Beidler Forest

Field Trips

“Give us your yawning, your bored, your restless students yearning to breathe free . . . .” 

What do you do when your kids can’t take one more day inside, but you haven’t a second to waste in your march toward meeting standards?  How about . . . bring them to Beidler Forest? 

  • Our naturalists are warm and funny and immensely knowledgeable. 
  • Our boardwalk is 1.75 miles long, with benches and rain shelters at easy intervals.
  • We offer standards-based programs for grades K-12 — student satisfaction guaranteed.

School group visits, which always include a boardwalk tour guided by a naturalist, cost $5 per student.  If you want to add a grade-appropriate, standards-based activity (see below), the cost is $7 per student.  There’s no charge for classroom teachers who come with a school group.

Activity Grade Range Description

Birdwatching – the Six S’s

K-12

Students use Audubon binoculars to learn how to identify birds. Emphasis is placed on using binoculars, identifying field marks, and describing bird locations.

Can You Hear Me?

K-5

Students use their listening skills and must work together to learn how birds communicate in this fun game.

Sensing Beyond Sight

K-3

Students learn to explore their sense of hearing and touch as ways for interacting with the world.

Critter, Critter

K-2

Students practice observational skills on the low boardwalk by finding “critters” that we’ve placed in the swamp.

Let it Rain

1-6

Students use a model to introduce the concept of a watershed and to learn how rain affects pollution (>15 kids per group).

Pass the Pollution

1-5

Students come up with ways to use land they “inherited” as a way of learning how watersheds pass along pollution.

Clouds, Swamps & Oceans

2-8

Students “become” a water droplet that travels through Beidler Forest to learn about the water cycle.

Oh, Deer!

2-8

Student act out the parts of a deer herd in this interactive game.  Data from activity is graphed to show how population size changes in response to environment.

A Swampy Food Web

2-6

Students select critters to represent and become a part of the swamp’s food web to learn how energy transfers from critter to critter.

Fill the Bill

2-5

Students learn about bird adaptations by using different “beaks” to pick up items of food.

Animal Tracks

3-8

Students learn how to identify animal tracks using a guide sheet and tape measure.

There's a Bird On Your Back!

3-6

Students learn to describe the basic markings of common swamp birds in this fun activity.

Great Migration Challenge (In Development)

4-6

Students play a simple game to learn what birds go through during their annual migration.

Plant ID

6-12

Students use a plant identification guide to learn plants along our lower boardwalk.

Questions?  Email Noel Williams at nwilliams@audubon.org.