Two to three thousand school children visit Clay Hill Memorial Forest every year on class fieldtrips. The educational success of these fieldtrips depends on teachers 1) having clear-cut goals and 2) doing solid planning and preparation. The goal of CHMF is to provide the best possible learning environment for children and the best possible teaching environment for teachers. To promote teaching we will assist you with planning and conducting a fieldtrip. We also can provide age-appropriate equipment and test kits for your students to do hands-on science at the forest.
For very young children, we offer discovery walks guided by professional naturalists. For more experienced teachers we offer advice and assistance as resource professionals. You may want to consult our library of lesson plans for ideas.
To schedule a class fieldtrip, vist our event calendar , choose a couple of good dates from those listed as "open dates", download and return the fieldtrip form (Adobe Acrobat® file) or fieldtrip form (rtf format) The Acrobat file can be opened with Acrobat Reader®. If you do not have this program, it is available as a free download. The rtf format file should open with any word processor. You can print this form and then FAX it to us (270.789.5170). We cannot schedule a field trip before the receipt of this form. We must receive this form at least two weeks prior to any planned field trip. We will not schedule fieldtrips without receipt of the form.