Field trip programs
With acres of forests, woodlands, wetlands, vernal pools, meadows, gardens and trails, the Hitchcock Center offers an immense outdoor classroom that’s perfect for field-based exploration, discovery and inquiry. Add an innovative sustainable environmental education center staffed by highly experienced environmental educators, dedicated teachers and excited students will deepen their scientific skills and sustainability practices.
Groups are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay after your field trip is complete.
All field trips address the Massachusetts Curriculum Standards for Science, Technology, Engineering and Match (S.T.E.M.) which are provided for each field trip below.
The following field trips can be adapted as a one-hour classroom program (fee: $175 + travel):
Animals in Winter
Tree and Me
Life in a Pond
Classroom pre-trip programs are available for the field trips Animals in Winter, Life in a Pond and Pond Ecosystems. A pre-trip program benefits students by engaging them in the content, introducing vocabulary and preparing for focused outdoor exploration.
Program Fees Effective July 1, 2019:
- Field Trip (2 hours): $225 per classroom
- Life in a Pond and Pond Ecosystem Field trip (2.5 hours): $250 per classroom
- Field Trip (2 hours) and Classroom Pre-trip (1 hour): $390 per classroom + travel fee
Money for Buses
The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides grant money to help pay for the cost of busing students to field trips. For more information, visit their web site and look for the Big Yellow School Bus Grants. You will find the application form there.