Don’t just learn about nature on your field trip, do your part to take care of it with these green field trip ideas.
- “Bus” or car pool. If traveling by school bus, encourage another class from your school to share the bus. We can accommodate more than one class at a time if you book early. If parents are coming in their own cars to chaperon or if they are bringing their children, encourage them to car pool too.
- Pack a green lunch. Many parents use single use plastic bags or prepackaged lunches. This is convenient, but expensive and not very green. Encourage parents to pack lunches in reusable containers and send drinks in reusable bottles. For a really “green” lunch, buy locally grown foods, use cloth napkins or a bandana. Make this a contest to see which student has the greenest lunch.
- Recycle everything that can be. We have bins for aluminum and plastic bottles at our pavilions and in the nature center. Packaging from many food items can be sent to TerraCycle. This company makes resalable items (backpacks, totes and much more) from certain food wrappers, and other “garbage”. Check out www.terracycle.net to learn more.