Booking A Trip
About Our Programs
A Time for Science exists to provide environmental education and outdoor recreation to the children, adults and families of eastern North Carolina. Our field trip programs offer students a chance to move through the trails of our park led by highly trained educators for a hands-on learning experience that reinforces and brings to life the concepts that are taught in the classrooms. Our field trips are correlated to the NC Essential Standards and to the Next Generation Science Standards according to grade level and subject area using academically-based curriculum materials. We feature four distinct habitats – stream, forest, swamp and ponds – that are ideally suited to enhance the fundamentals of environmental science in a controlled setting. We can customize a program to meet your needs. Please call us if you have comments or questions. We look forward to working with you and your school group.
Choosing Your Program
In addition to the programs for each grade level, A Time for Science is often able to create or
modify a program to suit your group’s educational goals or special topic studies.
Feel free to contact our Education and Program Director to discuss tailoring a
program to your needs.
Fee Structure

$10.00 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free of charge (1/10 students)

Make A Reservation

Fill out the form on our field trips page.

Phone reservations may be made Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 4:00. You may also contact our Education and Program Director, Maria McDaniel through email at

What We Need To Know
• School and contact information
• Preferred dates
• Number of students, teachers and chaperones (1 adult for every 10
students required)
• Times of arrival and departure
Reservation Policies
• Groups must consist of at least ten students, or pay a minimum fee of $100.
• At least one adult is required for every 10 students.
• Maximum group size varies by program.
• Payment by cash, check or credit card is due prior to program.
• Please make checks payable to: A Time for Science
• A deposit of $50.00 is required to secure your field trip. The deposit will be
applied to the balance due of the field trip.
• Cancellations: If a field trip must be cancelled, we will reschedule to the
best of our ability, but cannot guarantee availability. In the case of
questionable weather, A Time for Science will determine whether a
program should be cancelled.
Pre-Program Planning
During most trips, students work in small groups to make observations, collect
data, compare and classify organisms, and draw conclusions. To help enrich the
experience, A Time for Science can send background information and pre/post
field trip activity suggestions to teachers.

All of our programs have an outdoor component. Students and all accompanying
adults should dress according to the weather. While we may shorten outdoor
portions of a program according to the weather, we go outside unless the
weather is severe.

It is recommended that children wear comfortable, closed toe shoes (no sandals).

Sunscreen and bug repellent are recommended.

Children may get wet and dirty.

Student backpacks are not allowed on the field trips. Adult chaperones may carry
backpacks as necessary.

Cell phone and electronics of any kind are not allowed on field trips.

Teachers and chaperones are required to participate in programs and accompany
students on the outdoor portion of the trip.

All students must be with a chaperone at all times.

We thank you for encouraging your students’ respect for all park staff, property,
and visitors. Groups who exhibit overly disruptive or destructive behavior will not
be tolerated.

An outdoor picnic area is available.