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 School Field Trips

Whether you have scheduled a special program or are guiding your own field trip, we hope you find your visit to the Salato Wildlife Education Center both educational and entertaining! We wish to provide you with the following information to help you prepare for your upcoming visit. More information about directions and bus parking or shelter reservations. Please read over your field trip options FIRST, then click on the appropriate links to schedule. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Cost

  • PAYMENT IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL
    1. An invoice with an invoice number will be automatically emailed to you as soon as you schedule.
    2. This should be turned in to your accounting staff as soon as you receive it to allow the time necessary to process.
    3. We accept cash, checks, and credit card payment.
    4. The state cannot accept a PO as payment.
  • Admission Fees:  Schools are charged the reduced rate of $2 per person, aged 5 to adult, including teachers.  Children aged 4 and under are free.  
  • Hiking trails, fishing lakes and picnic areas remain open free of charge. 
  • Picnic shelters may be reserved for a fee.  More details.

What are your field trip options?

Important Information - Please read carefully

  • Chaperones: To ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning, we request that at least one (1) adult chaperone for every ten (10) children in theSalato Wildlife Center group.  For safety, teachers and chaperones must stay with the children and fully attentive during their visit.
  • Clothing: Children should be dressed appropriately for the weather since part of your visit will take place outside. We also recommend sunscreen when needed.
  • Food: Food, including candy is NOT permitted in the center or on the exhibit trails. Please finish eating before you enter the building or leave food on the bus.
  • Beverages:  Beverages ARE permitted in the Center and the grounds, and 
    encouraged on hot days.  Please ensure that empties are properly disposed of. 
  • Accessibility and Special Needs: All of our outdoor trails except the HabiTrek and Pea Ridge Loop Trail are wheelchair and stroller accessible. With advance notice, the Salato Center can provide interpreters for hearing-impaired students.
  • Fishing:  Although Salato can provide fishing poles and tackle, we do not provide bait.  Fishing poles are limited and we cannot guarantee that every child will receive one.  If your group is large, consider dividing them into smaller groups and rotating them.  If you would like them all to fish at once, please contact John Gutzeit to arrange for additional poles.  Last, please note that all visitors ages 16 and over MUST have a valid Kentucky fishing license.  See more fishing info
  • Be aware:  Salato includes up to 4 miles of primitive hiking trails that can be accessed from both the picnic and exhibit areas. Minors are NOT allowed on the hiking trails without a responsible adult. Please assure that all chaperones are aware of the trails to prevent the need for a search and rescue event! 

When You Arrive

  • Please be on time!  If you have scheduled a special program, please make every effort to arrive early so we can start at your scheduled time. To save time, larger groups (40 or more) may use the restrooms at the nearby picnic shelters in addition to those inside the center. If you arrive late it may be necessary to adjust your program to fit into the remaining time. We reserve the right to cancel programs for any group which arrives 15-minutes or more late, but you are still welcome to tour the center as a self-guided group. Please call and cancel your reservation if you do not intend to come.

  • Arrival:  Before entering, a teacher should check in at the admissions desk, let us know 1) how many children and 2) how many adults you are paying for. Parents or siblings paying separately should check in on their own upon arrival. If fewer people are with you than originally intended, the school will be refunded the amount overpaid. This takes approximately two weeks. 

How can you better prepare yourself or your group?

You can prepare your group by familiarizing them with some of the following concepts or terms. But even with no prior preparation, most children will become familiar with these during the course of the tour. Children in the primary grades can be better prepared by making them aware of the season of the year. Have a discussion of what that means for the plants and animals that must live outside. Children of middle school age and above are usually ready for:

  • Habitat (food, water, shelter, space)
  • Native (to Kentucky)
  • Mammal
  • Reptile
  • Amphibian
  • Bird
  • Bird of Prey
  • Predator and Prey
  • Herbivore
  • Carnivore
  • Omnivore
  • Threatened vs. Endangered Species
  • Restoration vs. Conservation
  • Competition (for resources)
  • Wetlands

Scheduling Your Field Trip

PAYMENT IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL (no Purchase orders, please).

Instructions for Booking a Field Trip: After reviewing all of the field trip options above, you are ready to Schedule Your Field Trip Online. The Visitor Calendar shows availabilities a month at a time. You can change months by clicking on the link at the top of the page. A note next to each date will tell you whether the Center is open or closed that day. Special holiday openings/closings will also be noted in this way.

You may select either a Self-Guided Tour or an Interpretive Program. Self Guided Tours may be scheduled at any time during regular operating hours, regardless of the number of other groups coming. Educational Programs are only available at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 A.M. Tuesday and Wednesday and often are booked well in advance, so plan ahead! A glance at the calendar will show you which program periods are already reserved and which are open. No more than 50 children may be scheduled for any program period.

Special Events are also noted on the calendar. If an Interpretive Program is not available on the date you plan to attend due to a special event, your group may still be able to participate in activities planned for the event. Click on the title of the event for details.

Once you've selected a date and decided what you'd like your group to do, click on "Schedule a Visit" to access the Visitor Planning Form, select either a Self-Guided Tour or and Educational Program, fill in all of the requested information, then submit! The "Special Requests" section may be used to request scavenger hunts, fishing poles, or teacher field kits. You'll be given the opportunity to reserve a picnic shelter at the end of the scheduling process or you may click here to schedule now.

Schedule Your Field Trip Online