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K-12 Field Trips

Advisory Regarding Schools and Organized Groups with Minors

Any school or organized group that intends to bring minors to Lyon Arboretum MUST COORDINATE their visit through the Lyon Education Office. This is to ensure proper safety and etiquette protocols are followed, group information and forms are gathered, and logistics have been cleared. See below for details and contact information.
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Aloha! We are using an online request system for bookings. Please read through the information below to see what’s new and to book your field trip. Mahalo!

SY 2019-2020 Field Trips:  We will open reservations for the upcoming academic year on Monday, July 29. Title I schools can apply for financial assistance at that time.

UPDATE: Our subsidy program for Title I schools is now closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Tips to prepare before making your reservation: Pick your top 3 date (or sets of dates) to request and review the field trip theme for your grade level.

General Information:

Lyon Arboretum offers hands-on outdoor field trips for children in grades K and up, which adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and/or the Hawai’i Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III). Take a look at the information below to learn more about visiting the Arboretum with your school group.

Click on one of the general topics below to expand the information.

Availability

Field trips led by Education Staff are offered for Grades K and up on all weekdays excluding Wednesdays. We have programming designed for grades K-4, but we can accommodate upper grades. We book up very quickly and recommend reserving a date 4-6 months in advance. Dates are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Open dates for the current school year are listed below in the “Booking Your Field Trip” section, just above the online form.

IMPORTANT: field trips are NOT confirmed until you receive an official confirmation packet.

2019-2020 school year: We will open reservations for the upcoming academic year on Monday, July 29. Title I schools can apply for financial assistance after receiving their confirmations. UPDATE: Our subsidy program for Title I schools is now closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Tips to prepare before making your reservation: Pick your top 3 date (or sets of dates) to request and review the field trip theme for your grade level.

Information about support for Title I schools can be found under the “Cost” tab and at the bottom of this page.

AVAILABLE DATES (Dates are subject to change)

School year 2019 – 2020

November:  no dates currently available

December: no dates currently available

2020

January: no dates currently available

February: no dates currently available

March: no dates currently available

April: no dates currently available

May: no dates currently available

Timeframe/Itinerary

Field trips start at 9am and end at 12pm. This includes two to three activities then lunch on our grounds.

If you would prefer to eat lunch at your school, then the field trip end time would be 11:30am.

Cost

Field trips are free for Teachers and other school staff, $5 per Parent Chaperone, and $5 per student.

There is a minimum fee of $125 for field trips (which includes students and parents). If you have less than 25 students in your group, you may bring more paying chaperones to help meet the minimum fee. Please notify us if you will be bringing more than the required number of chaperones.

UPDATE: Our subsidy program for Title I schools is now closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Title I Schools Support: With a grant from the Garden Club of Honolulu, Lyon Arboretum will be offering financial assistance for Title I Schools to bring students outside where they can have hands-on learning about Hawaiʻi’s plants and environment. Click here for the details: Kokua-Field-Trip-Subsidy-2019-2020-corrected

Financial assistance is only available for field trips during the school year, not the summer.

Cancellation

Field trips may be canceled by a school without charge up to two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled field trip date. If a field trip is canceled with less than two weeks’ notice, a cancellation fee of 20% of the estimated field trip cost will be automatically invoiced to the organizer/school.

In the event that Lyon has to cancel a school’s field trip (due to extreme weather or other reason), there will be no charge to the school.

Group Size

Due to our small staff size, limited facilities and safety concerns, we cannot accommodate more than a maximum of 60 students at a time. We also reserve the right to decline requests from groups who wish to bring up more than 60 students per visit. Thank you for your understanding.

Larger groups MUST schedule multiple field trips to the Arboretum.

Chaperones

Chaperones are required. Our field trips are designed around collaborative students groups and active engagement and assistance from all attending chaperones (this includes both school staff and parents).

Each chaperone will be expected to lead a small group of ~4-6 students throughout the field trip.

The minimum number of chaperones required are based on the size of the group – see the table below for guidelines. Additional chaperones may attend, however, please note that they will be asked to double-up with another adult in leading/facilitating a small student group during activities.

0-10 students: 2 chaperones needed
10-19 students: 3 chaperones needed
19-24 students: 4 chaperones needed
25-29 students: 5 chaperones needed
30-36 students: 6 chaperones needed
37-48 students: 8 chaperones needed
49-60 students: 10 chaperones needed

Safety Policies - Environment, Extreme Weather, Physical Requirements, Accessibility

Safety is our number one priority during our field trips. Due to Lyon Arboretum’s lush natural setting and the physically active nature of our field trip activities, all groups must understand and comply with the following precautions and policies:

Lyon Arboretum is situated in the very back of Manoa Valley, in a tropical rainforest ecosystem. Weather is unpredictable and conditions fluctuate between hot and sunny, cool and overcast, and light or heavy rain. Trails can be potentially muddy and slippery, and mosquitoes can be a nuisance. Field trips at Lyon Arboretum are conducted in rain or shine, and activities may have to be adjusted on the spot due to sudden changes in weather.

In the event of extreme rain, high winds or other dangerous weather conditions, field trips will be cancelled for safety reasons by Education Staff no later than 7:30am the morning of the excursion. Typically, bus companies will not charge a school for bus cancellation if it is due to safety concerns. If we cancel your school’s field trip we will try our best to reschedule your group, depending on the availability of open dates. There is no charge to you if your field trip is cancelled due to extreme weather. Occasionally weather becomes extreme as groups are in-transit to or already at the Arboretum. In that case, activities are adjusted as best as possible to ensure everyone’s safety.

All attending school staff, parent chaperones, and children must be prepared for the active and outdoor nature of field trip activities at Lyon Arboretum*. Participants must be able to stand and walk around for the duration of the 3-hour visit (excluding the 30 minute lunch) as well as navigate uphill/downhill slopes and uneven or unstable terrain. Participants may be subject to mud, heavy rain, sun, wind, and mosquitoes and must dress appropriately to ensure their safety and comfort.

*Please notify Lyon Education Staff well in advance of your school’s field trip date if there are any concerns regarding accessibility or requests for special accommodations.


Field Trips Offered:

Click on one of the grade levels below to display a brief description of activities and the standards met for each field trip offered at the Lyon Arboretum.

Special note for the 2019-2020 School Year

We are excited to say that we have updated our field trip offerings. There is an all-new standards-based field trip  for Grade 3 (Amazing Adaptations). We have also added two new options for multiple grades: an art-based field trip (Art in Nature’s Garden) and a field trip that emphasizes time outdoors (Arboretum Expedition).

Preschool

At this time Lyon Arboretum is not offering staff-led fieldtrips for preschool groups, as we are currently working on improving our physical grounds and curriculum to create a safer, more engaging experience for the youngest school groups that visit us. Please check back at a later time for updates. Mahalo for your understanding.

See the “Self-Guided” tab for an alternative option.

Grade K: Plant Explorations

This field trip engages the five senses to explore all the parts of a plant. Take a walk through the arboretum grounds exploring smells and tastes of different plant parts and a plant scavenger hunt for all the colors of a rainbow. Students will also have the chance to plant and take home a sunflower and a plant drawing.

NGSS Covered for Kindergarten:
Disciplinary Core Idea LS1 From Molecule to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Disciplinary Core Idea Components A. Structure and Function

B. Growth and Development of Organisms

Crosscutting Concept Cause and Effect
Scientific and Engineering Practices Developing and using models
HCPS III Covered for Kindergarten:
Strand Life and Environmental Sciences
Standard Standard 4: Structure and Function in organisms: Understand the structures and functions of living organisms and how organisms can be compared scientifically
Topic Interdependence
Benchmark SC.K.4.1-Identify differences between living and non-living things

Grade 1: Sort It Out

In this new field trip, we will explore the concept of trait variation in plants. Students will learn to recognize and classify plant species based on their similarities and differences from one another, as well as observe the intricate ways plants within the same species can vary. Students will compare and contrast the physical characteristics of different varieties of sweet potato, sugar cane, kalo, and ti leaf during in-the-field observations and data collection in our ethnobotanical garden. Students will get further experience in recognizing plant trait variation during our ti leaf variation game.

NGSS Covered for 1st Grade:
Disciplinary Core Idea LS3-Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Disciplinary Core Idea Components LS3-1.B Variation of Traits:

Make observations to construct an evidence based account that individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar, but can also vary in many ways.

Crosscutting Concept Patterns
Scientific and Engineering Practices Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
HCPS III Covered for 1st Grade:
Strand Life and Environmental Sciences
Standard Standard 5: Diversity, Genetics, and Evolution: Understand genetics and biological evolution and their impact on the unity and diversity of organisms
Topic Heredity
Benchmark SC.1.5.1-Identify ways in which the same kinds of plants and the same kinds of animals differ

Grade 2: Plants and Friends

In this field trip, students will learn about the interdependence between plants, insects, and animals in relation to pollination and seed dispersal. Students will engage in a plant-pollinator matching game where they will make connections between a plant’s visual characteristics and the insect or animal it attracts for survival. Students will then physically observe  various fruits from our grounds and identify the type of organism that might disperse its seeds.

NGSS Covered for 2nd Grade:
Disciplinary Core Idea 2-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

2-LS2-2: Develop a simple models that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing or pollinating plants

Disciplinary Core Idea Components A.     Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Plants depend on animals for pollination

Plants depend  on animals to move their seeds around

Crosscutting Concepts Cause and Effect
Scientific and Engineering Practices Analyzing and Interpreting (Data)
HCPS III Covered for 2nd Grade:
Strand Life and Environmental Sciences
Standard Standard 3: Organisms and the Environment: Understand the unity, diversity, and interrelationships of organisms, including their relationship to cycles of matter and energy in the environment
Topic Interdependence
Benchmark SC.2.3.1- Describe how animals depend on plants and animals

Grade 3: Amazing Adaptations

In this field trip, students will learn about adaptations in plants and the relationship between a plant’s traits and its environment. Outside, students will explore the rain forest. They will search for the adaptations that allow plants to thrive in these conditions. Indoors, students will closely observe specific plants, using their adaptations to identify their habitat.

NGSS Covered for 3rd Grade:
Disciplinary Core Idea 3-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3-LS4-4:  Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

Disciplinary Core Idea Components LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die. (secondary)

LS4.C: Adaptation

For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there.

Crosscutting Concepts Systems and System Models

Cause and Effect

Scientific and Engineering Practices Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Grade 4: Ka Wai Ola

In this field trip, students will learn about our ever-changing environment and the impacts of water, humans, and other components have on its health and function. Students will identify evidence of water’s movement through a landscape and discuss the concepts of erosion, watershed protection, and the general water cycle. Within small groups, students will identify and observe native and nonnative organisms in our stream and hypothesize about their interaction and impact on the surrounding landscape.

Due to the nature of the activities for this field trip, only one class (with a maximum size of 25) can be accommodated per day. Groups with more than 25 students must request to come on separate days. 

NGSS addressed for 4th Grade:

3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

Grades 5 and up

At this time Lyon Arboretum is not offering staff-led field trips for students in grades 5 and up, as we are currently working on improving our curriculum and activities for older students. Please check back at a later time for updates. Mahalo for your understanding.

For programs suitable for multiple grades, including older students, see the “Arboretum Expedition,” “Art in Nature’s Garden,” and “Self-Guided” options.

Art in Nature’s Garden

This field trip is open to grades 2 and up. This field trip is limited to no more than 30 students per day. This is a shorter field trip, with the program ending at 11:00 am. Groups are welcome to stay longer to eat lunch.

Using the elements of design and the language of the arts, students are introduced to some exciting ways to learn about, enjoy and appreciate the wonders of our tropical environment. Observation skills are sharpened as students capture garden images that depict line, shape, color, texture, and patterns.

There are 2 options for this field trip. Please specify when requesting your field trip which option you choose.

Option 1: Digital photography. In small groups, students use our waterproof digital cameras to capture images from our grounds. As we hike, we make frequent stops to give students the opportunity to take pictures. Students’ photographs are sent (via Dropbox) to the classroom after the field trip is completed.

Option 2: Oil pastels. We hike and admire the natural world around us. On our walk, we may gather plant material from the ground to inspire our artwork. After our walk, we gather more leaves and plant materials from our Children’s Garden, then settle down with oil pastels and paper. After discussing some tips for success when working with this medium, each student draws the plant part of their choice. Classes take the students’ artwork back to school with them that day.

Standards: Digital Photography

Strand Visual Arts 
Standard 1: Understand and demonstrate the effective and safe use of tools, materials, and equipment used for traditional photography and digital media
Topic How the Arts are Organized (Materials and Tools)
Benchmark FA.P.1.1 Demonstrate the proper use of digital and/or film-based cameras and equipment, including a variety of lenses
Strand Visual Arts 
Standard 2: Create photographs using a variety of techniques and processes as well as the principles of art and design
Topic How the Arts Communicate (Techniques and Principles)
Benchmark FA.P.2.4 Use elements of composition (e.g. simplicity, lines, balance, rule of thirds, symmetry, framing) to create an original photograph

Standards: Oil Pastel

Strand Visual Arts 
Standard 1: Understand and demonstrate the effective and safe use of tools, materials, and equipment used in drawing and painting
Topic How the Arts are Organized (Materials and Tools)
Benchmark FA.DP.1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of dry media, such as pencil, pen, pastels, and conte crayon
Benchmark FA.DP.1.3 Demonstrate proper care and conservation of tools, materials, and equipment used in drawing and painting
Strand Visual Arts 
Standard 2: Create drawings and paintings using a variety of techniques and processes as well as principles of art and design
Topic How the Arts Are Organized (Techniques and Principles)
Benchmark FA.DP.2.1 Demonstrate understanding of the elements of art and principles of design when creating original works of art

Benchmark FA.DP.2.2
Apply techniques, processes, and media to achieve a specific visual effect or intended meaning in an original work of art (e.g., to create the illusion of depth or to portray three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface)

Arboretum Expedition

We are excited to offer this new field trip option! If you would like to spend the morning hiking in all weather, this is the trip for you. Unlike our other, standards-based field trips, this is a fluid experience. The topics discussed and routes taken will vary according to weather conditions, what’s in bloom, group age, and the energy level of the group. Although we will try to accommodate requests for specific topics or features, we cannot promise to address any specific standard. While our other field trips include an indoor portion, this field trip will be conducted entirely outdoors.*

Topics that might be covered: parts of a plant, interdependence of plants and animals (e.g., pollination), adaptations and habitats, role of plants in the watershed, history of Lyon Arboretum, native Hawaiian plants, invasive plants in Hawaii, use of plants by people, relationships between people and nature

*This field trip is intended to be spent entirely outdoors, rain or shine. However, in the case of extreme weather conditions, we may opt to spend time indoors for student safety and comfort. It can get quite cold in Manoa, especially when there is heavy rain and wind.

DETAILS
– Open to all grades, K-12. Kindergarten and 1st grade groups will do a shorter hike with more frequent stops.
– Exact route through the arboretum, plants and features seen, and topics addressed will vary.
– Ideal for groups whose goal is to get the kids outside and immersed in nature and not to address a specific set of standards. This trip could be a good outing for reinforcing a recently-concluded unit.
– Most of this trip will be spent hiking, so consider the kids’ and adults’ capabilities.
– This field trip will not be visiting the waterfall.

REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS
– This field trip is limited to 1 class or up to 30 children per day.
– Groups must be physically able to walk over uneven and slippery terrain for up to 2.5 hours (with regular, short rests).
– Groups must be prepared for heavy rain, cold weather, hot weather, intense sun, and mosquitoes.
– Although we will have bathroom breaks, sometimes nature calls at inconvenient times. Chaperones must be able to accompany individual children to the bathroom if necessary. Arboretum staff may not be able to accompany individuals to the bathrooms if they are out on the grounds with the group.
– Students or chaperones who are unprepared for the hike (see below) will not be able to fully participate in the field trip.

Participants must bring the following: 
– Proper walking shoes. Crocs, slippers, open-toed shoes, and “fashion shoes” are not appropriate.
– Water bottles (each child must carry their OWN water)
– Snacks for the hike (carried by individual children or a chaperone). We will make multiple stops, at least one of which will be a snack break.
– Rain gear: rain coats or ponchos (inexpensive ponchos can be purchased at Longs and other places). Umbrellas will not be permitted as participants will need both hands free.
– We strongly recommend BUG SPRAY. There are many mosquitoes at the arboretum. Please apply bug spray before arriving at the arboretum.
– Sun screen should be applied prior to arriving at the arboretum.
– A hat with a brim (baseball cap) is recommended for protection from the sun and keeping rain off the face.

Self-Guided Field Trips:

Self-Guided field trips are an alternative option for individual classes (of no more than 25 students) that would like to create their own unique experience at the Arboretum. Explore the gardens and trails at your own pace, while having the flexibility to create a customized meaningful outdoor experience for your students.

The Education Department may be able to provide some resources and if the classroom is available, space for the group to eat lunch.

IMPORTANT:  Teachers/field trip coordinators who have not been up to Lyon Arboretum are REQUIRED to attend a Self-Guided Tour Teacher orientation provided by the Education staff prior to the date of a scheduled visit

The orientation will cover such information as recommended trails to take the students on, topics that can be discussed with the class, resources that can be provided, safety, and the logistics of bringing classes up (drop-off and pick-up, bathroom location, etc). 

Only one teacher/leader from the group is required to attend. For questions or to request an orientation, call the Education Department: (808) 988-0461. 

Requirements/Important Details:

  • – Available for ALL grade levels, PK and up
  • – Must be a single class of no more than 25 students
  • – Teachers that have not previously been on a field trip to Lyon must attend a pre-visit orientation of the grounds and review safety rules with Lyon Education Staff prior to coming with their students.
  • – Lyon Education Staff are not available to escort group from bus drop off zone up the access road to Lyon
  • – Groups can stay for up to 3 hours, with the earliest arrival being 9am.
  • – Lyon Education and Visitor Center buildings are unavailable for activity/lunch use – lunch is allowed on the grounds, weather permitting
  • – Cost is $3 per person (as opposed to the $5 rate for Lyon Staff-led field trips)
  • – Chaperone-to-student ratio is 1:10

Booking Your Field Trip:

We are now utilizing an online request form for booking field trips. We are no longer accepting bookings via phone or email. If you need further assistance or special accommodation, see the “Contact” section below.

A Lyon Education staff member will follow up with you shortly after you submit your form to provide confirmation.

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR: We will open reservations for the upcoming academic year on Monday, July 29. Title I schools can apply for financial assistance after receiving their field trip confirmations.

Tips to prepare before making your reservation: Pick your top 3 date (or sets of dates) to request and review the field trip theme for your grade level.

On or after Monday, July 29, 2019, you can book a Lyon Arboretum field trip by clicking the button below.

UPDATE: Our subsidy program for Title I schools is now closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Title I Schools Support: With a grant from the Garden Club of Honolulu, Lyon Arboretum will be offering financial assistance for Title I Schools to bring students outside where they can have hands-on learning about Hawaiʻi’s plants and environment. Click here for the details: Kokua-Field-Trip-Subsidy-2019-2020-corrected


Contact:

Lyon Arboretum Education Department
Email: educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com
Phone: (808)988-0461
Office Hours: 7:15am*-4:00pm Monday-Friday
*Please note that we are typically out of the office between 9am-12pm conducting our daily field trips.