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
Mountains to Sound Greenway Field Study Trips take place rain or shine (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 in their backpack:
- 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 may not be running water on site)
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.
- Greenway staff will be there to provide engaging educational activities; we expect that you will participate in disciplining your students as necessary.
- There will be a bathroom facility on site.
- Plan to turn your cell phone on silent or vibrate while on the trip. Ringing phones disrupt the students' experience in the natural environment.
- Your Greenway leader will also have a cell phone for emergencies.
Transportation to the Field Trip
Teachers arrange bus transportation for their classes. If your school has a free/reduced lunch rate of at least 25% you are eligible for one free King County Wheels to Water bus. If your free/reduced lunch percent is greater than 50% you are eligible for two Wheels to Water buses. We have a limited number of buses and they are reserved on a first come basis. Please follow the link below and register three weeks before your field trip. Contact Becca Kedenburg if you are interested in this wonderful service so you can get on our 'good to go' list.
If you are participating in the free 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 that focus on wastewater treatment, water quality, and human influence on environmental health.
Find the address and driving directions for your field trip site here.
Parent chaperones are an important part of making this field trip successful for the students. They will be asked to take an active role when they arrive. The class will be divided into small groups and each chaperone will assist the students as they work on defined tasks. The Greenway educator will give them 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. 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.