Educational Field Trips

The Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center serves public, private and charter school communities with outdoor, experiential education opportunities for all ages. Follow the links below to find out more about specific multi-day field trips, trainings, etc.

Environmental Education Program

Outdoor Science, Cultural History & Environmental Studies for 2nd - 6th Grade Students

Immerses students in outdoor, hands-on environmental science on Betsy-Jeff Penn’s 220-acre property, taking advantage of the fields, forests, streams and lakes surrounding the facility. Day Classes and Evening Programs combine to create a fabulous first science experience for younger students. The Center specializes in these overnight programs, but one-day explorations are also available.


Soaring Thru Spaces

Life Skills Development & Character Education for 5th - 8th Grade Students

Utilizes group initiatives, teambuilding challenges (low ropes), high ropes course elements and focused discussions. Betsy-Jeff Penn staff attempt to use the many "teachable moments" that arise in these challenges to increase the life skills and self-efficacy in each student. Intensive overnight programs allow for the most growth, but day programs are also offered.

**Soaring Thru Spaces program is also great for High School, College, and Corporate groups.


Project O.R.I.E.N.T.

GPS-based Outdoor Research In Environmental Sciences, Navigation & Technology for 6th -8th Grade Students

A true middle-school level outdoor science program that complements the intensity with which these students live their life. A giant, multi-day scavenger hunt using GPS receivers and topographic maps leads student groups to various locations on camp for environmental science explorations, math challenges and team decision-making problems. The program is designed and funded for three-day intensive programs, with flexibility in specific content areas.


For more information and pricing details, please contact the Education Director:

Kyle Shillinglaw
336-349-9445 ext. 305
or by email at