Educator Guided Field Trips

This page includes information for groups attending educator-led programming at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), as well as information on virtual field trip options.

Our youth field trips are perfect for schools, scout groups, after-school programs, home school programs, child-care centers, nonprofits, and any group that serves youth and adolescents. The field trips are available in-person or virtually (both pre-recorded and live). All field trips are led by an interpretive educator and meet Wisconsin Academic Standards for Science and Health, Grades K-12th.

“My high school students are learning about becoming educators themselves one day. After hearing about The Domes in the news, my students felt strongly about visiting. The Friends of the Domes program did not disappoint. They were organized and punctual and full of fun information to engage my high schoolers. I personally enjoyed learning about the history of The Domes. I learn something new and make new discoveries every time I visit!” — School Field Trip Organizer

“My students absolutely LOVED Mr. Pete! He was so incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and engaging for my first graders. He made them laugh with silly hand motions while teaching them all about pollinators. They had a blast and many of them said it was one of their favorite field trips we took this year!” — School Field Trip Organizer

We offer two field trip options:

Self-Guided Field Trips

To schedule a self-guided tour (or groups visiting without our Domes’ Educators leading a program), call (414) 257-5600. There is a group rate and scavenger hunts available.

In-Person Field Trips

Nothing beats The Domes in terms of a unique and memorable field trip experience. Many of our current members have expressed that their love of plants and nature started many years ago when they took their first field trip to The Domes. Our field trips are led by Mr. Pete, an award-winning interpretive educator who will help the students learn valuable lessons in a fun and interactive atmosphere.

Virtual Field Trips

Through our virtual field trips, your class or group will have the opportunity to travel virtually to The Domes. Our award-winning lead interpretive educator, Mr. Pete, with his seemingly never ending supply of props, songs, stories, and puppet pals, digs into a large variety of science topics.

For additional information and fees, click on the image of the type of field trip you are considering. Note that the Friends of the Domes works to ensure that all groups have access to these wonderful learning opportunities. Scholarships are available. Indicate your interest in a scholarship when completing the field trip interest forms.

Learn more:

If you have additional questions, contact the Education Director or call us at (414)257-5608.

Information About Chaperones

  • One chaperone required for each 10 children (35 children = 3 chaperones)
  • Chaperones include any and all adults attending with the group during the time of your field trip, including teachers, assistants, aides, parents, etc.
  • Groups with young students or students with accessibility or special needs are recommended to have additional chaperones, although it is not required.

Scholarship Information
Financial assistance is available. To inquire about a partial or full scholarship, complete the interest form for the field trip type that is of interest to you:

The Dr. & Mrs. John Thomas Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of the Thomas family. Any schools interested in a Domes field trip are encouraged to apply.

Other Important Information

  • Field trips must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
  • Final numbers and payment are required at least two weeks prior to the program start date.
  • A final head count and payment are due one week prior to the field trip.
  • Rescheduling the field trip due to extenuating circumstances is possible. No refunds given for cancellations within 5 days of the scheduled field trip.
  • Within five days of the field trip, no refunds will be provided for drops in attendance (for example, a drop from the “larger group” category to the “smaller group” category).
  • Refunds due to technical difficulties will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Scheduling a Field Trip
To get started, complete an interest form:

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Field Trip Add-Ons

My Trip to the Domes Coloring Book

  • A 25 page activity booklet can be added for each student for an additional $0.75 per student. 

Seed Starting Kit

  • These kits contain everything you need to grow a plant from seed at home or at school. $2.50 per student. 

If you have additional questions, contact the Education Director.

Thank you to our field trip sponsors:


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