Plan Your Best Field Trip
1. Know where you're going! Bring the park map and know how to get to the program site. Think ahead on how long it will take to arrive considering the traffic. If you will be late or need to cancel, please notify the ranger as soon as possible by calling (219) 395-1885. If your group arrives late, we will have to shorten your program to meet our next scheduled activity.
2. Be comfortable and plan before coming. Proper footwear is essential to a good time. In winter, fingers and toes get cold first. In hot weather, each student should bring a bottle of water frozen the night before.
Name tags on the students and even the teachers and chaperones are very helpful.
3. Know what to do the day of your program.
4. Chaperones enhance or can detract
5. Know what educational goals will be taught. Read over the program outline from the park's website and share this with all teachers involved. Use teh activiteis to engage the students with knowledge before they arrive for their program. If you want the rangers to cover specific topics based on your pre-visit goals, let them know before the program begins.
6. Keep the students actively involved
7. Keep this a learning experience
8. Independent time
9. Extend your learning experience
Thank you for bringing your class out to the national lakeshore.
Did You Know?
Poet Carl Sandburg and Artist Frank Dudley were inspired by the dunes. Today, through the park's Artist-in-Residence program, artists come to the dunes to create and share their work.