Longue Vue offers age-appropriate field trip experiences in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for groups of students and community members of all ages, physical and mental abilities, backgrounds and skill levels. Facilitated by Longue Vue staff, field trips include self-directed, interactive garden exploration and multidisciplinary, cross-curricular learning that supports Louisiana Grade Level Expectations and Common Core Standards. Students make meaningful connections through hands-on experiential learning in an educational natural environment.
Field Trip Activities
Depending on group size, teachers can customize their field trip beyond the garden experience to include a picnic lunch and science-integrated field games.
In the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, students and chaperones rotate between 4 stations where they explore self-directed, engaging activities and uncover knowledge about botany, earth science, ecology, and biology. 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 scaffolded, science-integrated field games. Students and chaperones rotate between 4 self-directed activities based on the following themes:
- Pre-K & K: Pollinators
- 1st & 2nd Grade: Insects
- 3rd & 4th Grade: Amphibians
- 5th Grade: Ecosystems
Field Games include yoga, relays, tag, cooperative games, and imaginative variations of classic activities – all while teaching students about science!
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
Option B ($5/participant; 1.5 hours) Discovery Garden & Picnic Lunch
Option C ($6/participant; 2.5 hours) Discovery Garden, Snack Break, Field Games, Picnic Lunch
40 Students or More
Groups of 40+ students will be divided in half and take turns visiting the Discovery Garden and playing field games.
Option D: ($5/participant; 2 hours) Discovery Garden/ Field Games Rotation (with snack break)
Option E ($6/participant; 2.5 hours) Discovery Garden/Field Games (with snack break & 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. House tours are available Monday through Friday, between 10am and 4pm depending on availability.
- Payment: Price depends on Field Trip Option selected. Price applies to students and chaperones. Teachers free. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. 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. All scholarships will be in the form of reimbursement after full payment of field trip. Interest in scholarship can be noted on the Booking Form. Please contact Lauren Rouatt at 504.293.4719 for more information.
- Booking: Please fill out the Booking Form.
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 lunch and/or snacks. 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 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 visit the rest of the gardens after our field trip?
Field trip groups may walk through the other gardens after their field trip. Please tell your field trip guide if you plan to do this, and please be mindful to stay on the paths and be courteous of other visitors’ experiences.
What should students wear?
Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Close-toed shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty are recommended. Name tags are helpful for our staff, but not required.
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.