School field trips will include three tours on the grounds of the Arboretum. Children in grades K-5 will tour through one of the many Arboretum trails, Westbrook Manor and the Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Farm. All tours are presented by educators and seasoned docents.
The students will enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens making several stops along the way to learn about specific Arboretum specimens.
The Manor house was designed in 1886 for William Bayard Cutting (1850-1912) by the architect Charles C. Haight in the Tudor style. Students will be guided through this magnificent manor house making stops in designated rooms.
The Farm is located on 14 acres of tillable soil, adjacent to the estate’s original barn, on land that was the former cow pasture of the Bayard Cutting Estate. It is the only Community Supported Agricultural Farm in the New York State Park System. Students will tour the garden and meet our free range chickens.
The majority of field trip activities are outside; therefore, if there is a threat of inclement weather on the day of your visit, you will be contacted by the Education Coordinator. Trips canceled due to inclement weather maybe completely canceled or rescheduled if scheduling permits.
Field Trip Day and Duration-The program runs approximately 2 1/2 hours and is held on Friday from 10:00-12:30 PM
Class Size Tours are limited to two classes per session. Each Class Max: 30 Students
Fees: Student fees $5.00 per child.
School Bus Parking Fee: There is a $35 school bus fee for Field Trips. Additional cars maybe subject to vehicle useage fees of $8 per car depending on the time of year for the program.
Chaperones We recommend that two chaperones accompany each class. Teachers and Chaperones will not be charged.
Deposit/Confirmation: A non-refundable deposit of $35 per class must be received within two weeks of booking in order to hold your reservation.
Payment must be made by check, payable to The Natural Heritage Trust.