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Field Trip Resources

Use the information on this site to plan your next class field trip.


Destination/Resource Type Description Field Trip Resources


District Resources

 When planning field trips, the following can help you estimate the cost of the Field Trip.

  • Program Cost is the cost associated with the program.  This includes entrance fees and other program fees.
  • Transportation Cost is the cost associated with getting students and teachers to the site of the field trip.  District transportation can be calculated by adding the following two things.
    • $1 per mile
    • $13 per hour ($22/hour for bus with wheel chair lift)
  • Meals and Lodging for field trips that run multiple days.  Student sack lunches can be requested through child nutrition services.
Student permission slips must also be completed for field trips.  They can be downloaded via the links to the right.

 Field Trip Funding Resources


San Antonio Water System is pleased to offer a Mini-Grant Program to subsidize field trips that educate pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade children on topics of water quality, water conservation, environmental awareness and pollution prevention. Mini-Grant funds can be used for transportation reimbursement, admission costs and workshop costs up to $500. Any school within the SAWS service area is welcome to apply for a Mini Grant. Funds are limited, so act now!

Approved field-trip destinations include:

  • The Witte Museum
  • San Antonio Botanical Gardens
  • Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
  • San Antonio Children's Museum
  • San Antonio Water System Wastewater Treatment Center (sixth grade and up)

For additional information or questions, call 210-233-3626.  Application can be downloaded with the link to the right.



Since launching the program in 2007, Target has awarded more than $16 million in grants — providing 2 million students in all 50 states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies.

As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K—12 schools nationwide—enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700.

 Application process begins August 1, 2012.  For more information, visit the website at:

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center


Learning science outdoors is exciting and makes it easier for children to understand concepts that are difficult to grasp in the classroom. Working with local school districts and home school groups, Audubon has developed Nature of Learning, a place–based science program for 3rd through 8th grades. Nature of Learning focuses on the need for students to improve and strengthen their science skills, while being aligned with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) mandated curriculum set by the state.

The program consists of hands-on activities relating to ecology, scientific observation, resource management, and citizenship. Students learn about the importance of soil and wetlands for people and wildlife; sample insects from the ponds to determine the health of each water body; use various scientific methods to determine how different types of pollution affect river systems, ponds, lakes, and bays; and learn about the animals and plants living at Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge.

  • Program Request Form
  • Project Compass Weather and Climate
    • Pre-Visit PowerPoint Presentation
    • Student Journal
  • Project Compass Rocks and Soil Ecology
    • Pre-Visit PowerPoint Presentation
    • Student Journal
  • Project Compass Addaptations
    • Pre-Visit PowerPoint Presentation
    • Student Journal
  • Audubon Conservation Workshop
    • Resources Coming Soon
  • Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Trail Map


The Witte Museum


The Witte Museum offers two types of interactive student programs Explorations and Workshops.
Explorations are 45 minutes long; $1.50 per student and are scheduled on specific days of the week starting at 9:30 a.m.
Workshops are 2 1/2 hours long; $2.50 per student and are scheduled on specific days of the week from 9:30 a.m. - Noon


•   Self-Guided Visit:
            $2.00/student, $2.00/paying adult

•   Self-Guided Visit and 1 Program:
            $3.50/student, $3.50/paying adult

•   Self-Guided Visit and 2 Programs:
            $5.00/student, $5.00/paying adult

•   Self-Guided Visit and 3 Programs:
            $6.50/student, $5.00/paying adult

•   Self-Guided Visit and 1 Workshop:
            $4.50/student, $6.50/paying adult


*Please Note: Explorations programs Amazon Alive! and Dyanmic Diversity are conducted in the Amazon Voyage exhibition classroom and are $2.00 per student

 To learn more or make a reservation, contact Witte Museum Guest Reservations at 210.357.1910 or

San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is one of the finest outdoor learning environments in South Texas! A Zoo visit could be just what your class needs to spark interest in science and observational learning.

The San Antonio Zoo offers a special School Group Admission Price for students, teachers, bus drivers, and adult chaperones of qualifying groups. To receive this rate, the entire group must pay at the same time. One person should collect from all adult chaperones and pay for the entire group at once. Adult tickets not purchased with your school group will be charged full Zoo admission.

Groups qualifying for school admission rates include public, private, religious and home school groups, daycares, pre-schools, and after-school programs, YMCA, Head Start, colleges, and PCI.

If you need to reschedule your field trip to another date, please contact the Education Center at (210) 734-7184 X1501. Registering online for another field trip will result in duplicate reservations.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Groups of 15 students (pre-K-High school; public/private/home school) are eligible for a school group rate. Please call 207-3270 for more information and reservations.


San Antonio Missions

The National Park Service offers many educational opportunities for students to experience the natural and cultural history of the San Antonio Missions. The park is an ideal "outdoor classroom" in which to explore the heritage of our nation's Spanish Colonial past and appreciate the value of historic preservation.

Free program offerings by Park Rangers include curriculum-based activities that adhere to content standards and concepts as defined by Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Transportation costs may be reimbursed to Title 1 schools, need-based private schools, and homeschool groups from a donation from Los Compadres, the park's friends' group.

Reservations are required. To provide a quality experience for students and to prevent significant damage to historic resources, all schools and youth groups must register in advance with the park. There is no charge for any activities.

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Natural Bridge Caverns

The educational experience that students gain from Natural Bridge Caverns carries through not only touring the caverns but in the classroom as well. Natural Bridge Caverns has ready-made lesson plans that follow the state education guidelines. We make it easy for you to work a field trip to Natural Bridge Caverns into your educational strategy with lesson plans, special school rates and assignments. It’s a hassle-free way to bring your class in touch with nature and to bring nature into your classroom.  You can't have a deeper learning experience anywhere!
Call (210) 651-6101 or login or register for a teacher account.

Dinosaur Quest

Dinosaur Quest is the perfect destination for your students to learn about the history and science of these massive prehistoric creatures.  Let our dinosaur experts give your group a guided tour that encourages both critical thinking and scientific inquiry.  Our dinosaur curriculum is based on the Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as specified by the Texas Education Agency. Designed with the 5E Learning Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate), this field trip is sure to create learning opportunities for your students! 

 Call 210-229-8888 or email for our unbeatable discounted school group rates.