee for extra adults? We allow two free adults (including teachers) for every 15 children. Aids and adults that are attending to assist a child with medical/physical/behavioral challenges are not counted in that number. There is a limitation because we’ve found (from decades of experience teaching these programs) that additional adults frequently become a distraction to the students. Additional adults are allowed, however, and they pay the same fee as the children (i.e. if the program is $6.50 then those adults would pay $6.50). These are our policies, however your school may have other policies that restrict the number of parents attending field trips.
4. Is there a parking fee? No.