Field Study Trips
FROM CLASSROOM TO FOREST
A field study trip is the best way to reinforce the concepts presented to students in the classroom. It is also key in exposing them to the natural world, in particular the Mountains to Sound Greenway, the "forest in our backyard." And for many students, our field trips are the first time they have ever walked in a Northwest forest.
What to Bring on a Mountains to Sound field study trip
Mountains to Sound Greenway Field Study Trips take place rain or shine. (Please note what to do in case of severe weather conditions.) Please prepare your students for the possibility of inclement weather conditions by making sure they wear or bring the following items to Tiger Mountain:
- Rain gear
- Boots or other sturdy shoes that students don't mind getting wet and muddy
- Warm clothing (sweater, thick socks, hat, gloves)
- Drinking water (there is no running water on site)
- Snacks and sack lunches
- Small backpack
What not to bring
- iPods, cell phones or any other electronic devices
- Every class should bring four adult chaperones in addition to the teacher. They will play an active role in facilitating a small group to work together.
- There are only two pit toilets at Tiger Mountain, one each for boys and girls. In order to make sure we start our activities on time, and still give students an opportunity to use the facilities, please make every effort to arrive on schedule.
- Please bring only one class at a time to a field experience.
- Greenway staff will be there to provide engaging educational activities; we expect that you will participate in disciplining your students as necessary.
- Plan to leave all cell phones at school / home or turn them off while on the trip. Ringing phones disrupt the students' experience in the natural environment.
- Your Greenway leader will have a cell phone for emergencies.
Transportation to the Field Trip
Teachers arrange bus transportation for their classes. If you have signed up for bus transportation reimbursement, set up the bus transportation and pay the bill. Send the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust a copy of the bill, or bring it with you to your field experience, and we will reimburse the payee up to $100/bus.
If you are participating in thefree bus program, follow the King County Program's specifications. Wheels to Water is a free bus program, provided by King County and Metro Transit, which connects students with water quality field trips. Buses are available for selected program sites which focus on wastewater treatment, water quality, and human influence on environmental health.
Parent chaperones are an important part of making this field trip successful for the students. You will be asked to take an active role when you arrive. The class will be broken into small groups and each chaperone will assist the students as they work on defined tasks. You will receive necessary directions and materials.
Extending Your Field Experience
Your Greenway staff-led field experience will take place in the morning, usually at 10:00 am. If you wish to extend your field experience into the afternoon, we suggest you use a Tiger Mountain trail map, available from. Many trails are relatively flat, easy and under one mile. Greenway staff is only available to stay with your group in the morning, however, so any extension will be independent.