Field Trips

school busField Trip to Wickiup Hill Learning Center

These outdoor programs address the ever growing need to introduce and engage today's youth in the natural world. Pick from eight program themes that best fits your curriculum or classroom studies. Each theme supports Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.

academyOutdoor Academy

This week long outdoor learning experience is designed for 4th and 5th grade students. Each day of the Outdoor Academy has a specific goal that is directly tied to curricular expectations. The whole experience serves to help students gain a greater appreciation for the natural world and explore their connection with it.

BackpackTraveling Naturalist

At a time when field trips away from school may just not be possible or practical, our naturalists can come to you. Let us help you utilize your green space as an outdoor classroom! We can build and customize programs to fit your needs or enrich your current curriculum. Topics may include habitats, animal adaptations or animal group identifications. Naturalist programs focus on life and earth sciences and include Iowa history, outdoor skills and current issues.

laptopVirtual Classroom

If we are not able to gather together in groups, we can use technology to help introduce topics or enhance a program during your virtual classroom times.  Naturalist are standing by and can Zoom in or Google Hangout with you and your students to offer real world accounts and observations no matter if they are in the classroom or at home.


Pick from eight programming themes that best fits your classroom curriculum

  • Plants and Animals
  • Plants, Seeds and Pollinators
  • Pond, Wetland, and Water Quality
  • Iowa Habitats
  • Outdoor Skills and Recreation
  • Geology
  • Weather
  • Iowa History

Educator Guide 2021

Educator Guide (PDF)

Make Program Reservations

Spring field trip scheduling opens Monday, January 8.

  • Request your field trip by filling out the online Spring Field Trip Request Form 
  • You may also request your field trip by calling 319-892-6485, or email Amy, Lead Naturalist at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center

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Spring Field TripsSummer Field TripsFall/Winter Field Trips
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Monday in January
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Monday in April
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Monday in August