To all teachers, parents, youth activity coordinators, and childcare facility owners––anyone who plans and manages field trips and excursions for children––this guide is for you! These area businesses and organizations offer great resources: animals and conservation, on-site and classroom programs, scientific discovery, and fun and physical activity. Start planning your adventures for the new school year today and remember to tell these folks you found them in Kids Directory. A note about COVID pandemic restrictions: While we strive to have accurate information that will be useful for the school year, please recognize that situations and protocols for in-person visits may change.
Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 W. Norton Rd. • Springfield
417-833-1570 • dickersonparkzoo.org
Dickerson Park Zoo customizes in-classroom, pre-trip, and onsite programs to expand the educational content of field trips (additional programming fees apply). Presentations include Animal Ambassadors (live animals), biofacts (skins, sheds, teeth, and other items), and animal facts.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
2038 W. State Hwy 86 • Lampe
877-459-5687 • dogwoodcanyon.org
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Inspiration will flourish as the Dogwood Canyon Foundation teaches students about the importance of protecting and conserving the great outdoors by taking the cause into the classrooms of the Nature & Conservation Center, the Campfire Club Amphitheater and the interactive Treehouse.
Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-202-2025 • ittybitty.city
Itty Bitty City offers a playful learning experience for groups of 10-80 participants ages 8 years and younger. Explore play spaces to learn through dramatic play, role play, creative play, and science and art activities. Itty Bitty City is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards GLE curriculum as well as CDC developmental milestones.
Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E Trafficway • Springfield
417-866-7444 • ParkBoard.org
The Ice Park can accommodate any size group ages 4 and older. Pricing starts as low as $4 per person for groups of 25+. Tour the facility including the ice plant that keeps the ice frozen and learn how the Zamboni cleans and resurfaces the ice. As a treat, groups may ice skate after the tour.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park
3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 • Springfield
417-837-5949 • ParkBoard.org
Groups of 10-250 participants. Classes accommodate up to 60 students at a time. The Farm offers fun and engaging educational programs for students Pre-K through 12th grade that follow Missouri State and National Science Standards. Students learn about farming, planting, and animals. Depending on the program chosen, students can meet a goat, lamb, chicken, cow, or miniature horse. Classes are 30-60 minutes and meet in the climate-controlled barn classroom.
Sac River Stables, LLC
5798 N. Farm Rd. 125 • Springfield
417-742-4200 • sacriverstables.com
Sac River Stables offers Preschool Stable Round-Up field trips for children age 3 years and older in groups of up to 20. Trot over for some horse play including riding a pony, grooming a horse, and touring the stable. Sac River Stables is a CHA-accredited and Girl/Boy Scouts approved indoor riding facility.
Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave. • Springfield
417-891-1515 • ParkBoard.org
Staff-guided programs for groups 10-100; $2/student. Topics include seeds (plant reproduction), soil science, exotic pests (weeds and disease), and the plants we eat. Guided garden activities at the Butterfly House, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden (April-October) and the gardens. Gray-Campbell Farmstead is especially for 5th grade. Self-guided activities: playgrounds, and prairie, forest, stream, and pond lessons.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
4601 S. Nature Center Way • Springfield
417-888-4237 • mdc.mo.gov/Springfield
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center provides educational field trips for all ages Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., year-round. Free guided programs typically last one to two hours and cover a variety of nature-related topics while tying into school curriculum. Currently programs are offered virtually or as outside-only in-person field trips. Programs require a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Registration for the next calendar year begins on Sept. 1.
Springfield Little Theatre
311 East Walnut • Springfield
417-413-2287 • springfieldlittletheatre.org
Springfield Little Theatre offers highly discounted group tickets to special daytime performances for area schools, homeschool groups, and daycare centers. The SLT education staff can coordinate a workshop, “play-in-a-day” experience, over-the-top theatre party, or guided tour of the beautiful, historic Landers Theatre for your student group.
The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
4106 W. Highway 76 • Branson
417-332-2231 • thebutterflypalace.com
The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure features a walk among thousands of live tropical butterflies. Guided group tours with at least 20 participants for elementary, middle school, and high school students include the 3D video on monarch migration, and exploring the butterfly aviary, Emerald Forest mirror maze, and an exclusive encounter in the Living Rainforest Science Center.
The Jungle Gym
3322-JJ S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-319-5595 • thejunglegym.org
The Jungle Gym provides a fun indoor-play outing for your daycare or preschool focused on gross motor skills experience for children up to age 8. Kids can play on swings, slides, a trampoline, and a sandbox with 1.9 tons of silica-free sand. Discounts for groups of 12 or more children ages birth-8 years during weekday open play. The Jungle Gym can also partner you’re your ministry or organization to host family-fun fundraisers.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
500 W. Sunshine St. • Springfield
888-222-6060 • wondersofwildlife.org
Wonders of Wildlife understands that educational experiences should be fun, affordable, and empowering. Their priority, as the most immersive nonprofit conservation attraction in the world, is to inspire the next generation of conservationists. As the youth of today grow into tomorrow’s leaders, they need values that promote the wise use and respect of the land, air, water, and wildlife. Wonders of Wildlife has created world-class conservation education programs and experiences that align with state and national learning standards so you can feel great about the journey.