Bring your class to Longue Vue for a dynamic, interactive, and educational field trip!
Facilitated by Longue Vue staff and your school’s chaperones, field trips include exploration through 4 stations in the children’s Discovery Garden, a walk through Longue Vue’s 8 acres of formal and native plant gardens, science-integrated field games on the Oak Lawn, and an option for a picnic lunch. Our field trips engage students in cross-curricular learning that supports Louisiana Grade Level Expectations and Common Core Standards. On a Longue Vue field trip, adults and children of all ages, backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities make meaningful connections through hands-on and experiential learning in a safe and dynamic ecosystem.
Field Trip Activities
Depending on group size, teachers can customize their field trip to include Discvoery Garden Exploration, Science-Integrated Field Games & Garden Walk, and a Picnic Lunch.
In the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, students and chaperones rotate between 4 stations where they explore self-directed and engaging activities to uncover knowledge about botany, earth science, ecology, and biology. Chaperones will be given a booklet to help guide them through the stations. The 4 stations include:
- The Design Garden: Recognize elements of garden design; create and water your very own garden.
- The Vegetable Garden: Investigate compost, learn about and dig for worms, study plant structure, and witness the growth of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
- The Herb Maze & Citrus Garden: Explore themed herb beds (like the Culinary Bed, Lemon-Scented Bed, Medicinal Bed, & Sensory Bed, among others), learn about pollination and the butterfly lifecycle, use scientific tools to investigate citrus trees and look for evidence of insects.
- The Secret Garden: Learn about the layers of the forest canopy, rest in the peaceful shade of bamboo, and read an age-appropriate garden-themed book.
We believe in the importance of getting outside and moving! Thanks to a generous grant from the GPOA Foundation, we have expanded our field trips to include science-integrated field games. Guided by staff or self-directed game cards, students and chaperones rotate between field games like “frog metamorphosis yoga”, “dragonfly relay race”, “beetle, beetle, bat” and more – nothing beats learning through play!
Before or after playing games, take a walk through the 8 acres of Longue Vue’s gardens, including the native plant Wild Garden, the edible Walled Garden, the formal Spanish Court and Portico Terrace, and the peaceful Goldfish Pond and Canal Garden.
Lunch (30 min):
Grab your picnic blankets for a relaxing lunch on the big Oak Lawn! Students and chaperones can bring their own lunches to enjoy eating together outside in the shade. After lunch, learn about recycling and compost by sorting your waste into the appropriate bins. Coordinate with your Longue Vue staff member about when you’d like to eat lunch in the day’s schedule – whatever works for you and your students works for us!
Field Trip Options
Please decide on a Field Trip Option before proceeding to the Booking Form.
Less than 40 Students
Option A ($4/participant; 1 hour): Discovery Garden Stations
Option B ($5/participant; 1.5 hours) Discovery Garden Stations & Picnic Lunch
Option C ($6/participant; 2.5 hours) Discovery Garden, Field Games & Garden Walk, and Picnic Lunch
40 Students or More
Groups of 40+ students will be divided in half and take turns visiting the Discovery Garden Stations and Field Games and Garden Walk.
Option D: ($5/participant; 2 hours) Alternate between Discovery Garden/Field Games
Option E ($6/participant; 2.5 hours)Alternate between Discovery Garden/Field Games with a picnic lunch.
Numbers, Pricing and Bookings
- Discovery Garden Capacity: 40 students
- Field Trip Total Capacity: 80 students
- Chaperone Requirement: 1 chaperone per 5 students (Pre-K – 5th grade).
- Available Days/Times: Monday through Friday, between 9:15am and 1pm.
- Payment: Price ranges between $4-$6 per student and depends on Field Trip Option selected. Price applies to students and chaperones. Teachers free. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Payment is due in full upon arrival.
- Scholarships: Full or partial scholarships to cover field trip or transportation costs may be available for qualifying schools. More information about scholarships in FAQs section below. Interest in scholarship can be noted on the Booking Form. Please contact Lauren Rouatt at 504.293.4719 for more information.
In the event of impending rain, the scheduling teacher is responsible for cancelling/postponing the field trip. In the event of rain mid-visit, full payment is still due. We have a few areas of shelter to wait out brief showers, but cannot resume field trip activities indoors.
Longue Vue’s driveway cannot accommodate school buses. Students can safely exit the bus on Bamboo Road and continue by foot up the driveway. School buses must park offsite. Detailed instructions for bus drivers will be provided with the booking contract. Teachers are responsible for relaying this important information to bus drivers. Individuals may park in the Visitor Parking Lot.
Lunch and Snacks
Groups who choose options B, C, D, or E should bring their own lunches. You are welcome to bring a small snack as well. Teachers are recommended to bring blankets for picnic-style lunch on the front lawn. Longue Vue will provide a trash bag, please help students be mindful of litter!
Do you have scholarships for Field Trips?
We have a goal to make quality programming available to all students regardless of financial means. Longue Vue’s Education Fund, supported by grants, sponsors, and individual donations, allows students to attend a field trip at a free or reduced rate. We also have received a generous grant from the PeyBack Foundation, founded by football quarterback (and New Orleans native) Peyton Manning. This grant allowed us to set up a Bus Fund for schools that need transportation assistance.
Education Fund or Bus Fund assistance are available to eligible schools in New Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes for students of all grade levels attending public or nonprofit schools, as well as to children attending after school programs run by public schools or nonprofits. Bus Fund scholarships are only available to groups of 25 students or more. Educators from eligible schools may apply for either the Education or Bus Fund Scholarships on the field trip booking form.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, students are welcome to visit the gift shop with chaperones after their field trip. The shop has a wide selection of items for all ages.
Can we go on a tour of the house?
Let us know if you’d like to go on a house tour. Depending on group size, we can accommodate a house tour in addition to or instead of certain field trip activities.
What should students wear?
Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Close-toed shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty are recommended. Student name tags are helpful for our staff and chaperones!
Do you have field trips for grades 6-12?
We are currently developing field trip curricula for grades 6-12. Field trip groups beyond 5th grade are welcome to come to Longue Vue for a House and Gardens tour, or work with our staff to develop a program that meets your needs! We are happy to work with teachers and develop a field trip specific to the unique needs of your classroom! Please contact: Lauren Rouatt at 504.293.4719 for more information.