Field Trips

SCNC Field Trip Students

Each field trip, depending on the amount of participants, is divided up into smaller groups. Each group will simultaneously attend a separate session either taught by a Des Moines County Conservation naturalist or by a teacher. Most fieldtrips occur from 9 a.m. - Noon or 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. depending on how many sessions there are and how long each session is. Fieldtrips may be chosen from the list below or Environmental Education staff can design a fieldtrip to meet your class' curriculum needs.

Fieldtrip Options


  • Touch ofNature: a basic, friendly introduction to nature, allowing children to use their five senses to explore the world around them.


  • Habitat Sweet Habitat: find out what makes up an animal's home and which animals live where.
  • Seasons of Change: learn how the seasons change and how these changes affect plants, animals, and people.

First Grade

  • Perfect Plants: venture inside a tree to learn about plant parts and their functions.
  • Weird Wild Wacky Weather: discover what makes weather happen and how it affects our environment.

Second Grade

  • Super Seeds: discover how seeds grow, what they need to survive, and how they move around.
  • Amazing Animals: learn to move like an animal, make tracks, and learn about a beaver's special watery adaptations.

Third Grade

  • Changing Landscapes: learn the basics of erosion, weathering, cave formation, and other changes in the Earth's surface.
  • Can You Dig It?: an introduction to fossils, the history of earth, and what it is like to be a paleontologist.

Fourth Grade

  • Insect Investigation: catch insects, see what lives under fallen logs, and hunt for other creepy crawlies.
  • Animal Adaptations: see how bird beaks fit the food they eat, how bats find food, and other ways animals fit into their niches.
  • Fly, Fly Away: discover what makes a bird a bird and learn how to identify common birds in the area.

Fifth Grade

  • Aquatic Adventure: get your feet wet and discover pond life and creek habitat at Big Hollow Creek Recreation Area.
  • Advanced Geology: explore Starr's Cave to study our local geological past, soils, fossils, and other rocky formations.