Youth 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.


  • At this time, all field trips are self-guided.
  • Cost: $25 per minibus (9 to 16 passengers)*/$45 per tour bus (17+ passengers)* Pay upon arrival.
  • Field trips must be scheduled one week in advance if over 50 people. A minimum of 10 people and maximum of 125 participants allowed. Larger groups are encouraged to be divided into 25 people per group.
  • To make a reservation, please email

See Field Trip Guidelines

Field Trip Options

This tour is self guided.

Visit 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

This tour is self guided.

Groups wanting to visit the Railway Garden can on Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation only. Please contact to make a reservation.

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.