For Teachers: Field Trips


The Wisconsin Science Festival is for everyone, especially teachers, who inspire curiosity in the youth they work with every day. Explore the many ways to connect elementary, middle and high school classes with the incredible science happening across Wisconsin:

Field Trips to UW–Madison

Every year, schools can visit the Discovery Expo and/or several locations throughout UW–Madison to experience hands-on, interactive science for K-12 students. Activities and itineraries can be planned for student groups of any size or age.

Transportation reimbursement: Once registration is open, limited funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to offset transportation costs associated with bringing your group to UW–Madison for the Wisconsin Science Festival.

For more information about field trips, contact Morgan Olson, field trip coordinator, at 608-316-4500 or

BIOBLITZ: Connect with Wisconsin’s Biodiversity

The Wisconsin Science Festival is working with partners throughout the state to organize BioBlitzes. These easy-to-customize events focus on identifying as many species as possible within a certain niche, from forests to your school playground.

It’s easy to do, and we can help! Click here to learn more.


WATER: A Statewide Inquiry Experience

The Wisconsin Science Festival partners with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s “Reimagine the Science Fair” project to create the Statewide Science Experience. Join with your colleagues to take part in a project designed to fill every school to the last drop with water education!

This multiyear effort encourages teachers to use and share science lessons related to water. It includes a core lesson for students to investigate water runoff in school parking lots and visualize the data throughout the year.

Educators can post and view resources and teacher stories about water education stories. Or, connect to water education projects organized by grade level and WSS/NGSS alignment.

For more information about this effort, contact Travis Tangen, education and outreach manager, at 608-316-4385 or

Host an Event at Your School – We Can Help

Grassroots science events are at the heart of the festival, and we are eager to help you host an event in your community. We encourage events of all types, from a school science expo/family science night to a stroll through your school forest or events in conjunction with other local organizations.

Each year, we have special opportunities to facilitate events in the state. Check out our Host an Event page to learn how we can support an event at your school or contact Wes Marner, deputy director of the festival, at 608-316-4716 or to learn more.

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“I absolutely LOVED the teacher workshops! Very engaging, with presenters who were obviously interested in sharing their knowledge and resources with teachers.”

A 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival Teacher Workshop Participant

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