Looking to book a Center Tour, Field Experience, or Classroom Visit?

Sibley Nature Center has something for every teacher. Whether you have a large group, are seeking a more focused experience for one or two classes, or need someone to come into your classroom Sibley Nature Center can accommodate you. All of our education programs are TEKS aligned and designed to provide direct field experiences with classroom content. Read below for more information or click here to reserve your program.

Programs are designed for grades 1-5, and are easily adapted for all other grade levels.

Nature Center Tours

This 2-hour program has a maximum group size of 75 students. Students spend their time exploring the Center, Youth Garden, and Nature Trail. Students are split into three groups and rotate between these stations led by Sibley Staff and volunteers. At each station students learn about the past, present, and future of the Llano Estacado. 

Scheduling:

Nature Center Tours can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday throughout the school year, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dates fill up quickly, we recommend scheduling your program at least two weeks in advance to ensure your preferred date.

Nature Center Tour Fees:

Nature Center Tours are $2 per student. There is no charge for teachers or chaperones. Fees are due on your program date.

Chaperones:

Chaperone guidelines are included in the confirmation email and we strongly recommend that you brief your chaperones on our guidelines before your program. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for student behavior.

Field Trip Tips:

Most of our programs involve an outdoor component, so please keep this in mind while preparing. We suggest wearing closed toed shoes that are comfortable for walking, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, and water.

SIBLEY REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made one week before a program will receive full refunds. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than one week before a program, or for no-shows.

If Sibley Nature Center cancels a program due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, fulls refunds will be issued to all registrants.


Sibley Field Experiences

These 1.5 hour programs have a maximum group size of 25 students. Field experiences engage students in outdoor lessons that bring textbooks to life! Students interact with and analyze concepts like plant and animal adaptation, habitats, geology, cultural history, classification, insects, and much more. All lesson topics are TEKS aligned and designed to meet curriculum standards through direct experience. 

Scheduling:

Field experiences can be scheduled for Tuesdays through Fridays throughout the school year, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dates fill up quickly, we recommend scheduling your program at least two weeks in advance to ensure your preferred date. 

Field Experience Fees:

Sibley Field Experiences are $4 per student. There is no charge for teachers or chaperones. Fees are due on your program date.

Lesson Topics:

Animals of West Texas, Amazing Adaptations, Habitats, Life Cycles, Food Chains and Webs, Geology, and Water Cycles. 

Chaperones:

Chaperone guidelines are included in the confirmation email and we strongly recommend that you brief your chaperones on our guidelines before your program. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for student behavior.

Field Trip Tips:

Most of our programs involve an outdoor component, so please keep this in mind while preparing. We suggest wearing closed toed shoes that are comfortable for walking, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, and water.

SIBLEY REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made one week before a program will receive full refunds. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than one week before a program, or for no-shows.

If Sibley Nature Center cancels a program due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, fulls refunds will be issued to all registrants.


Homeschool Days

Sibley Nature Center’s Homeschool Days is a program devoted to providing hands-on lessons for students in homeschools to engage with nature and develop a greater understanding of our natural world. 

Fees:

Registration is required for this program. There is a $4 cost for each student.  Programs typically include an outdoor portion so dress appropriately for the weather.

Parents:

Parents may choose to drop-off, however all parents are welcome to stay at any point.

Scheduling: 

Homeschool Days will be offered in the Fall and Spring. 

October: Pumpkin Science

Register HERE!

There is currently a max of 15 students per program. This is so Sibley may offer quality lessons and activities to those who participate. Please understand our desire to do our best. If you were not able to register for this program be on the look out for November's! 

Last Month's Lesson Ideas!

PUMPKIN SCIENCE:

Pumpkin Science was dedicated to learning the anatomy of the inside and outside of the pumpkin (an awesome fall-time lesson). We first went over the life cycle of a pumpkin, then the pumpkin's anatomy, and had an awesome experiment learning about chemical reactions!

For information on how to do your pumpkin science lesson, visit HERE!


Classroom Visits

Can’t make it to Sibley Nature Center? We’ll come to you. Our natural artifacts will turn your classroom into an outdoor learning space. Animal adaptation, plant classification, and other topics are available. 

Scheduling:

Classroom visits can be scheduled for Tuesdays through Fridays throughout the school year, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dates fill up quickly, we recommend scheduling your program at least two weeks in advance to ensure your preferred date.

Fees:

$20 for the first classroom. $10 for each additional classroom within the same day. An additional charge of 56.5 cents a mile will be incurred for travel outside of the Midland/Odessa area.

Lesson Topics

Animals of the Llano Estacado, Animal Adaptations, Plant Classification, and Insects. We will work with you for other topics.

SIBLEY REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made one week before a program will receive full refunds. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than one week before a program, or for no-shows.

If Sibley Nature Center cancels a program due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, fulls refunds will be issued to all registrants.


Reserve your date Today!

To register for a field experience or classroom visit, call Audrey Sizemore at (432) 684-6827, or email audrey@sibleynaturecenter.org.

Don't see what you're looking for? Reasonable requests for specific topics or modifications to an existing topic can be accommodated. Contact Audrey Sizemore at 432-684-6827 or email audrey@sibleynaturecenter.org for more information!