KC Resources and Field Trips

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Explore our museum in Kansas City, MO and learn how the handsome steamer Arabia prospered on the rivers, perished in 1856 and was finally rediscovered 132 years later, precious cargo intact. The site prepares the visitor for what students can experience on a field trip. The trip would include actual observation of preservation of objects.

Astronomical Society of Kansas City

The Astronomical Society of Kansas City provides information on amateur astronomy in Kansas City area. The society has educational programs and extensive public outreach using observatories in Kansas City.

Blue River Watershed Association

Blue River Watershed Association shares how to clean and protect local watersheds in the Kansas City Metro area. Learn how the watersheds impact quality of life of all who live in the Metro area.

Burr Oaks Woods Nature Center

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is located one mile north of 1-70 on Hwy 7, then one mile west on Park Road. This site contains description information and hours of operation.

Burroughs Audubon Society of Kansas City

The Burroughs Audubon Society is the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the National Audubon Society. The site contains events and sponsored hikes for bird observations. There are links for activities for students under the WingNuts tab.

Carolyn’s Country Cousins

Country Cousins is a pumpkin patch located in North KC that provides field trips and curriculum materials to teachers and students.

Cave Spring Interpretive Center

Cave Spring is a 36-acre historic site in Kansas City, Missouri, once a site on the Santa Fe Trail. The site contains information on field trip program options, overnight experiences and badges for Boy and Girl Scouts.

Educating Excellence

Perceptive Software, in partnership with the University of Kansas School of Engineering, rewards outstanding high school educators in Kansas City area for excellence in education. The Educating Excellence program recognizes one teacher each month, from September through May, with a $1,500 cash award! Award information and nomination forms are all online. 

Ernie Miller Nature Center/ Johnson County Park & Recreation

The first nature center in Johnson County, the Ernie Miller Nature Center allows visitors to admire the beauty, complexity and grace of nature.

F.L. Schlagle Library, Mr. & Mrs.

The library offers programs for preschool to fifth grade on environmental education involving meaningful hands-on experience at the library.

Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is located near Brush Creek at Troost and provides urban children with the opportunity to learn about to appreciate nature.

Heartland All Species Project

Heartland All Species Project is part of the International All Species program here in Kansas City that addresses the environmental crisis through programs for students.

HMS Beagle

A science store of uncommon quality for amateur scientists, students, teachers and everyone with an unquenchable interest in science.

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), The

KACEE's site provides effective conservation and environmental education for the state of Kansas. Students and teachers can learn more about environmental education.

Kansas Association of Biology Teachers

Kansas Association of Biology Teachers is to improve the teaching of biological sciences through the interchange of ideas, dissemination of information, and fellowship among its members.

Kansas Association of Teachers of Science

Kansas Association of Teachers of Science seeks to improve the state of science education at all levels and provide support to and for each other in all science teaching endeavors. This site also contains links to other Kansas resources for teachers.

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute is a local organization focusing on life science research, development and commercialization in the Kansas City region.

Kansas City Community Gardens

Kansas City Community Gardens provides information to households and members of the community by helping them grow fruit and vegetable gardens. They are a valuable resource on nutrition and the environment.

Kansas City Environmental Education Network (KCEEN)

KCEEN works to provide environmental education resources in the metropolitan area. Site contains resources for environmental educators and an online brochure of all the environmental education organizations in the KC area.

Kansas City Museum

Information about field trips to both the Kansas City Museum and Union Station are located on this site. There are several options for thematic experiences at the Kansas City Museum and Planetarium. Union Station offers specialized trips to Science City, the Extreme Screen, plays, and special exhibits, discovery areas, the planetarium and the KC Rail Experience.

Kansas City Zoo, The

The zoo's website contains information on a graduate credit course for teachers, grades K-6, Outreach trunks with teacher orientation session on how to activities and lesson plans, teaching kits, the zoomobile, as well as field trip offerings including tours, zoo classrooms, and the IMAX theatre. For students, there are overnights and camps. Wild Bunch Fun has games, projects, quizzes and puzzles.

Kansas Cosmosphere

Located in Hutchinson, KS, the Cosmosphere offers onsite resources for teachers grades K-12. Its Educator Resource Center offers slides and video that can be copied on film provided by the teacher. Lesson plans, activities may be duplicated. Free posters and materials are available. Teacher workshops are 2-days in the summer and various times through the school year. Field trips, scout programs, and camps are available for students.

Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks

The Education Branch of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is responsible for the wildlife-related educational programs. Besides citizen education in outdoor skills and environmental education programs, there are special description and curriculum connection for Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS).

Kansas Junior Academy of Science

The Kansas Junior Academy of Science (KJAS) is an organization for students interested in science and mathematics who wish to expand their ability and accomplishments in the field.

Kansas STARBASE

STARBASE is an exciting and rigorous science, math, and technology program that strengthens skills, increases motivation and expands opportunities for upper grades elementary students. During the five-day program, students think like scientists, and engineers, experimenting and exploring the wonders of flight, robotics, engineering, and the laws of physics. The program is offered to 4th-6th grade classes in Kansas schools through the Kansas Air and Army National Guard.

Kansas Stream Link

Kansas StreamLink provides a variety of support services for watersheds activities from connecting individuals to helpful resources, to assisting at water-related events.

KC BANCS

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development and School of Computing and Engineering are collaborating on a project called KC BANCS to build an alliance for new careers in S.T.E.M. The goal of KC BANCS is to recruit more students with disabilities into the STEM workforce.

KC STEM Alliance

The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and affiliates that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for our community. Housed at Union Station, it is an affiliated program with the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. Its current programs are Project Lead the Way and First Robotics.

Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center, located in Swope Park, is a place to explore the wild world of nature and learn about wildlife and conservation efforts.

Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, The

Linda Hall Library is an independent public library of science, engineering and technology located in Kansas City, MO. The public is welcome to use the collections on site without cost. The Library is used extensively by companies, academic institutions and individuals throughout the world. The library offers tours for school groups.

Mad Science

Mad Science © is the world's leading fun science provider, with a 20+ year track record of delivering exciting, hands-on and educational science experiences!

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary

The Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing habitat for wildlife and natural history education to the public. The Sanctuary is location in Liberty, MO. The Sanctuary offers field trips and age specific programs for school age children. Pre-visit activity packets are sent to teachers.

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis offers top quality information through it mbgnet.net site that links from the main site. MBGnet offers a comprehensive section on the biology of plants, plus information on 6 biomes, 3 fresh water ecosystems, and 3 marine ecosystems. On the main site are some curriculum guides available for purchase and some sample lessons for download to be used with visits to the gardens.

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

The Education tab of this site opens to pages on grants, professional development and classroom resources, including free posters, newsletters, student activity books and more.

National Agricultural Center

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is located in Bonner Springs, KS. It offers field trips focused on various themes during the year. They also offer professional development courses for teachers.

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial honors veterans of the First World War and opens an window in the events of that time.

Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center

The museum, in addition to being a center for biodiversity research, with a gargantuan inventory of specimens, host many well-attended activities and science workshops for young people.

One Health Kansas K-12 Outreach

One Health Kansas is an public and school education program of Kansas State University. It focuses on the animal, plant and human safety and health and their interrelationships. The site contains links to various resources, including outreach programs of K-State.

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens is located in Kingsville, MO. They offer classes for youth and families and field trips. They also offer teacher in-service workshops and away programs for classrooms.

Science City at Union Station

Union Station offers specialized trips to Science City, the Extreme Screen, plays, special exhibits, discovery areas, the planetarium and the KC Rail Experience.

SCOPE

SCOPE works state-wide to inform and facilitate community dialog about Science and Technology. It holds a variety of science events throughout Missouri with hands-on activities for children and families. Check them out to see what is happening in your area.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

The history museum offers innovative, engaging events and programs for students to learn about the 19th century.

The Journey of Stormwater: From KC to the Sea

Kansas City, Missouri Water Services and the Blue River Watershed Association are offering this new program to Missouri teachers and students. This is a hands-on, project-based curriculum designed to teacher students about flooding and pollution effects casued by stormwater runoff. The curriculum targets students in grades 4-6 and all lessons are aligned with the NGSS.Participants will be given FREE instructional materials at the training workshop and will arrange for BRWA staff to teacher lesson 1 with their students. It is anticipated that participating schools in Missouri, will also recieve a reduction on their monthly stormwater bill.Contact Kate Delehunt, BRWA Education Directorbrwa.kate@gmail.com or 816-309-0980

Voyage: A Journey through Our Solar System

VOYAGE is an outdoor educational exhibition located along a mile long stretch of Baltimore Ave beginning at the Sun entry point at 13th and Baltimore in the Power & Light District and ending at the Explorers stanchion in front of historic Union Station. All programming and educational materials for the VOYAGE exhibition are provided through the Journey through the Universe program. Included are grades K-12 lessons grown from the National Science Education Standards related to the earth and space science strand of your science curriculum (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12.) Due to the concentration of Solar System content at grades 5-8, a supplemental grade 5-8 Education Unit titled The Voyage Continues has been developed. To learn more about these educational units, please visit www.voyagesolarsystem.org.

Wildwood Outdoor Education Center

Wildwood outdoor education center provides students and teachers with opportunities to be inspired by nature and experience the joys of learning and living outdoors. Wildwood is located in La Cygne, Ks and offers many summer camps, outdoor schools and team building opportunites while being outdoors. 

Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

Wonderscope Children's Museum, located in Shawnee, KS, provides an enjoyable hands-on, interactive environment for children, their families, and school or community groups to explore science, technology, the arts and humanities. Curriculum guides, pre-and post-visit activities are offered online.