2017 Conference Field Trips

The field trips are open to all conference participants HOWEVER please take note of two things regarding fieldtrips.  First, there may be an additional cost for the field trip.  Second, field trips tend to fill up quickly so if you wish to take part in any of the field trips please register early.  On the registration form you will be able to indicate which fieldtrip(s) you wish to attend. If a field trip is not full at the time of the conference you will be able to register for it at the registration desk.  If the situation arises where we do not get enough participants for a field trip we will need to cancel the trip and you will be reimbursed. 


THURSDAY, March 16


F1 - Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra


Rushing Waters is located within the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Join us for a tour that will take you behind the scenes with hands on activities and a look at the action that makes Rushing Waters our country's leading producer of quality Rainbow Trout.


Thursday March 16th, leaves at 8:30 am.

$23 per person



F2 - Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha


Join us on a guided hike through the Retzer Nature Center. An experienced guided will educate hikers about the various animals and plants found in Wisconsin. Hikers will then enjoy some time in the Center’s educational facility where they can check out different animals living at the center and receive information on using the center’s facilities for science education.


Thursday March 16th, leaves at 1:10pm

$11 per person

** dress for cold weather and bring hiking boots!



F3 - The National Weather Service


The NWS in Sullivan has offered to provide a behind the scenes tour of their weather forecasting facility. Meteorologists working at the center will guide us through the facility, highlighting the weather forecasting tools they use. This trip will leave you with information to share with your students on the important and difficult job of weathering forecasting!


Thursday March 16th, leaves at 1:10pm

$11 per person



F4 - Lakefront Brewery


Join us on a tour of Milwaukee's own Lakefront Brewery Inc. The industrious and inventive microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Learn about the brewing process and enjoy some samples as you learn!


Thursday March 16th, leaves at 1pm

$22 a person


FRIDAY, March 17

F5 - Oconomowoc Wastewater Treatment Plant, Oconomowoc


Ever wonder what happens to all that wastewater we drain and flush? Come learn all about the new water treatment process using UV light!


Friday March 17th, leaves at 8:00 am

$11 per person



F6 - Catholic Memorial High School STEM lab, Waukesha


Catholic Memorial High School has spent years working with local area business to design and implement a successful STEM program. Come join us on a tour of their newly built STEM wing, which includes innovative approaches to teaching and learning. You will also learn about CMH’s own STEM program called PROPEL. This is a must for any school looking for examples of a successfully implement STEM program.


Friday March 17th, 8:00am

$11 per person




F7 - Milwaukee County Zoo Behind the Scenes!


Learn what zookeepers do and venture behind the scenes as a tour guide leads you behind animal exhibit areas. The tour will also include rare glimpses at the zookeepers work areas. Wear your walking shoes!


Friday March 17th, leaves at 1:00pm

$22 a person




F8 - Freshwater Science Lab, Milwaukee


Take a closer look at of our new, state-of-art facility, research vessels, ROVs and drones. Learn how our genomics research is leading to advancements in the detection and tracking of pathogens and other improvements in ecosystem health. Discover how outstanding science leads to good water policy. Dive in and see how we earned a reputation for freshwater.


Friday March 17th, leaves at 1:00pm

$13 per person