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Outdoor Classroom – Field Trips

Bring your class or group to the Cibolo Nature Center or Herff Farm for a hands-on learning adventure to remember!

The Cibolo offers Outdoor Classroom Field Trips for grades K-12 with customized TEKS-aligned lessons that encourage students to discover principles of science and nature in our hill country ecosystems and gardens..

To register or learn more about our Field Trips and Outdoor Learning programs or to create a customized group program for your group:

Please contact laurie@cibolo.org or call (830) 249-4616.

COST:

$7 per participant (includes adults and children age 3 and up)
Note: A minimum of 10 program participants is required.

CLASS SIZE:

Limited to a small number of participants per day. COVID-19 safety requirements are in place, and masks or face coverings on participants ages ten and up within six feet of one another are required by state mandate. To learn more about our safety requirements, please review our practices here.

Outdoor Classroom Field Trips

The Cibolo offers a variety of educational opportunities for grades K-12 or for homeschool groups with customized outdoor hands-on learning. Through TEKS-aligned lessons immersed in the natural beauty of our campuses, students can experience deep connection to nature while also applying classroom learning in our many ecosystems. Picnic tables, water fountains, and restrooms are available, and groups can bring lunch to eat. 

All of our field trips can be virtual or on-site and can be customized to suit your needs to include:  

  • Nature hikes to explore our ecosystems and gardens.
  • Activities that integrate science, reading, writing, math and art 
  • Citizen science such as: monarchs, water quality testing, insect surveys 
  • Service-learning opportunities such as: invasive species removal, garden projects, trail maintenance 
  • Outdoor recreation such as archery and fishing 
  • Youth leadership and team-building activities  
  • Virtual pre-visit preparation and post-visit follow-up by Cibolo educators 

You may register for field trips on either one of our two campuses:  

Cibolo Nature Center

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Activities can take place in the Tall Grass Prairie, Riparian Forest, Spring-Fed Marsh or Live Oak Savannah.  

Possible topics include: Life cycles, earth science, adaptations, conservation principles, scientific investigation, biodiversity, habitats, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, water cycle, water quality, watersheds, invertebrates, pollution, soil, and orienteering. 

Herff Farm

33 Herff Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Activities can take place in the Teaching Garden, the Chicken Schoolyard, the Inspiration Garden, the Oak Motte, the Monarch Meadow, and the Historic Barn and Herff Homestead.   

Possible topics include: chicken care, plant and soil biology, gardening, composting with worms, sustainable living, life cycles, and food systems.

More Information

What grades do your field trips serve?

Grades K-12. We can create standard or customized field trips for students.

How do I schedule my field trip?

Please contact us at nature@cibolo.org or call (830) 249-4616.

How much does it cost?

Outdoor Classroom field trips cost $6.00 per student and chaperone; teachers are free. The Cibolo offers full and partial scholarships to Title I schools.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please contact us at: nature@cibolo.org or call (830) 249-4616.

Do you offer accommodations for my special needs students?

Yes, we do. Please reach out to Laurie Brown, our Director of Outdoor Learning at laurie@cibolo.org to discuss your students’ needs to ensure they have an optimal experience.