Hayes Arboretum is pleased to offer a number of programs designed to enhance current science curriculums by providing hands-on outdoor learning experiences with nature. All lessons integrate Indiana state standards and are led by trained and experienced naturalists.


Hayes Arboretum is 330 acres of woodlands, meadows, swamps, and streams just waiting to be explored by eager students. Our three miles of hiking trails are an ideal outdoor laboratory providing your students an unparalleled learning experience. Programs may be customized to enhance lessons you are currently teaching in the classroom. Field Trips and Classroom Programs are available Wednesday thru Friday, September to November and March to May.


Ready to schedule a visit?


  • Maximum program size is 45 students.

  • The cost for a Field Trip or Classroom Program is $2 per student with a $20 minimum. Fees are due the day of your visit. If your school requires billing, please include a purchase order. Adult chaperones and teachers are free of charge. Our Nature Center and Playscape area are available for sack lunches for no additional charge.

  • Students and Adults participating in a Field Trip should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Because our programs are nature based, we will continue with outdoor programs in the event of rain and other non-threatening weather conditions. 

  • In the event a program is cancelled due to inclement weather, Hayes Arboretum will work with teachers to reschedule the educational opportunity.

  • Programs are designed to be 2 hours. Each additional hour is subject to $2 per student charge ($20-hour minimum). 


How to Schedule a Visit


Contact Jenilee Braun to check available dates. 

Phone: 765-962-3745

Email:  jbraun@hayesarb.org


Please have the following information:

  • Your ideal program date and two backup dates

  • Grade level and number of students (45 max)

  • Program Choice(s)

  • Approximate arrival and departure times

Field Trips & School Groups