Field Trips

Oliver Nature Park provides a location for students to connect with nature.  In this outdoor classroom setting, students will explore scientific concepts in a hands-on, inquiry-based experience.  A naturalist will guide the students along the trails and will point out and discuss the various living inhabitants of the park.  Field trips are offered all year long!

Field trips

  • Call 817-804-5789, contact us online, or email olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov for program availability
  • All field trips must be scheduled at least 1 week before the program date.
  • $5 per student for MISD Schools; $7 per student for non-MISD school
  • $75 non-refundable deposit will be required at time of booking to hold the date for non-MISD schools.  The deposit is applied towards your final balance.  Final payment for the remaining balance is due 1 week before the scheduled program date.
  • Minimum number of students 15, Maximum number of students 100
  • All field trips are held rain or shine.  Please have your students dress for the weather.  If inclement weather occurs, our staff will contact your group at 8:30 am on the day of the program to cancel or reschedule your trip.

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Current programs:

Biodiversity

Oliver Nature Park has many different plant and animal species. In this program, students will be guided along the trails to explore the diversity of organisms in the park. We will investigate food webs and explore how the organisms within an ecosystem depend on each other. Each student will record their thoughts and observations in a field journal. In addition to our nature walk, students will work with microscopes, complete a scavenger hunt, and perform nature-related measuring activities.

Program geared toward: Pre-K – 7th grade

Program schedule:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adaptations (Available October – February)

Looking at the microscopePlants and animals at Oliver Nature Park are well-suited to their ecosystems. In this program, students will learn about the adaptations that help organisms survive. We will discuss what characteristics are the best adaptations for different conditions in an ecosystem. Students will go for a nature walk and meet our animal ambassadors for first-hand observation of adaptations.

Program geared toward: Pre-K – 6th grade

Program schedule:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nature Explorers

Oliver Nature Park is an intersection of prairie, forest, and riparian habitats. In this program, students will be led by a naturalist to visit and compare resources in these different habitats. We will discuss how organisms use the resources in their environments, and we will investigate their roles in the food web. Along the way, we will stop at stations on the trail to see and touch specimens like snake skins, turtle shells, bird feathers, and more. This program will also introduce students to potential environmental threats to each ecosystem.  During this hiking program, students will be led through the different ecosystems that make up Oliver Nature Park.

Program geared toward: 1st grade – 12th grade

Program schedule:  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Junior Naturalists

In this program, students will learn about citizen science by using the iNaturalist app on their smartphone or tablet. Students will be guided along the trails to observe and document species within the park. Along the way, they will learn how research scientists will use the data that they collect. Student observations will also be added to the Oliver Nature Park iNaturalist project.

Program geared toward: 8th grade – 12th grade

Program schedule:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Little Naturalists

Do your little naturalists enjoy exploring? Bring them out to Oliver Nature Park for a hands-on learning adventure! This field trip experience is geared toward guiding students to respect and enjoy nature at a young age. Little naturalist will go on a short nature walk, investigate animal tracks, listen to a nature story, sing a song, and complete a scavenger hunt. Teachers can choose to supply snacks for a short break during the field trip.

Program geared toward: Pre-K - Kindergarten

Program schedule:  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Students should wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, closed-toe shoes.  For questions and concerns, contact us online or via email at olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov.

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Registration

All Nature Education programs require pre-registration, unless listed otherwise. Click here for more information and to register.  Don’t forget: if you are a MAC member, you get an additional $2 off per participant.  Spots are limited!  For any questions, please contact us at olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov or call the MAC at 817-728-3680.