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.

For self-guided tours (youth or adults) or group admission call (414) 257-5600.

We offer two field trip options:

For self-guided tours (youth or adults) or group admission call The Domes at (414) 257-5600.

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.

More about In-Person Field Trips
Coloring Book

All youth participating in the in-person field trips receive a 24-page Domes coloring and activity booklet.

Virtual Field Trips

(either live or on-demand)

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.

More about Virtual Field Trips

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.

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:

Field Trip Add-Ons
In addition to the wonderful experience that we will provide your group, there are several opportunities to keep the learning going. Current field trip add-ons include: 1) Starter plants for each child; 2) Post-trip activities and learning.

If you have additional questions, contact the Education Director.

Thank You to Our Field Trip Sponsor

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