Schedule Field Trips

Available during May, September & October:

Preschools

This staff-guided tour program, lasting about 60 minutes, is available for ages 3-5 years. One adult is required to attend for every 10 children. An appointment is required, with bookings available weekdays (Monday through Friday) during May, September and October. A maximum number of 60 people is allowed per tour appointment. Costs are:  $4.00 for children ages 3-5 years; $8.00 for adults ages 18-54 years; $7.50 for adults ages 55+. Teachers are free. Bus drivers are free. Minimum fee per appointment is $75.00.  Request appointment here.

 


 

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

This staff-guided tour program, lasting about 75-90 minutes, is available for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. One adult is required to attend for every 10 children. An appointment is required, with bookings available weekdays (Monday through Friday) during May, September and October. A maximum number of 60 people is allowed per tour appointment. Costs are:  $5.00 for students; $8.00 for adults ages 18-54 years; $7.50 for adults ages 55+. Teachers are free. Bus drivers are free. Minimum fee per appointment is $75.00.  Request appointment here.

 


 

6th - 12th Grade

This staff-guided tour program, lasting about 90-105 minutes, is available for 6th-12th grade students. One adult is required to attend for every 20 students. An appointment is required, with bookings available weekdays (Monday through Friday) during May, September and October. A maximum number of 75 people is allowed per tour appointment. Costs are:  $6.00 for students; $8.00 for adults ages 18-54 years; $7.50 for adults ages 55+. Teachers are free. Bus drivers are free. Minimum fee per appointment is $75.00.  Request appointment here.

 


 

Mixed Grades (home schoolers, Montissori schools, and other alternative schools and academic programs)

This staff-guided tour program, lasting about 90-105 minutes, is available for students of all ages. One adult is required to attend for every 10 students. An appointment is required, with bookings available weekdays (Monday through Friday) during May, September and October. A maximum number of 75 people is allowed per tour appointment. Costs are:  $5.00 for students ages 3-9 years; $6.00 for students ages 10-16 years; $8.00 for students and adults ages 18-54 years; $7.50 for adults ages 55+. One teacher for every 10 students will be allowed in free. Additional teachers are subject to the rates shown. If buses are used for transport, bus drivers will be free. Minimum fee per appointment is $75.00.  Request appointment here.


Available during June, July & August:

Summer Youth Groups

This staff-guided tour program, lasting about 90-105 minutes, is available for kids of all ages. One adult is required to attend for every 10 children. An appointment is required, and a minimum of 20 people must attend in order to be eligible for discounted rates. Tour times are fixed, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during June, July and August. Discounted rates are:  $6.50 for ages 3-9 years; $7.50 for ages 10 and up. Teachers or paid summer program coordinators/counselors will be admitted free, with a maximum of one free for every 10 children attending. Additional adult chaperones are subject to the rates shown. If buses are used for transport, bus drivers will be free. Smaller groups are welcomed, but will be subject to regular published summer visitation rates. Request appointment here.


Tips:

  1. Please note the maximum number of people allowed, including children, teachers, and adult chaperones, as outlined above by program type (60 or 75 per appointment).  If you have more in your group than is allowed per appointment, more than one appointment will be required.  We often can accommodate two "back-to-back" appointments with advanced notice, and there are a number of other options and attractions nearby that may offer you the opportunity to visit two sites in one day, enhancing your field trip plans (take half of your group to another nearby site while the other half tours Black Pine, then "swap" groups and sites).  Black Pine recommends the following nearby sites:

  2. Please forgive our ability to make exceptions to published programs offered.  We have established limitations as noted out of the best interests of the animals and due to our own limited resources.  While we aim to offer opportunities to enable thousands of people to participate in our educational programs annually, we simply cannot accommodate every individual need or request.  Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

  3. Please use the dates to visit calendar provided online when you choose possible dates for your program.  We can only accommodate one tour booking per morning and one booking per afternoon each day, and by looking at the online calendar you can see what we see, and whether or not we may be able to accommodate.

  4. Please consider driving time, time to unload from vehicles, time to use restrooms before tour, etc.  Due to very tight schedules at the sanctuary, late arrivals may result in shortened tours to stay on schedule with 'end times' so that we are sure to also have ample time to tend to the needs of the animals the day you visit.  We will accommodate spring and fall tour start times from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (Our dedicated volunteers and other staff members also need to tend to animals, and a much-needed lunch break is appreciated!)  Please select a start time within those ranges.  Most programs will run between 60 and 105 minutes.

  5. Please plan to do a detailed head count based on ages, as noted due to varying rates of admission.  Please also plan to pay by headcount, ready to advise our gate attendant of how many of each category of visitor is in your group upon arrival.  

  6. Please decide ahead of time if your group will use the covered pavilion and picnic tables for carry-in snacks or lunch.  This must be noted in advance due to limited availability.  There is no charge to use these facilities, however you are responsible for clean-up after your visit and will need to bring trash bags and help your group make use of the recycling bins at our site.

  7. After you submit your reservation request form, you will receive an email at the address provided indicating that your submission was made.  This is NOT a confirmation.  Someone from our office will contact you again to confirm.

  8. WE WILL NOT ISSUE INVOICES!  Black Pine does not employ an office support staff.  You will be expected to pay upon arrival for your group.  We accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or money order.  If you cannot pay upon arrival, we can arrange to accept pre-payment by mail or telephone, however any discrepancies in attendance paid ahead of time, and at arrival, will have to be settled up with cash.  Thank you for your cooperation!


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Field Trip Planning Hints

We offer the following planning "hints" to help ensure your visit goes smoothly...

Arrive on time! Arriving late will take time off your program in order that we maintain animal care schedules.

Have payment ready! Assign one responsible adult from your group to check in with your tour guide and settle up program fees.  Cash, MasterCard or Visa are accepted.  Sorry, no invoices.

 

 

Supervise "your" kids! Our staff's role is to guide your program, offer knowledge, and above all else, ensure the comfort and well-being of the animals at all times.

Dress appropriately! Program take place mostly outdoors.  No open toe shoes, neon colors, toys, plush animals, or pets allowed.

...and please note:

In the case of rain or other inclement weather, Black Pine reserves the right to cancel your scheduled program, both to protect and respect the comfort of our animals, as well as our staff and your group. In the event of continuous showers, thunder and lightening, high winds, or unseasonably cold or hot temperatures, your tour may be subject to cancellation or postponement to a previously arranged "rain date".  For best chance of a postponement, set up a "rain date" at time of booking.  Schedules fill up fast! 

If you are registering a group of more than 75 students, we will attempt to split them into two groups.  Please note our request that you provide at least one adult chaperone for every ten students. Large groups are not ideal for Black Pine's programs, however we will do our best, and ask you to assist, with efforts to keep large groups organized and moving quietly throughout the compound.

Thank you!