What?

 Field trips include a guided nature hike and at least two hands-on STEM activities connected to the selected theme. The STEM Connection staff are highly knowledgeable, creative and flexible, and will customize field trips to meet your needs. If desired, field trips can also include time for a picnic lunch at the farm.

Why?

Field trips to Moore Road Farm provide students with an opportunity to connect with nature and engage in hands-on, minds-on, feet-on-the-ground STEM activities.  Trips are designed to provide students a chance to experience STEM in ways that cannot be done in a typical classroom setting and align with standards.

Where?

Field trips are offered at Moore Road Farm, located at 8407 Moore Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278. The STEM Connection’s 30-acre outdoor education site is located conveniently on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The ecosystems found on the farm include deciduous forest, fields of crops, an urban garden, and Eagle Creek, a water source for part of Indianapolis.

When?

Spring Break field trips are available throughout March and April. Summer field trips are available most Wednesdays and Fridays during June, July, and August. Trips generally last three hours without a lunch break or about three and a half hours to allow time for a picnic lunch.  All field trips start at 10:00 am unless otherwise planned with The STEM Connection staff.

Cost?

3 hour trip: $320 for up to 40 students; additional students are $8 each. 3½ hour trip (with sack lunch break): $360 for up to 40 students; additional students are $9 each. Teachers and adult chaperones are free and welcome!  Organizations with a minimum of 40% of participants receiving free or reduced lunches are eligible for discounted field trip rates (3 hr trip = $7/participant; 3.5 hr trip = $8/participant).

Teachers and chaperones are free and welcome!

To inquire about available dates or for more information, please contact Andrea Elstro at aelstro@thestemconnection.org.

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/