Field Trips

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Our educational field experiences and excursions are intended for 7th - 12th grade students, scouts, teachers, community groups, and the general public. Through these programs we hope to increase environmental literacy, inspire stewardship of local waterways, and spark interest in coastal ecosystems. Due to the nature of our field experiences and excursions, we can only accommodate one class (or roughly 20 participants) at a time. By focusing on smaller groups, we can better ensure the safety of all participants and place more emphasis on the quality of learning and interaction within outdoor settings. If you need to schedule more than one class, we can arrange for multiple days OR host a morning group followed by an afternoon group.

The Wind & Water Learning Center curriculum aligns with Alabama Learning Standards for Environmental Science and Biology. We cover an array of topics including local watershed issues, ecosystem interactions, field methods, ecotourism, and waterway stewardship. If you have specific topics, key terms, or service-based projects that you would like us to include during your visit, please let us know so we can customize your field trip to your students.

Half-Day Options: 9:00AM - 11:30AM or 12:00PM - 2:30PM (participants have the option to picnic lunch on site after or before their scheduled time)

Watershed Function

Nonpoint source pollution prevention (storm water runoff mitigation & water quality monitoring)

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Biodiversity Studies (seine netting & field identification)

Waterway Stewardship

Empower your students to take active roles in local and global citizen science initiatives (water quality monitoring, marine debris removal, microplastics lab)

All-Day Option 9AM - 2:30PM (this will include a lunch break; kayaking is only offered while water temps are above 75F *unless participants have neoprene/thermal gear*)

Field Methods

Practice honing observation skills and utilizing art as a pathway for conservation awareness and science communication (Paddle & Paint kayak excursion)

Ecotourism

Making connections between consumer behaviors, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable local economies (Presentation, kayak excursion & open discussion/debate among students)

Parking

Please turn onto Nancy Ln. in front of the Coastal Arts Center; follow it through the curve to access the gravel parking lot on the east side of the Orange Beach Public Library. Park here and walk down to the Wind & Water Learning Center. Buses are able to turn around and park here.Fieldtrip1

Teachers & Chaperones (Roles & Expectations)

Wind & Water Learning Center Instructional staff and educational partners are here to instruct and guide participants through hands-on, interpretive learning experiences in the Sail Loft classroom and on Wolf Bay. We encourage teachers and chaperones to be active learners alongside their students. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for managing their students/participants behavior.

Pricing & Payment

City of Orange Beach Schools - no cost

Half-Day field experiences - $6/ participant

Full Day field experience + excursion - $15

Required Forms

  • Field Trip Request (email Jackie McGonigal)
  • Waiver of Liability & Photo Release *due prior to the start of the trip
  • Evaluation & Feedback (Teacher form) *emailed within a week

Packing List

  • All student liability and release forms (Teacher/Group Leader)
  • Class roster (Teacher/Group Leader)
  • First aid kit / any student medications required(Teacher/Group Leader)
  • Payment (if not mailed) (Teacher/Group Leader)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Close-toed shoes that can get wet
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)
  • Rain layer (or warm layer even in the Spring)
  • Towel and dry change of clothes (if kayaking)
  • Thermal layers, like neoprene and spray tops (if kayaking in Fall/early Spring)

All efforts will be made to accommodate individuals needing disability-related assistance. Due to the nature of these activities, we can not always guarantee that requests can be met.

Cancellation / Reschedule Policy

We kayak and learn outdoors rain or shine, but we will not do so in unsafe conditions. Make sure to pack appropriate weather gear. Adventures will be canceled at the WWLC site ONLY at the time of check-in as weather may be inclement at one site but not another. In this case, reschedules or refunds are possible.