Field Trips at Lynden

Ideal for schools, CLCs, home schoolers and other groups of up to 35, a two-hour field trip includes admission to the sculpture garden, a mini-tour or other outdoor activity, and hands-on art-making in our studio or outdoor learning center. Field trips can be adapted for ages 6 through 18. For Field Trips for the Very Young (ages 3-7), click here.

Our year-round field trips (K-12) and field trips for the very young (ages 3-7) combine outdoor exploration and hands-on activities, and address state standards in art and science, common core standards in speaking and listening, and DPI performance standards for environmental education.

All of Lynden's field trips are designed to integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of park, pond and woodland. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, these programs explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative discovery and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden's 40 acres as well as its art studio to create a joyful experience. Resources for use in the classroom before and after the trips are available.

In addition to the integrated field trips, we also offer field trips that focus more deeply on art or nature. Art field trips are built around the sculpture collection and hands-on artmaking. They are designed to enhance understanding of art and design, and particularly the intersection of art and nature that is Lynden's unique feature. These programs enable young people to interpret their visual experiences, develop perception and visual discrimination, and to use their imaginations and creativity to solve problems and create original works. These programs meet several of Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Art and Design Education. The nature field trips--a series of seasonal inquiries--are designed to introduce participants to Lynden's back acres in a safe and unique outdoor experience. They address the DPI standards for environmental education and conclude with an art project that reflects the day's discoveries.

If you are interested in classroom visit, residencies, or other customized programs, please contact Jeremy Stepien at or 414-446-8481.

Weather permitting, groups are welcome to spend an additional hour outdoors exploring the garden or enjoying lunch in our picnic area.

Lynden's summer field trip programs are supported in part by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Children's Experiential Opportunities Fund.

General Information:

Group Size and Chaperones

Field Trips at Lynden are designed for groups up to 35. If you have a larger group, please contact us. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required.


Field Trips at Lynden are offered year-round on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays unless otherwise indicated. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather; students will spend time outdoors during all field trips.


$7 per child (there is a $90 minimum for groups under 15). This includes admission and all other materials. Adult chaperones are admitted free.

Subsidies and assistance with the cost of transportation are available for field trips; awards are based on need. Please contact Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education, at or 414-446-8481.


To register for a Field Trip at Lynden, click here.

Available Field Trips:

Making Spaces into Places: Site Specific Sculpture
Available during the summer, fall and spring
Several contemporary artists have used Lynden as a laboratory to create site-specific sculpture, sculpture that is created to exist in a particular place. We will take a close look at how location and the resources of the garden become part of the process of planning and making site-specific sculpture, and we'll head to the forest or prairie to work in teams to install our own site-specific sculpture using natural materials collected onsite.

Cabinet of Curiosities
Available year-round

Sculpture Construction Techniques
Available during the school year
How do sculptors make their work? We examine assemblage and mosaic casting in two separate but complementary field trips.

  • Assemblage: Mark di Suvero made Poland by assembling scrap metal pieces. Examine construction methods up-close on a mini-tour of works in the Lynden collection, then head to the studio to try your hand at transforming industrial pieces into an organic sculptural form using reclaimed wood, mechanical parts (nuts, bolts, etc.) and stove pipe wire.
  • Mosaic Casting: Casting can be used to produce multiple copies of the same work, or to create smaller units that fit together into a larger work--mosaics, for instance. Examine different casting methods up-close on a mini-tour of the garden, then try your hand at mold and casting methods used by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and other artists in the collection. Cast flat clay forms of different shapes and sizes, explore different ways to embellish their surfaces, and assemble them into a low-relief mosaic tile.

Animals, Symbols & Sculpture
Available during the school year
Explore the way Native Americans and people from non-Western cultures regarded animals, the symbols they used to represent them, and the powers they vested in their animal figures or fetishes. Discover Lynden's own animal sculptures on a mini-tour/treasure hunt, then make your own clay animal fetish in the studio. This field trip is especially suited for younger grades.

Seasonal Outdoor Inquiries
Available during the school year
Students will discover the beautiful back acres of the Lynden Sculpture Garden in a safe and unique outdoor experience. Fields trips address the DPI performance standards for environmental education and conclude with an art project that reflects the day's discoveries. These trips are designed for grades 3-5, but are adaptable for other ages. Adequate clothing, including shoes or boots, required.

  • Big Changes in the Garden (fall): After our warm and sunny summer, how are the plants and animals at Lynden getting ready for winter? There are big changes on the way: falling temperatures, fewer hours of sunlight, reduced access to food. Unlike us, creatures and plants can't get new clothes or turn up the heat to prepare for the change. How do animals and plants adapt to winter in Wisconsin? Come to Lynden to discover how our natural residents are preparing for winter.
  • Winter in the Trees (winter): This environmental education program is designed to answer important questions about trees in winter while revealing the beauty of cold-weather life in Wisconsin. How do we identify our trees in winter, when their leaves are gone? How do trees adapt to winter? Which creatures rely on trees for winter habitat? Using inquiry and hands-on activities, students will explore, build, and interact with trees in a fun and creative way.
  • Springing Out (spring): Just as we grow and change all year long, so do the inhabitants of the Lynden Sculpture Garden. After the quiet of winter, spring bursts out in a surge of energy that transforms the trees, plants, insects, birds and mammals all around us.

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