What better place to take your class for a field trip than into an actual field, forest, and river? Our programs are led by experienced educators in the fields of ecology and environmental science. The education staff at Schiff delivers curriculum linked to the NJ Student Learning Standards so that field trips can provide a central learning activity within a class’ science unit. We can also adapt a lesson to meet your curriculum needs.
Our preserve comprises 760 acres of permanently preserved open space in Mendham Township, Mendham Borough, and Chester Township and offers environmental education programs throughout the year. Located in Mendham, NJ, Schiff is a convenient destination for schools throughout Morris, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties.
Our School Field Trip Program can accommodate groups of up to 60 on one day, with groups split into 3 groups of 20 students each. Schiff does not provide food or beverages, but schools may plan to provide for their own picnic-style lunch or snack. Schiff’s school field trips include an interactive hike and hands-on nature based activities, exposing students to the outdoors and creating an awareness, excitement, and appreciation for local plants, animals, and ecosystems.
1.5 hour program- $7 per child
2.5 Hour program- $10 per child
Minimum fee of $100.
No charge for teachers and chaperones/aids. However, we ask for a chaperone: student ratio of 10:1.
Animals of New Jersey:
Schiff is home to a wide diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Uncover mysteries of the creatures hiding right in our backyards and in the various habitats of The Garden State.
Through scientific questioning and hands on exploration, students will learn about insects and their relatives. The web of life that extends from these creatures will be illustrated with activities and demonstrations.
Digging Deeper - Soil Science:
The importance of soils for every living thing is explored through experiential learning with a plot study, observational hike, and demonstrations.
For more information or to schedule a field trip for your class, please call Schiff Nature Preserve at 973-543-6004 or contact us at:
Once your date is confirmed and paid for, please download the Preparation Checklist to assist you in planning of your visit to Schiff Nature Preserve.