School, Homeschool, and Group Field Trips & Outreach

Hendricks County Parks and Recreation provides free elementary school field trip and outreach programs to help you create outstanding experiential learning opportunities for your students! The programs are designed to help students build a relationship with the natural environment of Central Indiana. All field trips and outreach programs meet or exceed Indiana Academic Standards.

If you have questions, please contact our naturalists at mccloudnp@hcparks.net or (765) 676-5437. Please note that naturalists cannot schedule a field trip or outreach program until you have submitted a request form (see below for links).

School Field Trips

Field Trips can be scheduled in the spring (April and May) or fall (September and October) at McCloud Nature Park.

Submit a field trip request here: https://forms.gle/8ef5aDr7pZGJ5Mai7

Field trips are subject to availability and weather conditions. They are FREE of charge for all Hendricks County schools.

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School Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs are a great way to connect students to the outdoors during the winter months. Our Naturalists bring nature into your classroom when it is cold outside. With other teachers in your school, schedule a morning or afternoon of programming. Our outreach programs are hands-on, fun, and full of excellent information, promoting an elevated understanding of local ecology by helping students understand the interaction of animals, humans, and the environment.  

Submit an outreach program request here: https://forms.gle/UYEjuawkVMpeJTFx9

Outreach programs are FREE of charge for all Hendricks County schools.

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Homeschool Programs

Homeschool groups and parents have several options.  With a group of at least 10 students, you can schedule a field trip or an outreach program like any other school group.  Check our website and our Facebook page for homeschool specific programming!  More information about specific field trip and outreach program details can be found on our website in August.

Field trips and outreach programs are subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Our department staff would love to speak at your parent meetings, too!  We’d be happy to share information about our homeschool programs, family nature programs, volunteer opportunities, and more!  This is available at no charge, subject to availability.

For more information about these parent meetings, contact Park Naturalists at mccloudnp@hcparks.net (preferred) or (765) 676-5437.

Group Programming

Looking for more programming options for your group?  We have a list of field trips and outreach programs available for a fee.

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Scouting Programs

We have opportunities year-round for Cub/Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Trail Life USA, American Heritage Girls, Navigators, or any other scout organizations.

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Department staff would love to speak at your leader meetings!  We’d be happy to share information about our scout programs, volunteer opportunities, and more!  This is available at no charge, subject to availability.

For more information about these scout leader meetings, contact Park Naturalists at mccloudnp@hcparks.net (preferred) or (765) 676-5437.

Also, be sure to check out our “Scouting with Hendricks County Parks” group on Facebook!


School Field Trip Volunteer Naturalists Needed; Training Provided

We are looking for volunteers to help us lead our field trip programs for students from Pre-K through 5th grade. Field trip groups come from local schools as well as homeschool students. Field trips happen during the school day on Mondays through Fridays. Volunteering for a field trip will take about 2 hours of your time and will require some light hiking (up to 1 mile). Most field trip programs occur in the mornings, though some are in the afternoon. Most field trips are at McCloud Nature Park.

Training is provided and required.  One training day is already set for Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCloud Nature Park.

For more information and to complete a Volunteer Naturalist Application, go to: https://forms.gle/8pFzSY78YRVeYfGu6

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email volunteer@hcparks.net or call Sarah or Rachel at the McCloud Nature Center (765) 676-5437.