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Field Trips

Excited children run through the snow down the trail during a program at the Campbell Creek Science Center.

Immerse your students in a nature-based field trip at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center's outdoor classroom, complete with quiet forest and rippling creek!  

Field trips give K-12 students hands-on, minds-on experiences with science and the natural world. Environmental education increases student achievement in science, mathematics, and reading. It also improves student motivation, lifelong learning skills, career preparation, and attitudes of respect and responsibility.  

The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center's field trips combine outdoor experiences with state and national education standards.  

Our science educators are experienced outdoor leaders. They are trained in inclusive education techniques that ensure all students are fully immersed in learning and growing together. 

Plan Your Field Trip: 

  • We offer half-day (up to 3 hours), full day (up to 6 hours), and multi-day programs. See program offerings in the following section.  

  • Review prices, policies, and best practices in the Campbell Creek Science Center Field Trip Guide

Ready to schedule your outdoor field trip program? Contact us at sciencecenter@blm.gov.

Preschool

Preschool

Our educators have experience working with learners of all ages. We can customize many of our standard field trips to meet learning levels and program lengths best suited for young audiences.  All programs provide hands-on nature exploration, scientific inquiry, and guided play. Program themes include learning about dinosaurs, insects, animals, senses, and more. Contact us to set up your preschool program. 

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Sensational Senses  
Seasons offered: All

Come see, listen, smell, and feel how scientists observe the world around them! In this program, student scientists practice using their senses and discover how tools, such as magnifying glasses, binoculars and thermometers, can enhance their senses.

A Seed’s Journey
Seasons offered: Fall, Spring

Grow your understanding of Alaska’s plants! Through games, skits, seed planting, and a seed collection walk, students learn about the basic parts, needs, and life cycles of plants.

Alaska Animals
Seasons offered: All

What animals are found in Alaska? Where do they live? How do they survive? Games, hands-on activities, and natural items immerse learners in the diverse habitats of Alaska animals. Students investigate animal evidence and learn about adaptations that help animals survive.

Salmon Stories
Seasons offered: All

Learn about animal adaptations through one of Alaska’s star species: salmon! In this engaging, hands-on program students role play the story of the salmon life cycle, investigate fish characteristics and adaptations, and discover how salmon are connected to other living things in their habitat.

Forest Explorers
Seasons offered: Fall, Spring

Calling all forest explorers! In this program students discover the diversity of tree species in Alaska and analyze the important role of trees in ecosystems. They investigate the parts of trees and learn how their life cycles are affected by seasons, climate, and other factors.

4th through 6th Grade

4th through 6th Grade

Watershed Wonders
Seasons offered: Fall, Spring

Grab your boots and go with the flow to experience the dynamic Campbell Creek watershed! In this inquiry-based program, students learn about the interconnectedness of rivers, wetlands, and the ocean. They observe how moving water shapes the landscape and investigate aquatic and riparian habitats. They conduct chemical and physical water quality tests and identify various aquatic macroinvertebrates to evaluate the health of the creek.

Dynamic Earth
Seasons offered: All

Discover how water and ice change Alaska over time! In this program students learn how glaciers form and shape the landscape. Students model erosion using a stream table and hike along Campbell Creek to observe erosion in action.

Earth Ranger Academy
Seasons offered: All

Join the Earth Ranger Academy for a multi-day immersion in ecosystem science and exploration! Students spend three days at the Science Center learning about ecological principles, exploring the outdoors, and collecting and analyzing scientific data. Team building and outdoor skills sessions are also woven into the program to help students gain confidence and excitement about learning outdoors.

Team Building
Seasons offered: All

What makes a great team? Come learn the fundamentals of effective, student-led teamwork in the supportive environment of the Campbell Creek Science Center. Experiential activities get participants moving, cooperating, communicating, trusting, and problem-solving in positive ways. This program can help jumpstart collaboration at the beginning of the school year or build camaraderie throughout the year.

Outdoor Survival Skills
Seasons offered: All

What does it take to survive in the sub-arctic environment of Alaska? How should we prepare to spend time outdoors? What can we do to stay alive when things go wrong? Through hands-on experience with fire starting, shelter building, orienteering, and other skills, students learn techniques to stay warm, healthy, and secure in the outdoors.

Service Learning Experiences
Seasons offered: All
 
Experience the act of stewardship with service learning projects. Assist CCSC with a citizen science project (e.g., tree inventory, wildberry studies, stream assessments), learn to use programs like eBird to complement your student’s understanding of how scientists use and collect data, study native plants with CCSC’s native gardens, and more. Call us for more information on how to incorporate service learning into your field trip.

Middle and High School

Middle and High School

Learning continues at all ages. Make the classroom relevant to the career world with a program at CCSC. Our skilled educators can adapt standard programs and build a custom program for your teen, high school, and college students. Explore natural resources career options, develop outdoor leadership skills, practice stewardship, and put STEM education into practice. Call us to set up a program for your students. 

Scout, 4-H and After School Programs

Scout, 4-H and After School Programs

Continue the learning experience outside the traditional school day. We offer field trips on afternoons, evenings, and weekends for Scout, 4-H, and other after school and extracurricular groups. Choose from our standard programs on topics such as natural resources, science, team building, and outdoor skills, or work with us to build a custom program that meets the goals of your program, badge, or project you are working on.

Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Programs

We offer field trips for homeschoolers, mixed-grade groups, and families. Choose from the listed program topics in the grade levels above or work with us to request a program that will meet your group’s objectives or learning goals.