The Domes are a pillar to the education of Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. The FOD Education Program's goal is to provide powerful experiences to our visitors and members with the use of this deeply unique and globally diverse facility. We look forward to welcoming members of our plant-loving community to the Domes and other venues across the greater Milwaukee area for fun-filled field trips and workshops.
Keep posted on upcoming events: here on our website, on our calendar, on social media, or become a member and receive our emails and member discounts on course admissions.
For more information about refunds or about our workshops, contact the Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Educator-Led Field Trip Information: Schools, Scouts, Youth, After School, Homeschool, Camps, and any other group of children attending Educator-led Programming
Thank you for choosing the Mitchell Park Domes as your field trip destination! Our unique facility allows children to explore the rainforest, desert, and mediterranean - all in one day!
Additional Information on Fee Structure:
Chaperone Numbers and Costs:
Chaperones include any and all adults attending with the group during the time of your field trip, including teachers, assistants, paraprofessionals, aides, school staff, parents, etc.
Groups must have one adult per every 10 students*. (for example, if you have 35 students, you must bring at least 3 adults that will follow the Chaperone Policy). These adults will receive free admission. The fee for each additional adult is $7.
*Groups with all students over the age of 14 may have one adult per every 15 students.
Groups with young students or students with accessibility or special needs are recommended to have additional chaperones, although it is not required.
The Dr. & Mrs. John Thomas Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of the Thomas's with the intention of underwriting field trips for schools in need of financial assistance. Any schools that are interested in visiting the Domes for an educational program, but lack funding, are encouraged to apply to this fund for assistance. The fund generally funds 50% of the cost of a field trip.
If you are interested in applying for a partial or full scholarship, please indicate this on the Field Trip Request Form. We will contact you with more information.
An online field trip request form is required to request a program. Please fill out this form before calling or emailing, as this is best for keeping all of our groups organized.
All Other Groups: Click Here for our Group Field Trip Request Form
*These forms have been available starting June 1st for the 2020-2021 School Year This form will be emailed to the Education Director. To contact Erica directly, please email email@example.com.
*We have two separate forms as some questions are slightly different between schools and other groups.
In this form you will need:
A Google login to access the Google Form
Group information: Contact information, student information,
Programming requests: Experience selection, learning objectives
Scheduling Information: Preferred times and dates
Check for understanding: understanding the information provided
Busy Times at the Domes:
Field trips are scheduled during times that the Domes are open to the public. Please keep in mind when scheduling your trip that afternoons, especially in winter, are typically busier.
For a full calendar of events, please visit https://milwaukeedomes.org/events-calendar
*Please note when the Show Dome is closed.
Our programming for the 2020-2021 school year is currently being developed!
The current program categories are listed below. You will choose a category, then we will send options for more specific programming to fit your groups’ learning objectives!
The Mitchell Park Domes is unable to accommodate onsite lunch or a lunch area for groups. We recommend that your field trip is scheduled in a way that allows you to eat lunch at school or elsewhere. On a nice day, there is space to eat outside.
The Domes offers free parking. Buses may pull to the front roundabout for drop off.
Location and Hours:
Mitchell Park Domes
524 Layton Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215
The Domes are open 9:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays and 9:00AM to 4:00PM on weekends and holidays.
Because the Domes are open to the public, it is beneficial to plan your field trip during less busy times at the Domes. The morning is the best time to visit the Domes with a group as well as when the Show Dome is closed. The busiest times at the Domes are during the winter, especially in the afternoon.
Gift Shop and Vending Machines:
Please discuss with your students prior to your trip if they will be permitted to visit the gift shop or vending machines. No more than 5 students may enter the gift shop at a time and must be accompanied by an adult.
Mitchell Park Exploration:
Is there more to do in Mitchell Park? Absolutely! Mitchell Park includes 61 acres for outdoor activities, walking paths, a pond, and playground. Seems like a great place for some Capture the Flag before you head back to school!
Additional Contact Information:
For more information, please contact Erica Putman, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org