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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD TRIPS

We are thrilled that you are interested in the Bayou Vermilion District for a visit with your class this year.

We pride ourselves in offering a unique, experiential learning opportunity centered on the topic of water. Our Environmental Science Field Trips are specifically geared towards facilitating a comprehensive understanding that connects the quality of water flowing through our local bayous to our daily habits and our cultural traditions, as well as, our interactions with our precious natural resources, especially the Bayou Vermilion.

The Environmental Science topics covered in this educational field trip package are best suited for grades 6 – 12. An Environmental Science Field Trip is 3½ hours long with a 30-minute lunch break included in the program.

 

Boat Tours

Boat Tours are a great opportunity for students to connect the information they are exposed to during their visit to BVD with a firsthand experience of being out in nature on the bayou. During a Boat Tour, students will experience interpretation of Bayou Vermilion topography and hydrology, the process of riparian and alluvial sedimentation, riparian habitats, and the important role that swamp systems serve in improving water quality for our river systems.

*Boat Tours of the Bayou Vermilion can be added to your group tour package at an additional cost of $3 per person. Please note that including this option will increase the length of your field trip by 30 minutes to a total of 4 hours on property. * Boat tours are limited to a maximum group size of 100 people or less per day (both students and chaperones are included in this count

Watershed Exhibit Tours

During a visit to the Watershed Exhibit, students will be introduced to the dynamic interconnections of planetary heat distribution due to the seasons, seasonal weather phenomenon, the water cycle, the life cycle of plants and animals, the physics of watersheds, the effects of water on humanity, and the effects of humanity on water.

Rain Garden Tours

This tour will introduce students to Best Management Practices used to improve water quality as they tour our Rain Garden on the property.

Macroinvertebrate Sampling Activity

During this activity, students will collect water samples from our pond and identify the larvae of various aquatic organisms, which are then classified, counted, and used as indicators of water quality.

Water Quality Sampling Activity

During this activity, students will collect water samples from the Bayou Vermilion and use our water quality test kits to test for temperature, pH, salinity, turbidity/water clarity and dissolved oxygen.

Booking Inquiry Form

Bonjour! We are excited to work with you in order to plan a fun, educational day for your students. The information required below will greatly help in expediting the booking process. Our operation hours are from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday - Sunday.
Group rates apply to groups of 20 or more.

Student Admission: $5

Adult Admission: $8*

Adult Admission: $10**

Enhancements: $3 per person***

Bag Lunch: $7 - $8.50

*We allow 1 complimentary chaperone for every 10 students. Ex: 67 students, 6 complimentary adults.

**If more parents show up on the day of and were not included in your final count, they'll have to pay $10.

***Boat tour price will increase if you choose a 45-minute or 90-minute tour. Boat tour prices are different for adults. Please inquire if you wish to include this enhancement. We can only fit 16 warm bodies on the boat at one time.

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The cost of this field trip package is $8 per person or $5 per person for groups of 20 students or more. 

The price of the Environmental Science Field Trip Package does not include admission into Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park.

 

For student groups of 100 people or less, there is the option of adding a 30-minute boat tour of the Bayou Vermilion for an extra $3 per student. Chaperone boat tours are $8 per chaperone. Please keep in mind that we may not be able to book your group on your preferred date if other schools are already on our calendar. However, we will work with you to find another date that is available.