Kid Field Trips

Take advantage of a variety of our outdoor learning spaces! Gabis field trips are available to schools, scouts, home-school groups, community organizations and more.


  • Field trips are approximately 90 minutes long and led by knowledgeable Gabis Arboretum docents.
  • Cost: $4 per student/$5 per adult
  • Teachers, scout leaders and group leaders are free.
  • Field trips must be scheduled one month in advance. A minimum of 10 people and maximum of 125 participants allowed. Larger groups will be divided into 25 people per group.

See Field Trip Guidelines

Field Trip Options

Join a naturalist at Gabis Arboretum and hike through these three ecosystems. We will compare and contrast the nonliving parts of the environment and how they influence our living organisms.

We will observe the differences in temperatures, sunlight and moisture then understand the plants and animals that thrive in these conditions. Students will also explore how these organisms interact with each other to form these unique ecosystems.

K.LS.1; K.LS.2; K.LS.3; K.ESSS.2; 1.LS.1; 1.LS.4; 2.LS.2; 2.LS.3; 3.LS.1; 3.LS.2; 3.LS.3; 4.LS.2; 5.LS.2

These hikes are a great way to see how nature behaves, or not, at night. Nocturnal wildlife is elusive, but under the right circumstances it is possible to catch a glimpse into a world we would otherwise never know exists.

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals, explore the five senses and listen to creatures that roam during the night.

Only available on weeknights. Hikes are 45 minutes long and start between 5 to 8 p.m., sunset dependent.

Offered to grades 3-12. A maximum of 25 people are allowed, with a minimum of 15. Groups must be chaperoned by at least two adults. Cost is a $4 per student and $5 per adult.

Indiana Science Standards: 4.3.2, 4.3.4, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.3.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.8

The Railway Garden is an outdoor G-scale (garden-scale) model railway garden that offers learning experiences in horticulture and history. The garden features 750 tons of limestone crafted into mountains, valleys and tunnels that support seven unique rail tracks.

Trains wind through prairie towns and limestone quarries, enlivening nine historical vignettes depicting scenes from the United States’ early steam era, including President Lincoln’s funeral. The vignettes also show the role of the railway in the Civil War and present the beginning days of the modern urban rail yard.

Offered to grades K-12.

Indiana Education Standards: k.1.1, 1.1.1, 2.4.2, 3.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.12, 4.1.15, and various middle school and high school social studies standards.