What?

School & Group/Organization Field Trips

  • Opportunities for groups of participants to spend time participating in outdoor hands-on STEM activities at Moore Road Farm. 
  • Participants engage in a guided nature hike and at least one STEM activity connected to a chosen theme from our activity menu. 
  • Activities are connected STEM to today and tomorrow and are aligned to content, process, and employability skills standards. 
  • If desired, field trips can include time for a picnic lunch (provided by participants) at the farm. 

Reverse Field Trips

  • TSC comes to your location to facilitate three hands-on STEM activities for participants instead of you coming to Moore Road Farm.
  • TSC provides staff and materials for activities.
  • You provide the participants and spaces for the activities to take place.

Where?

School & Group/Organization Field Trips

  • Field trips are offered at Moore Road Farm, located at 8407 Moore Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278. 
  • TSC’s 30-acre outdoor education site is located conveniently on the northwest side of Indianapolis. 
  • The ecosystems represented on the farm are representative of Indiana. The farm provides visitors an opportunity to connect with a deciduous forest, fields of crops, an urban garden, and Eagle Creek.

Reverse Field Trips

  • A reverse field trip takes place at your location. 
  • Reverse field trips are limited to locations within 30 miles of Moore Road Farm. 
  • Depending on the number of participants, The STEM Connection needs 2-3 designated spaces (classrooms, gymnasium, outdoor green spaces, etc.) in which activities can be facilitated.

When?

School & Group/Organization Field Trips

  • Field trips are offered throughout the year on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (and other days upon request). 
  • Trips to our outdoor education site generally last three hours without a lunch break or about three and a half hours if you’d like to allow time for a picnic lunch. 
  • All field trips begin at 9:30 a.m unless otherwise scheduled. 

Reverse Field Trips

  • Reverse field trips are offered year round. 
  • Participants will engage in STEM activities for 2 hours and TSC will be onsite for 2.5-3 hours to allow a little time at the beginning for set-up and at the end for clean-up.

Cost

School & Group/Organization Field Trips

  • 3 hour field trip: $320 for up to 40 participant; additional participant are $8 each.
  • 3½ hour field trip (with sack lunch break): $360 for up to 40 participant; additional participant are $9 each.
  • 3 hour field trip for schools and organizations with a minimum of 40% of participants receiving free or reduced lunches: $280 for up to 40 participants; additional participant are $7 each.
  • 3½ hour trip for schools and organizations with a minimum of 40% of participants receiving free or reduced lunches: $320 for up to 40 participants: additional participant are $8 each.
  • For information about additional financial assistance for a field trip check out Letha’s Fund (information below) or email programs@thestemconnection.org with questions.

Chaperones

  • Chaperones are free and welcome.
  • Chaperones are important to help ensure safely, learning, and fun.
  • TSC recommends one chaperone per every five-six students for preschool through early elementary students and at least two or three chaperones per group for middle-high school students.

Reverse Field Trips

  • $320 for up to 40 students; additional students are $8 each up to a maximum of 60 students.
  • For information about additional financial assistance for a reverse field trip email programs@thestemconnection.org with questions.

More Information – email programs@thestemconnection.org

*22-23 Field Trip Requests Open 8/1/22

Letha’s Youth Outdoor Fund (Indiana Native Plant Society)

Letha’s Fund supports trips for school and youth groups to experience nature in an educational context. It also supports youth-initiated activities that bring them in closer contact with nature. Preferred groups are those with the least access to experiences in the natural environment.

Letha’s Fund provides financial assistance to school-age children and youth groups for field trips to nature sites or projects that engender excitement about the natural world. Grants are intended to:

  • Help with transportation costs and/or naturalist fees where funds are limited.
  • Promote youth-initiated projects/activities that connect kids with nature.

Applicants will receive a response to the application in about two to three weeks if submitted by email. Allow one month response time if submitted by mail.

Eligibility: The Fund is available statewide. Teachers/leaders may select nature sites suitable to their location and situation. To minimize transportation costs, applicants are encouraged to select nearby nature sites suitable to their program.

More Information and Application: https://indiananativeplants.org/education/letha/