Natural Resources Field Trip

Attention Schools!

Registration is open now for all 4th and 5th Grade Classrooms to the Natural Resource Field Trip where youth can engage in environmental education in a natural, outdoor setting. (Scroll to the end of this post for Instructor Info)

When: April 29 - May 3, 2019

Where:  Bunker Hills Regional Park, Andover

How: Visit our informational flyer (PDF) to register online or mail us your registration by filling out the provided registration form: 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover, MN 55304. Email Kim Ferguson or call at 763-324-3495 with registration questions. More registration details provided below. Registration deadline is February 15.

Field Trip Objectives

  • Provides a fun environmental experience in a natural, outdoor setting.
  • Includes information about Minnesota habitat and wildlife at different stations out in nature.
  • Educational topics may include: birds, honey bees, animals, plants, trees, recycling, fish families, reptiles, animal skulls and skeletons, wildlife control and more.
  • If time allows, classes may participate in up to 12 stations.

Schedule For the Day 

  • Schools arrive at the site by 9:45 a.m. If your school plans to be late, please notify our office ahead of time.
  • Each class will be assigned to a teaching station located in the park.
  • Every 20 minutes, classes will rotate to a different station with a half-hour lunch break at noon. Students must plan to carry their lunch with them.
  • There is no guarantee that your class will be able to visit each station.
  • The last session ends at 2:30 p.m. Note: Your school may leave at whatever time necessary, so that the buses arrive back at your school on time.
  • Schools will receive more information prior to field trip dates.

Registration Details

  • The Natural Resources Field Trip fills quickly. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Send in a registration form or register for NRF online.
  • Please plan to have one or two adults, in addition to the teacher, to accompany each class while participating in the field trip. (For classrooms of 25 or more, please contact the 4-H office at the point of registration to organize smaller station sizes.)
  • Field trip operates rain or shine. Please have students dress accordingly as it can be wet and/or cold.
  • Cost - $3.50 per student.
  • If your school finds that it must cancel the day which it has registered, please contact our office as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before the scheduled date.
  • Field trip is held at Bunker Hills Regional Park Campground located at Highway 242 and Foley Boulevard, Coon Rapids. The oak forest, prairies and wetlands provide homes for a diverse group of birds, mammals and reptiles. Friday of the field trip will be held at the park’s pavilions.
  • For more information or if disability accommodations are needed, please call the Anoka County Extension Office at 763-324-3495.

Attentions Instructors!

Save the date! We invite you/your organization to be an instructor at the 2019 Natural Resources Field Trip! View our informational brochure for more details.  Our event is set to run April 29 - May 3, 2019. Follow this link to fill out an interest form. Instructors will receive a $60 honorarium and lunch.

Field Trip parameters:

  • 4th and 5th graders
  • We will have approximately 12 teaching stations and one instructor at each station to 15-30 kids
  • Stations change every 20 minutes, teaching time is 15 to 17 minutes
  • We request that lessons involve a hands-on activity, visuals, and/or participation
  • The day will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with actual teaching time being from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you are interested in being an instructor for our field trip, telephone or email Kim Ferguson 763-324-3495 or email Kim Ferguson to be added to our call list.

The Natural Resources Field Trip is coordinated by Anoka County 4-H and funded by an Anoka County Ag Preserves Grant and student fees. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jy Xiong, 4-H Program Coordinator, or email Kim Ferguson, Support Staff, or call 763-324-3495.