Let your students' family know about your scheduled field trip visit and recruit chaperones with our Call for Chaperones letter. Once you have your list of chaperones, let them know what to expect on the field trip with the official Refuge Chaperone Welcome Letter.
Prepare Your StudentsMost refuge curriculum activities include multiple pre-visit field trip suggestions. Providing students with an introduction to the main concepts highlighted during a field trip experience helps them get the most out of their time on the refuge. Many pre-activities have been selected from the Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree curricula with permission from coordinators at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Materials associated with these lessons, should you need them, are available for loan.Read a Good Book!Select a title (or two or three…) from the Literature Connections listed with your field trip curriculum. These titles are chosen based on their relevance to the activity concepts and grade level appropriateness. Literature Connections are available for loan through the Minnesota Valley Resource Library located in the Bloomington Visitor Center or the library outlet at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center. If you are interested in learning more about the field trip topic yourself, refer to the Teacher Resource titles listed on the back of the first page of each curriculum activity. These titles are also available for you to borrow from the refuge.Get to Know Your RefugeChances are that at first your students will know very little about National Wildlife Refuges, including the one right in their own backyard! Make sure you are prepared for their questions. To see how much you may (or may not) know about Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge take this quiz.Come Dressed for SuccessWe recommend, no matter the weather, closed-toed and closed-heel shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and long pants in order to explore comfortably. Sunscreen and insect repellent, applied at home, may also be appropriate in late spring and early fall. Remember, nature exploration can get a bit messy as students frequently go off trail. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty.Know Our Weather PolicyRescheduling field trips due to weather is not necessary. Indoor options are available for each refuge curriculum activity. However, if you prefer, refuge staff will make every attempt to reschedule your group.
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