Winter 2017

Field Trips Brochure(PDF)

Letter to Teachers (PDF)

Field Trip Request Form


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Clean Up Lake Perrault

Pictures Archive

View Photos from 2007-08 Winter Field Trip



Outdoor Science Investigations at Forests, Fields
and Streams Available to Grades K-12 in the Western U.P.

Using the outdoors as a classroom is a great way to get students excited about science and make connections to the real world!

Since 2001, the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education, in partnership with the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Technological University, offers outdoor learning experiences in science and environmental education for K-12 students in the five western counties of the Upper Peninsula.

Field trip activities enhance classroom learning and are correlated to Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for Science and Math.. During the activities, students utilize many science and math skills such as observing, predicting, data collecting, recording, graphing, analyzing and drawing conclusions.

General Field Trip Information & Logistics

Teachers should complete the online registration form to request a field trip. First read the Teacher Letter and Field Trip program descriptions, then make their selections. Schools are required to provide at least one adult chaperone per 10 students.

Brian Doughty is the Field Trip Coordinator. For more information, call him at: 906-487-3341 or email:

The Outdoor Science Field Investigations Program is supported by the Wege Foundation.

Field Trip Descriptions

September to November Fall Outdoor Science Field Trip Descriptions (pdf) Grade K-12
January to March Winter Outdoor Science Field Trip Descriptions (pdf) Grade K-12
April to June Spring Outdoor Science Field Trip Descriptions (pdf) Grade K-12
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Locations For Field Trips

Field trips can be scheduled at one of the following sites, at your school, or you can suggest a site..

Field trip length can vary from 60-120 minutes, depending upon the preference of the teacher(s).

Fall & Spring Locations:

  • Michigan Tech Trails (Houghton)
  • Nara Nature Center (Houghton)
  • Lake Linden-Hubbell School Forest (small pond available)
  • McClain State Park
  • Calumet Township Waterworks Park
  • Black Creek Nature Sanctuary ~ 5 miles northwest of Calumet (pond available)
  • Baraga School Forest
  • Maasto Hiito Trails (Hancock)
  • Ford Forestry Center (Alberta)
  • Porcupine Mountain State Park
  • Bessemer City Park - Bessemer
  • Sunday Lake Park - Wakefield
  • Norrie Park (Ironwood)
  • Your school
  • Suggest a site to us!

Winter Locations:

  • Lake Linden-Hubbell School Forest
  • Swedetown Ski Chalet (Calumet)
  • Maasto Hiihto Ski Chalet (Hancock)
  • MTU Ford Forestry Center (Alberta)
  • Nara Nature Center (Houghton)
  • Porcupine Mountains (Ontonagon)
  • Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center (Watersmeet)
  • Wolverine Ski Trails (Ironwood)
  • Your school
  • Suggest a site (warming hut required)**


How To Schedule A Field Trip

Winter Ecology Field Trip Information

Appropriate Dress:

WARM CLOTHING IS REQUIRED for each student participating in Winter Field Trips!

All students MUST wear:
WINTER BOOTS (no tennis shoes!!)

Due to the added risk of being outdoors in the wintertime, the above dress is required. Additionally, warming huts are required on site for every winter field trip. Field Trip leaders have the option to not allow students to participate, if they are not appropriately dressed.

Please discuss with students before trip:
1) Stay with your group leaders; don’t wander off.
2) Don’t litter (Bring a plastic bag to pick up litter!).
3) Respect the plants and animals in the forest. This is their home. Behave the way you would at your friends’ house.

“Take only pictures, leave only footprints.”

School should provide:
First Aid Kit
Chaperone (parent/teacher) for every 10 students.

Center will provide:
Snowshoe equipment for students and adults.

1) You will meet your presenters at the field trip site (unless other arrangements are made).
2) If the school decides to cancel a field trip (in case of severe weather) please call the Center at least 2-3 hrs in advance at (906) 487-3341!

Comments from Teachers & Students

Comments from Teachers:

“I have always been pleased with the Outdoor Science Field Trip Program, which is why I participate year after year!”
“We feel very fortunate to have this resource available to our school. Keep up the great work.”
“The presenters did a fantastic job of conducting the presentations.  Their lessons were obviously well planned, age appropriate, interesting, and FUN!”

Comments from Students:

“I liked exploring the woods, looking for living things”-4th grader
"I didn't know that there were so many water sources! I think I can learn outside--just like at my desk!" -2nd grader
“It’s amazing how much life is hidden everywhere!”- 6th grader
“The part I liked most was when I held a frog in my hands.  Thank you for the nice field trip!”- 2nd grader


Modified: September 14, 2015
For more information contact:

Joan Chadde at or 487-3341.