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Outdoor Science Investigations Winter Field Trip Program for K-8 Classes Jan. 11 to March 26 - Registration Open

The Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, in partnership with the College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, is pleased to announce that registration for the Winter session of the Outdoor Science Investigations Field Trip Program is now open. The Winter field trips will run from Monday, January 11, through Friday, March 26, and are open to all public, private and home schools. Please review the attached Winter Field Trip program flyer for descriptions of each field trip for each grade, K-8, and a list of possible field trip locations. There is always the option to have the field trip take place at the school. Please make your field trip registration using the online Winter Field Trip Request Form. CLICK HERE

All lessons align with Michigan Science Standards. Lessons may be customized to fit a specific curriculum topic, at the teacher’s request. The presenter will provide all lesson supplies, including class sets of snowshoes for all sizes. Field trip scheduling is on a first-come basis. Upon receipt of your Field Trip Request, you will receive an email confirmation of the date, time, and location of your field trip from Lizzy Barnes.

Winter Field Trip Brochure CLICK HERE

Please see the brochure for short descriptions of the field trips offered for each grade.

Winter Field Trip Length:

Please be sure to allow enough time for students to put on and take off snowshoes (15 min.), in addition to the field trip. An hour is the minimum for a winter field trip. 1.5 to 2 hours is ideal, especially for upper elementary lessons.

Required Clothing:

All students MUST wear hat, mittens or gloves, winter coat, snow pants and/or long underwear & winter boots (no tennis shoes allowed!!). Due to the added risk of being outdoors in the wintertime, Field Trip leaders have the option to not allow students to participate, if they are not appropriately dressed.


● To help defray presenter travel costs, the Center will charge $40 per field trip per class (up to 30 students). Since 2000, a grant from the Wege Foundation provides significant funding to support this program.

● Teachers from the same school are encouraged to schedule multiple field trips on the same day in the same location for more efficient time management.

● Michigan Tech will send an invoice to your school at the end of each field trip season: fall, winter, and spring.

In case of inclement weather, it will be the teacher's responsibility to contact the field trip coordinator to cancel at least 2 hours (3 hours for GOISD schools) before your scheduled trip by calling Lizzy Barnes (715) 212-7679 or email:

If you have any questions about the Field Trip Program, please contact:

Lizzy Barnes, Outdoor Science Investigations Field Trip Coordinator

Center for Science & Environmental Education/College of Forest Resources & Environ. Science

128 Noblet / Michigan Technological University

1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931-1295

Tel: (715) 212-7679 Email: