New Pioneers is offering FREE nature- based field trips to Kentucky student groups through a new initiative by Lt. Governor Coleman,
the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the
Kentucky Department of Education. 

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth campus
Nelson County

June 15 – July 23 

Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse property
Marion County
July 27 – August 6 

Students will spend the day exploring and learning in various
outdoor settings like woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens.
Time will also be provided for lunch, reflection, and play. 

Programs are open to all K-12 students and can be scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays through a public, private, or home school group. Individual registration is not  available. The
only cost to participating groups is transportation and meal(s).

Teachers or group leaders can schedule a field trip by emailing  the following information: 

  • School/group name                                                          
  • Number of students
  • Grade level(s)
  • Ideal field trip date, with at least one back-up
  • Estimated arrival and departure times


  • Maximum group size 100
  • Minimum group size 10
  • One adult (teacher or chaparone) per every
    10 children


9:30: Arrival and Check-In
Arrive on campus and meet with New Pioneers staff
and volunteers.

10-11: Ecosystem Discovery Walk
Explore connections between plants, animals and the
places they call home.

11-11:30: Nature Art Studio
Create a masterpiece using materials found in nature. 

11:30-12:30: Picnic Lunch Break
Pack a picnic lunch. Lemonade and desserts provided by
New Pioneers! 

12:30-1:30: Insect Safari
Discover the amazing world of insects, spiders,
and their buggy relatives.


Programs are designed for Pre-K-12 children, but New Pioneers members of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is open through noon on Thursday, August 5. To register, please contact or (859) 336-5070 with the following: 

  • Member name, phone number, and email address
  • First name and age of each child
  • Number of additional adults

Registrants will be emailed field trip details, including campus directios, preparation tips, and expectations for the day.

Have questions? Want to learn more? Email Whitney Wurzel at, call (859) 336-5070, or visit 
and meet with New PIoneers staff
and volunteers.