Your Outdoor Classroom

Looking to book a field experience?

Sibley is where classroom knowledge meets real world experiences. 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. Register your class for a field experience today by completing our registration form.

Experience Options:

  • Sibley Trail Exploration – Students spend 2.5 hours exploring Sibley Nature Center’s trails, led by Sibley Staff and Volunteers. While on the trail, students apply classroom knowledge in their native environment through a variety of activities. Trail Exploration lesson topics include plant and animal adaptations, insects, geology, and much more. Trail Explorations have a maximum group size of 30 students.

Recommended Grades – 3rd through 6th

  • Sibley Nature Center Tour and Trail Exploration - This 2-hour program has a maximum group size of 70 students. Students split their time between the Center, and the Nature Trail. Half of the students explore our Center, while the other half enjoys a teacher or volunteer led trail walk (depending upon volunteer availability). Teachers will be provided with a trail packet and a pre-lesson to prepare for the walk.

Recommended Grades – Kindergarten through 6th

  • Sibley Nature Center Tour - Students will spend 1 hour exploring the Sibley Nature Center. Students will learn about prehistoric creatures that ruled West Texas, explore the Center on a scavenger hunt, get hands-on with various animal artifacts, and spend time in our observation area. Center Tours have a maximum group size of 35 students.

Recommended Grades – Pre-K through 3rd

Scheduling:

Field experiences 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.

Field Experience Fees:

All Sibley Field experiences are $2 per student. There is no charge for teachers or chaperones. Fees are due on your program date.

Field Experience Topics:

Life Cycles, Habitats, Animal Adaptations, Plant Adaptations, Food Chains, Native Cultures, Weather and Climate, Geology, and the Water Cycle.

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 comforatable for walking, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, and water.

Sibley in the Schools

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. Recommended for pre-K through 6th grade.

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.

Registration

To register for a field experience or classroom visit fill out our registration form, call Jeremy Clothier at (432) 684-6827, or email jeremy@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 Jeremy Clothier at 432-684-6827 or email jeremy@sibleynaturecenter.org for more information!