Field Trips

Several conservation nature centers and interpretive centers across the state offer naturalist-led field trips for school groups of all ages.

Planning A Successful Field Trip

A field experience allows students to demonstrate and apply knowledge from the lessons at school in a natural setting. Field experiences help students become systems thinkers, learn the skills of scientific inquiry, and understand that science doesn’t only happen in a laboratory or classroom. 

Get helpful planning tips in this short video.

Other Field Experience Locations by Region

Field experiences that can benefit your students include MDC conservation areas, state parks, county parks, community lakes, wildlife areas, and more. Our local conservation educators have put together a list of destinations in each Missouri region for you to consider when planning your science-based field trips. Remember to visit the site prior to your field experience to plan logistics for the day!