School Field Trips

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Westwood Hills Nature Center’s forest, restored prairie and marsh are unique outdoor classrooms in the middle of the city. Professionally-trained naturalists lead a wide variety of fun, informative, hands-on environmental education and outdoor recreation programs. Students, teachers and other supervising adults should be dressed to be outside for most of their time at the nature center.

Preschool field trips

Preschool field trips are for children ages 3 — 5. Available programs include:

  • Autumn trees and apples
  • Maple syruping
  • Spring birds
  • Who and what lives
  • Winter birds

Each of these programs can be scheduled for either one hour or 1 ½ hours, depending on your group’s needs and wants. Specific activities will vary according to the program, season and the day’s weather, but will typically include outdoor activities and a puppet show.

Program fees
  • 1 hour program — $3 per student (residents), $3.50 per student (non-resident)
  • 1 ½ hour program — $4.50 per student (residents), $5 per student (non-resident)

Elementary field trips

Elementary field trips are for children grades K — 6. Programs can help meet certain academic standards. Review our WHNC standards matrix to decide which program might meet your academic needs. Available programs include:

  • Adaptations
  • Animal tracks
  • Autumn trees and apples
  • Food webs
  • Forest treasures
  • Honeybees and beekeeping
  • Land use
  • Maple syruping
  • Phenology
  • Pond study
  • Seed dispersal
  • Spring plants
  • Tree identification
  • Who and what lives here
  • Winter birds
  • Winter survival
Each of these programs can be scheduled for either 1 ½ or two hours, depending on your group’s needs and wants. Specific activities will vary according to the program, season and the day’s weather. Programs for kindergarten and first grade students include a puppet show.
Program fees
  • 1 ½ hour program — $4 per student (residents), $4.50 per student (non-resident)
  • 2 hour program — $5 per student (residents), $5.50 per student (non-resident)

Field trip scheduling

To schedule a field trip, contact: 

Greg Feinberg
952.924.2621
gfeinberg@stlouispark.org