Our field trip programs are grounded in interdisciplinary outdoor science, connected directly to academic standards and best practices. Each program is custom-built to the age, grade, and subject area of the visiting group, and is taught by our experienced team of teacher-naturalists. We offer field trips to the Center and select off-site locations year-round. Our most popular program options include:
We are now offering 1-hr virtual lessons for K-5 classes and youth organizations. Each program is custom-built to the age and grade of the group, and is taught by our experienced team of teacher-naturalists. Lessons include live instruction, hands-on journaling activities, student-discussion, and outside activities (dependent on lesson). Current offerings include Pond Ecology, Tree-mendous Trees, and Animal Adaptations.
For more program options and information on pricing and schedule availability, please email our school program coordinator, Alina Garner, or call 406-294-5099
As our largest and longest-running program, ANTS provides year-long, field-trip-based programming to elementary school students in Billings and the surrounding area. In the 2019-2020 school year, more than 80 individual classes are enrolled, including every 4th-grade class in Billings Public Schools as well as classes from nine other districts. Grade-specific and standards-aligned, ANTS is an interdisciplinary science and Indian Education for All program, combining content and pedagogical approach in a way that is responsive to land and culture. Most of our ANTS classrooms are 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. The program has been featured at a number of professional conferences in Montana and the region as a model of connecting classrooms with nature.
Learn more about the ANTS 4th Grade Program here
Learn more about the ANTS 5th Grade Program here
For inquiries about the ANTS program, please email our school program coordinator, Alina Garner, or call 406-294-5099
*Due to new regulations some schools are facing with COVID-19, we are offering alternative ANTS models for classes with field trip and visitor restrictions. Please contact Alina Garner for more information.