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Field Trips & Service Learning

Explore the many paths of learning at Woodlands Trail! Woodlands Conservancy offers a variety of field trips designed for K-12 students as well as a year long “Seeds to Saplings” service learning program that involves 4th grade students in hands on forest restoration as they learn how their community and their environment are interconnected.  All environmental programs incorporate grade level benchmarks and can be customized.  Home schoolers, scouts, and other groups are also welcome!



For more information on field trips or service learning please see our listings below, fill out the field trip request form, and/or contact our program manager at 504-433-4000 or




Seeds to Saplings Service Learning Program:



The Seeds to Saplings Service Learning program is an environmental education partnership that provides 4th grade students with a series of six lessons focused on teaching them about their watershed, forested wetlands, impacts to the environment from hurricanes, invasive species, and human behavior, and what they can do to make a difference.  Students grow their own native seeds, plant seedlings in restoration areas, and share what they have learned with other students and their community.





To find our how your school can participate in the Seeds to Saplings project, contact Woodlands Conservancy at 504.433.4000 to discuss potential opportunities for your classroom.














Field Trips:



Field trips are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are also happy to work with a teacher to customize a lesson for a specific topic or grade level. For more information or to request a field trip please fill out the form below and contact our program manager at 504-433-4000 or



Field Trip Request Form




Interpretive Hike

Students will learn about the environmental, military, and cultural history of Woodlands Trail. Guides will point out hurricane damage and discuss the importance of this area as a buffer during natural phenomena.  Guides will also discuss the flora and fauna of the trail and continuing habitat restoration efforts.  The trip can focus on aspects such as ecosystem interactions, species identification, benefits of the forest etc. to align with the students’ curriculum.



Birds of the Forest

Students will learn about the bird species that utilize the Woodlands forest throughout the year and those that visit during spring and/or fall migration.  Discussion will include characteristics of the habitat that birds depend on for survival.  A bird banding demonstration will include the opportunity for students to see birds up close and learn about the research being conducted at the Woodlands Conservancy Bird Observatory.  Best for smaller groups.




What is a watershed? How does pollution move through a watershed? What can we do to reduce the effects of pollution? Using an interactive model landscape, students will discover answers to these questions and brainstorm practices that people can adopt in their communities.  Students will explore the function of wetlands to reduce the entry of pollution into our waterways.  This can be done as a field trip at Woodlands Trail or in the classroom.



Water Quality Testing

Students will test our canals at different locations to determine temperature, pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. Students will then learn about the importance of each of these parameters to our local wildlife.  The Water Quality Testing field trip can be done in combination with the Enviroscape model to discuss how sources of pollution in the community impact local the health of our waterways.  The Water Quality Testing field trip is subject to an additional fee to cover costs of testing supplies.