Field Trip Programs
Get outside, where education comes alive!
Welcome to Fresh Air Family Field Trips! We have converted our curriculum to design-thinking to help you meet and exceed your academic goals. We also have a special needs expert on our staff with lesson plans for a wide variety of needs. Our staff is happy to provide a field trip experience that is engaging, sometimes gross, and always educational. We work at a variety of nature centers, including Tannehill State Park, the Cahaba River in Trussville, Kiwanis Trail at Vulcan Park, a world-class fossil site, or a park near you.
Call or email us to discuss programming content, scheduling, or any question you may have about field trips.
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Field trips with 25 or more students are broken into groups for maximum educational experiences.
Larger groups can rotate through two or more programs in stations.
Add in $2 for additional stations up to a maximum of $10 per student
Animal shows are extra for our herpetologist
We have field trip grants from the Jefferson County Commission
to help underserved schools to pay for field trips. Just ask us!
NEW! Overnight or day experience on the Cahaba River
Fossils, fishing, hunting for macroinvertebrates -- there is so much to learn from one of the most biodiverse rivers in the world. We can even do a real science data collection program.
Hike Led by a Naturalist, All Ages, standard for all field trips
Hikes can be stand-alone activities with a goal in mind - wetland studies, fossils, finding creatures, or storytelling related to the plants and animals. Hikes are also paired with all of our field trips. Let us know what you are interested in and we will match you with an expert naturalist to meet your goals.
Meets numerous standards. Will be crafted to match other programs.
Seed Party, All Ages
How do seeds disperse? We will study the ways. Then, we will
design ways for seeds to cross a "river" to attend a "seed party."
This especially fits Grade 2 Ecosystems #6.
Standards: Physical Science 5.7
Life Science 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.11, 5.8
Fairy Tales/Fairy Houses, All Ages/Groups
Take a magical tour around the trail with a story-filled hike
based on plant folklore featuring heroes and heroines, dragons and
fairies, princes and princesses. Our the senses will be explored as we touch,
smell, see, and listen to the birds.
Ranges from fairy houses for little ones to Latin names for older students.
Standards: Cultural Diversity, Ideas that relate science, technology,
and society, Scientific writing, Engineering, Language, Botany, STEAM,
Snakes and Dragons! Live Animal Show
Reptiles, turtles, lizards, bearded dragons and a hissing
cockroach intrigue students in this hands-on, interactive
live animal show. Learn about camouflage, habitats,
defenses and much more. We can come to your
Program cost: $70 first hour and $45 every following hour
Standards: K.3, K.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.7, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10, 3.11, 4.11, 7.10
GO Fish! All Ages
Come on a fishing expedition with us. We fish Huck Finn-style, with
cane poles and worms. Older children can tackle up their own
poles. We look at fish mouth construction, the health of the stream,
the amount of pull necessary to feel the tug of the fish and to
ultimately catch one! We talk about types of fish, their food, and
look for crawdads and other stream dwellers..
Life Science Standards: K.3, 1.5, 1.7, 2.7, 2.11, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10, 3.12
4.9, 4.11, 5.16, 6.15, 6.16, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10, 7.11
Fossil Hunt Exploring Birmingham's Paleozoic Past, All Ages
A visit to the Union Chapel Mine in Sumiton, one of the top three Coal Age
Fossil sites in the world. Students have found museum-quality pieces! A
paleontologist will give a history of the site and tips of finding fossils. He will
guide the students on the field trip and evaluate the fossils they find. They can
keep any fossils that are not museum-quality. This is an old strip mine where it
is easy to find fossils. No digging. Instead, students can pull layers apart or use
a small hammer and screw-driver to separate layers. This protected site takes
special permission to enter and Fresh Air Family provides one of the few ways
to enjoy this unique educational experience.
Program Cost: $15 per person with a minimum of $250
Life Sciences Standards: 3.9, 4.12
Social Studies History Standards: 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.11, 4.4, 4.6
Earth and Space Science Standards: 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8
Shining the Light on Photosynthesis, 4th - 6th
The basis for animals in existence is undoubtedly the production of glucose by
plants. Students will learn, through direct observation, the structure and function
of plants. Students will utilize fieldscopes and other equipment to understand
the transfer of light energy and its conversion into chemical energy or food.
Discipline: Life Sciences
Standards: 4.9, 5.8, 5.9
Discipline: Earth and Space Science
Standards: 6.7, 6.14, 6.15, 6.16
Creek Stomp! All Ages
Discover the diversity of life along the creek at Tannehill or the shallow
Cahaba River. .All students will have the opportunity to explore for macro
invertebrates. Students will learn to identify the organisms and interpret what
certain organisms mean for the health of the wetland. Upper level students
will test the quality of water from the source, and relate its condition to the
diversity of species found at the study site. Last, students will record the
diversity and richness of macroinvertebrates and vertebrates as indicator
species to the health of this ecosystem.
Life Sciences Standards: 3.5, 3.6, 3.1
Earth and Space Science Standards: 6.7, 6.15, 6.16
There is no cancellation fee if you cancel at least
two weeks prior of your scheduled trip. There is a
cancellation fee of $50.00 if your group cancels
shorter than the two-week period. There is a $75
School staff and faculty are free, if attending with a scheduled field trip.
Chaperones pay the regular field trip price.
In case of inclement or severe weather, Fresh Air Family will reschedule your group.