We are not currently accepting registration for fall 2013 or spring 2014 visits. Fall field trip dates will be available to book through our website by August 15 and spring field trip dates will be available by November 15.
The Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. We offer several field trip experiences for students in elementary, middle and high school. You can see examples of our Exploration Workshop field trip options below.
Who Can Attend:
Class groups from elementary, middle and high schools; home schoolers; and community groups with at least one adult (18 years or older) chaperone per 10 youth.
In the Town Center and our state-of-the-art teaching labs located on the research floors of Discovery and staffed with scientists committed to bringing cutting-edge science experiences to students of all ages.
Our hands-on workshops, called Destination Discovery Explorations, offer options geared for various grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Our workshops are aligned with state and national standards. Examples of the workshops we offer are described below.
After August 15, available dates for fall 2013 visits will be listed on this page. Each available field trip day is associated with specific activity offerings. We may be able to accommodate special requests at our discretion.
Groups can register for fall trips beginning August 15 and spring trips beginning November 15.
Each field trip date may differ by time and activity offerings. Registrations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. We can accommodate up to 150 students per field trip registration.
Please review our visitor guidelines with students and chaperones prior to your visit.
Four free bus parking spaces are located in front of the UW–Madison Stock Pavilion, 1675 Linden Drive, about 50 yards from the Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional bus parking is available in lot 130 on campus. You can access a campus map using this link: map.wisc.edu. Type in lot 130 in the search field located in the upper right corner and the map will locate this parking lot. Parking for vehicles other than buses is available in lots 17 and 80. Please use the campus map for details about parking options and costs. Download our parking options flyer.
Students are allowed to bring in sack lunches to eat in the Town Center. No food is allowed in the teaching labs. Student groups also have the option of pre-ordering box lunches for adults and children through Steenbock’s on Orchard. Please call 608.469.2316.
Tours of the Town Center are free and open to the public. Workshop fees are $3 per student each session. Groups may sign up for more than one session. Fee waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please supply information about the nature of your request, such as the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced school lunches, those who have special needs, etc., when completing your registration form.
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