Can science be fun while still being educational? Of course you know the answer to this question is “Yes!” – but do your students agree? Maybe it’s time to take them for a day outdoors with ECO! We know what you’re looking for in an educational field trip because our founder Laura was once a classroom teacher herself. After spending many years getting students excited about the outdoors from within the four walls of a classroom, now she can help almost any student find value in the beauty of field studies.
Wondering how it works? There are several ways to get started. We do have pre-planned ECO Experiences available to choose from, but we also offer customizable options based on your class’s individual needs and your budget.
Why Teachers Choose ECO:
- Hands-on learning activities to complement your in-classroom lessons
- Flexible topics and lessons
- Use of our ECO field equipment, including nets, identification guides, binoculars and more
- Pre- and post-experience lesson plans for you and data sheets for your students
- Real world data posted to the web after your trip for further analysis in the classroom
- Ability to cross-reference data from same location with past groups’ experiences (Coming soon!)
- Expert guidance by a native Floridian and certified teacher with a passion for field studies
For more information, check out our resources below or head over to our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that at the high school level, all students should be in the science lab or field, collecting data every week. School laboratory investigations (labs) are defined by the National Research Council (NRC) as an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that provides students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models (NRC, 2006, p. 3).
Additional resources coming soon!
FAQs for Administrators & Billing
How far in advance does a reservation need to be made?
Teachers need to contact Laura at least 3 weeks before your desired program date to ensure availability and to allow time for arrangements to be made. It is a good idea to have several dates in mind when you contact us.
Does the school pay a deposit?
A 30% non-refundable deposit or $50 (whichever is greater) is required to book a school program. The deposit must be received by Ecological Classroom Outdoors within two weeks of booking in order to secure your date on the calendar. If you are booking a program on shorter notice on your school property, the entire amount is due at time of booking. A cancellation fee equal to the non-refundable deposit amount will be applied to all groups requesting cancellation for reasons other than inclement weather. All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations made two weeks or more before the scheduled program date will receive a refund of collected monies minus the cancellation fee. No-shows and cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the program date will forfeit their refund.
Field experiences cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled. If the dates available are not suitable for your group, your deposit will be refunded.
How does the school pay for the program?
Schools will receive a digital invoice and have the option of paying with a check made out to Ecological Classroom Outdoors. Camps may be reserved using a credit card via the PayPal option on our website.