Field Trips and Tours
Tours are available for your neighborhood, professional, community, family, or other group. A tour of Circle Acres covers the topics outlined below, and can be customized for your group.
Tours are offered at no cost to community groups based within the Montopolis neighborhood.
Request form below.
We offer field trips tours and activities, as well as service learning opportunities for students from Pre-K through high school. Field trips can be customized to align with your curriculum by choice of topical focus on the main tour, as well as optional add-on activities.
Field Trips at Circle Acres are active and engaging - we encourage exploration and discussion throughout.
Request form below.
Circle Acres Basic Tour
1 hour, groups of up to 30 students (we can accommodate multiple classes on some dates)
Customized for your group by grade and primary topic of interest
History of Circle Acres (farmland, quarry, landfill, dumping site, remediation, restoration, nature preserve and educational facility)
Landfill diversion intro: Recycling, Reuse, Composting - with onsite reuse building material and composting toilet
Stormwater and Pollution intro - with onsite examples of effects
Remediation Intro: General brownfield remediation, history of Circle Acres remediation, intro to onsite myco-remediation research station
Local Ecosystem intro: Forest, Grassland, Wetland
Wildlife intro: Observed species on site, restoration goals and process
Groups are welcome to stay onsite after tours for additional activities led by their teachers, or to have lunch in our shaded picnic area (2 picnic tables available)
Led by Ecology Action staff
Myco-Alliance Tour +30 min
Myco-remediation research station tour and more in depth discussion with Daniel Reyes of the Myco Alliance
Myco-Alliance Hands-On Activity +1 hour
Cultivation: Make your own Oyster mushroom grow-at-home kit
Recycling/Composting: Growing Oyster mushrooms from paper & coffee waste
Mycoremediation: How fungi “eat” pollution
Biodiversity Treasure Hunt +1-2 hours
Includes printed hand-outs of plant and animal species on site, hands on activity, prizes for teams who locate the most species, and resources for follow up classroom activities including iNaturalist posting of observations. (**Available starting Winter 2016**)
Service Learning - Elementary +1 hour
Service Learning - Middle and High School + 2 hours
Riparian zone restoration -invasive plant removal and native planting
Field Trip and Tour Pricing
Limited subsidies available for Title 1 schools - please inquire if needed
Basic Tour, customized to your group: $100
Myco-Alliance Tour - ½ hour, $30/group
Myco-Alliance Hands-On Activity - Choice of topic, 1 hour, $50/group
Biodiversity Treasure Hunt - 1-2 hours, $50-75. Available starting in Dec 2015.
Service Learning - Elementary - 1 hour, no charge
- Service Learning - Middle and High School - 2 hours, trail maintenance and litter abatement - no charge. Riparian zone restoration - donation of native plants or cost of plants