Bring your students to Bookworm Gardens for a nature-based field trip experience like no other. Field trips are hands-on, age appropriate, and learner-based, and they incorporate both literature and the Gardens. Programs related to topics such as seasonal changes and exploration, the senses, literacy and poetry, composting, weather, the trees in the garden, and seeds and leaves take place at the Gardens May - October of each year in the mornings (AM) and afternoons (PM).
Summer 2017 - Full (wait list form here)
Fall 2017 - Limited PM Availability
Spring 2018 – Limited PM Availability
Mark your calendars for January 1, 2018 - the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 calendars will open up at that time.
Please email Cate Bayles, Education Manager, at email@example.com with questions.
Step One: Review Field Trip Guidelines
Field trips and student programs are required for groups of 10 or more that register in advance through our Field Trip Request Form (see below).
Field trip programs are typically 1.5 - 2 hours in length and can accommodate 10 - 250 learners. Field trip groups will not reach every area of the Gardens during their visit. With over 70 garden environments at Bookworm, every field trip experience looks a little different and is tailored to meet the needs of your group. Special requests can be made via the Field Trip Request Form.
Field trips take place early May through mid-October and are scheduled in either the morning or the afternoon. We're rain or shine - so be sure to dress for the weather! Bug spray, sun-sunscreen, hats, and ponchos are recommended.
Cost per student is $4.00, and there is no charge for teachers, school staff, or parent chaperones essential for travel. A limited number of scholarships are available. Teachers should communicate to parents that adults who are not chaperones and siblings cannot attend field trips. Please see below for recommended chaperone numbers:
10 students - 2 adults (including teachers)
10 to 30 students - 4 adults
30 to 40 students - 5 adults
40 to 60 students - 6 adults
60 to 100 students - 6 to 12 adults
100 to 200 students - 10 to 20 adults
200 to 250 students - 20 to 30 adults
Groups may choose to add 1/2 hour to their reservation in order to eat a picnic lunch on the grounds. Picnic locations are chosen by Bookworm Gardens' staff members and are outdoors. Your designated picnic location may not be shaded and may be located on grass. Groups need to bring their own trash bags and remove all their lunch trash when they leave. There is a $25 disposal fee for trash left in the Gardens.
Non-traditional Groups (grandparent and grandchild experiences, homeschool groups) are $4.00 per person. Please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and indicate that you are a non-traditional group.
We offer a limited number of programs for Scout Troops and Afterschool Programs. These experiences are typically 1.5 hours in length and occur between 4 - 5:30 PM. Please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and indicate that you are a scout troop.
Non-family groups of ten or more without a reservation and program may not visit Bookworm Gardens on their own. This is to ensure that the Gardens are protected.
Step Two: Gather Your Information
In order to fill out the Field Trip Request Form you will need to know approximately how many students you would like to bring to the Gardens, what the ages of your students will be, what time of year you would like to book your field trip for, and whether you prefer a morning or afternoon field trip.
Step Three: Fill Out the Field Trip Request Form (available January 1, 2017)
Step Four: Confirm Reservation with Cate Bayles, Education Manager
Once we receive your request, we will contact you within five school days to verify availability and create a group reservation. If we are unable to accommodate your request, we will contact you to discuss alternatives for your group. Please note that pre-registration for field trips is required.
Step Five: Review Trip Logistics
An invoice will be sent to your email 2-3 months prior to your experience. Cost is $4.00 per student.
Final numbers must be confirmed 14 days in advance of your field trip experience. Please email Cate Bayles with any changes to your reservation. It is vital to Bookworm Gardens to get an accurate count so we can adequately staff your field trip and provide you with the best possible experience. In the case of a significant number decrease within two weeks of your field trip Bookworm Gardens reserves the right to charge the original amount invoiced.
Step Six: Day of Preparations
A pre-visit packet will be sent to your email 2-3 months prior to your experience. This packet will include suggested activities to prepare for the field trip, our list of Gardens Guidelines, an optional letter for parents, and the full list of books that inspired the Gardens.
Remember that we're rain or shine! In the case of severe weather, Education Manager, Cate Bayles will be in touch to discuss options. Don't forget rain gear, ponchos, bug spray and sunscreen!
Before leaving your school, please review the Gardens Guidelines with students and parent chaperones. Parents and staff attending field trips as designated chaperones should expect to actively engage in the learning process and should plan to pocket their cell phones and electronic devices during the field trip.
Please plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of your scheduled field trip experience. Buses should park in the designated lot, but may drop-off or pick-up at the front gate. If your field trip guide is not there to greet you, please have one person check-in with the gift shop attendant in the Hansel and Gretel Learning Cottage before unloading your bus.
Groups must remain with their assigned Bookworm field trip guide throughout their experience. Due to increased visitation to the Gardens, field trip groups may not explore the Gardens before or after their field trip on their own.
Restrooms and paths are handicap accessible; however, please note that the restroom capacity is limited. Large groups, please plan to take children out a few at a time to use the restrooms.
Have you ever wanted to design your own garden at Bookworm? Wisconsin classrooms (Preschool - 5th grade) told us about a book they read and, in their own words, why it should be selected to be created into a temporary garden in 2017
2017 Classroom Winner:
- Book - Drum Dream Girl, The Prairie School, First Grade
2017 Runners Up:
- Montessori Children's House
- Kolste Family Homeschool
May 2017 - Garden Installation
May 27, 11 AM - Participant Celebration
May to October - Winning Garden on Display
August 2017 - Contest Guidelines Announced
August 2017 to February 2018 - Contest Open
March 1, 2018 - Entries Due
Interested in being put on the email list for the 2017/2018 school year contest? Click here.
Readers Roundup is funded by the John M. Kohler Foundation. Questions can be sent to Cate Bayles, Education Manager.