Field Trip Programs

Maymont’s 100-acre classroom offers unique learning opportunities to incorporate into your planning for the school year. All on-site programs meet Virginia’s Standards of Learning for either Science or History and Social Science. To make a reservation, complete our Field Trip Reservation Request Form. Field trip scheduling begins in August. Questions? Email us or call 804-358-7168.

NATURE CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSING: November 1, 2019 – Early Spring 2020
The Robins Nature & Visitor Center is closing temporarily for renovation of the exhibits and lobby. Environmental Education programs will be held at the Farm and other locations at Maymont during construction. In lieu of Nature Center tours, the Environmental Education team will offer unique scavenger hunts to pair with your field trip program. The scavenger hunts will engage students as they explore the estate, and are designed to meet age-appropriate SOL skills and topics.

Environmental Programs

Barnyard Basics

Students will learn what animals and plants are found on a farm. They will also discover how much work is required to take care of farm animals. Students will learn what food products are grown on a farm and what animal or plant produces these products.

GRADE: PreK-1st
SOL: K.6, K.7, 1.5, 1.7

Creature Features

Learn how animals tough it out in the wild using claws, jaws, shells, smells and more to protect themselves. Students explore these animal adaptations with hands-on activities and a visit from a well protected creature.

GRADE: PreK-1st
SOL: K.2, 1.5

Bird Encounter

Can owls spin their heads all the way around? What adaptations help birds survive in the wild? Soar into the world of birds with an “Encounter” that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of one of Maymont’s raptors. Enhance this program with an owl pellet dissection lab ($3 extra per student).

SOL: 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 5.5, LS.4, LS.9

Reptile Encounter

How do snakes smell their surroundings? Do turtles have backbones? Slither into the secretive world of reptiles with an “Encounter” that includes fun facts and a close-up glimpse of Maymont’s reptiles.

SOL: K.6, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 5.5, LS5

Growing Up Wild: Life Cycles

Seeds, eggs, tadpoles, caterpillars: what do they have in common? Students discover how plants and animals change as they grow.

SOL: K.6, K.9, 1.4, 1.5

Hooray for Habitats

From fields to forests, all animals and plants need a habitat! Students will investigate different Virginia habitats and the food, water, shelter and space required for animals to survive.

SOL: K.6, K.7, 1.5, 1.7

Food Chains

Ever wonder what bears eat for lunch? Find out what the animals at Maymont eat while learning about food chains. Students explore herbivores, carnivores and omnivores as they compare the teeth and skulls of animals. Producers, consumers and decomposers are also investigated.

GRADE: 2-4
SOL: 2.5, 3.5, 4.5

Habitats of Virginia

Discover the commonwealth’s diverse ecosystems and the animals and plants that call them home. Students will learn what impact nature and humans have on these natural resources.

GRADE: 2-4
SOL: 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9

Life Cycles

How does a tadpole turn into a frog? What kinds of animals hatch from eggs? Students learn how animals grow up as they investigate the changes animals go through in their life cycles.

GRADE: 2-4
SOL: 2.4, 3.8, 4.5

Animal Adaptations

Animals use physical and behavioral adaptations to survive. Students will explore animal adaptations through hands-on investigations of camouflage, mimicry, hibernation, migration, physical characteristics for classification, and more.

GRADE: 3-5
SOL: 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5

James River

Learn about this natural resource that runs through downtown Richmond. Discover what a watershed is while investigating factors that affect water quality. A hands-on experiment helps students to understand how pollutants end up in the James River.

GRADE: 3-5
SOL: 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

Wetlands Explorations

In this 45 minute program, students discover the importance of wetlands and the living things that call it home. Students use dip nets to search for aquatic creatures and discover their role in this fragile habitat. To get the whole watershed experience for your students, schedule this program the same day as the James River (3-5th grade) or Wonders of Watersheds (6-8th). This is an outdoor program, please come prepared for a short hike. Activities are moved inside in inclement weather.

GRADE: 3-8
SOL: 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.5, 5.7, 6.7, 6.9, LS.4, LS.7, LS.9, LS.10, LS. 11, ES.9

Wonders of the Watersheds

Is your watershed healthy? Discover your watershed address while testing water for major pollutants. Middle school students learn more about these pollutants and how they affect the plants and animals that live in the watershed.

GRADE: 6-8
SOL: 6.7, 6.9, LS.10, LS. 11, ES.8

Behind The Scenes Tour

This 30-minutes tour of the Maymont Nature Center is offered to children as well as adult groups interested in what happens behind closed doors at the Nature Center. See the inner workings of the aquaria, the education animal room and more. For ages 5 to adult, tailored to the appropriate grade level. $6 per person (10 minimum); maximum of 12 students per class.

Project-Based Learning: BioBlitz

We invite your class to help us to identify non-captive wildlife species through a *Bioblitz. The purpose of this program is to identify those species and record the information for future research opportunities as well as wildlife management. To register for this program, call 804-358-7168.

*Definition: An event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The goal is to get an overall count of organisms that live in a place. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
$12/student or $7/Title 1 student

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
$12/student or $7/Title 1 student

Historical Programs

History is Everywhere

Using an historic map and “scavenger hunt” clues, lead your own students on an exploration of the original features of the Maymont estate. This program is free to school groups.

SOL: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.3, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9

Step Into the Past

Our youngest school aged visitors compare life in a Gilded Age country estate to their own lives today. This is an excellent excursion for an individual or an entire grade level.

SOL: K.2, K.3, K.6, K.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 1.9, 1.12

Victorians at Home

Offering a unique glimpse into the past, a Victorian costumed interpreter interacts with students as they identify and compare the difference in the lifestyles of the wealthy  and working classes of the 1890s with their own lives today. $8/student

SOL: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 3.1, 3.3, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4, USII.6, VUS.1, VUS.7, VUS.8


Students explore the diverse experiences of those who lives upstairs and the employees who worked downstairs in Maymont Mansion.

GRADE: 2-5
SOL: 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.3, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9

Visit the Victorians

Students identify and compare the differences in the lifestyles of the wealthy and working classes of the 1890s with their own lives today. Interpreting artifacts in the mansion and primary documents of the era challenges students to a better understanding of the past.

GRADE: 2-5
SOL: 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.3, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9

Walk Through History

A Maymont educator leads your students on an exciting exploration of the historic features of the estate where the mansion, outbuildings and surrounding landscape are interpreted in their original context. It’s a new way of learning at Maymont!

GRADE: 3-12
SOL: 3.1, 3.3, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4, USII.6, VUS.1, VUS.7, VUS.8

Our Passage to the Present: The Late 19th Century Gilded Age

Using Maymont Mansion as a learning laboratory, students examine the turn of the twentieth century when our nation was undergoing changes that transformed the world dramatically. You may choose a focus for the visit that includes social, political, and economic changes, industrialization, urbanization, technology, women’s suffrage, literature, architecture, and the arts.

GRADE: 6-12
SOL: VS.1, VS.8, VS.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4, USII.6, VUS.1, VUS.7, VUS.8

One House, Two Worlds

Students examine a complex and often neglected period of history as they explore the two perspectives of employer and employee – served and server – represented within Maymont Mansion.

GRADE: 6-12
SOL: VS.1, VS.8, VS.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4, USII.6, VUS.1, VUS.7, VUS.8