Environmental Education Programming
Our field trips are offered in a variety of outdoor learning spaces and are open to schools, scout groups, home-school groups, community organizations and more. Field trips are approximately 1.5 hours long, weather dependent, and led by knowledgeable Gabis Arboretum Docents.
Guided tours and hikes must be scheduled one month in advance. A minimum of 10 people required. A maximum of 125 participants allowed. Larger groups will be divided into 25 people per group.
Teachers, scout leaders and group leaders are FREE! Fees are $4 per children and $5 per adult.
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Field Trip Options
Woodland, Wetland and Prairie Hike
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 5 senses, and listen to creatures that roam during the night.
Only available on weeknights. Hikes are 45 minutes long and start between 5 pm and 8 pm, sunset dependent. A maximum of 25 people allowed; a minimum of 15. Groups must be chaperoned by at least two adults. Cost is a $4 per student and $5 per adult. Offered to grades 3-12. 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
Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden Tour
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 where trains continually run through nine historical vignettes from the early steam era in U.S. history, including President Lincoln’s funeral, prairie towns, limestone quarries and the Civil War.
Offered to grades K-12. Indiana Education Standards: Middle and High School History