School Field Trip Programs

Lindsay is proud to continue its new lineup of field trip programs for 2019- 2020! We went straight to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for each grade level and designed new programs to satisfy specific learning objectives. The programs are described in the table below and organized by grade level.

Please check back in late July for the release of our Fall 2019-2020 field trip availability.

We do not offer guided field trips during the summer.

If your class would like to visit during the summer of 2019,
please consider scheduling an unguided group admission and VIPeek Encounter.

AVAILABILITY: Tuesday through Friday, from September to May

Note: For groups wishing to book an experience over the summer (June to August), please consider a V.I.Peek Encounter.

START TIME: 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.        DURATION: 80 minutes

GROUP SIZE: 60 students maximum (2 classes of 30 students each)

COST: $220 per 30 students (1 class)

FORMAT: Small groups of 15 or fewer students visit multiple dynamic stations


Please contact our Education Registrar at [email protected] if you have any questions.


NGSS Field Trip Programs

Multiple stations of sensory engagement, outdoor exploration, exhibit hall study, and animal encounters!

Preschool & Transitional K

Animal Explorers

Young explorers are introduced to animals. Preschoolers will engage in sensory-motor experiences as they meet animals.



NGSS: While standards are not required at this level, our young scientists will engage in science and engineering practices backed by NGSS methods.


Senses of Survival

Discover the patterns in plant and animal survival through sight, sound, smell, and touch. As we act out animal movements and see what it takes to live in nature, we’ll seek out the ways humans can lend a helping hand to protect wildlife in our own backyards.


NGSS: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and living things in the local environment. Fulfills elements of NGSS: K-LS1-1 and K-ESS3-3.

Grade 1

Animal Characteristics

Animals and plants use their external parts to survive, grow and meet their needs. Let’s explore the structure and function of organisms’ parts! We’ll touch specimens such as a tortoise shell, animal fur, and bird feathers. Plus, we’ll explore outside for evidence of animal and plant survival.


NGSS: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways: seeing, hearing, grasping, protecting, moving, and acquiring resources for survival. Plants also have different parts that help them survive and grow. Animals and plants respond to inputs from the environment with behaviors that help them survive.  Fulfills elements of NGSS: 1-LS1-1 and 1-LS1-2

Grade 2

Diversity & Habitats

Students will explore the diversity of plants and animals of four distinct, local habitats: deserts, wetlands/grasslands, rocky outcrops, and oak woodlands. In fact, we’ll explore a small oak woodland just outside of Lindsay Wildlife!


NGSS: Students will make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Fulfills elements of NGSS: 2-LS4-1.

Grade 3

Exploring Biological Adaptation: Live!

This program investigates ways in which animals’ inheritable physical structures or behaviors may improve their chance for survival and reproduction when environmental and habitat changes occur. Activities include testing different bird beaks for a variety of food items and “hunting” toy mice that are hiding in our outdoor habitat.

NGSS: Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.  Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.  Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Fulfills elements of NGSS: 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS4-4.

Grade 4

California Creature Trekkers

Students will create and use mapping tools to experience how physical geography and human habitat changes are influencing ecosystems and animal survival. We will practice orienteering with a compass, use satellite maps to analyze habitats, and meet animals that interact with these places.


NGSS:  Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Fulfills elements of NGSS: 4-ESS2-2.

Grade 5

Ecosystem Energy Flow

Through inquiry and activities, we will understand how energy flows through an ecosystem and the important roles played by producers, primary and secondary consumers, and decomposers. From the sun and plants outside to our worm composting bins, the students will experience many levels of ecosystem energy transfer.


NGSS: Energy in animal food was once energy from the sun. Describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

Fulfills elements of NGSS: 5-PS3-1 and 5-LS2-1.

Grade 6-College

V.I.Peek Encounters

For field trip programs that are grade 6 or above please consider one of our V.I.Peek Encounters located here.