Field Trips

Working with local educators, Longue Vue has developed field trip experiences in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden that offer a multidisciplinary, cross-curricular approach to including elements of social studies, language arts, mathematics, and the visual arts into a science-based course of study. Art and history-focused tours of the historic house are also available. Longue Vue’s youth and family educational field trips serve children of all ages, physical and mental capabilities, backgrounds, and skill levels. All field trip experiences support Louisiana Grade Level Expectations and Common Core State Standards.

 

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Visiting Longue Vue's Outdoor Classroom - Click here to book.

Let’s Get Growing: Grades Pre-K to 2
Learn to be a gardener in the Discovery Garden.  Students, teachers, and chaperones will visit garden stations and explore age-appropriate science concepts through hands-on gardening activities.  Crush herbs, dig for worms, work together to design a garden, plant a seed, and enjoy a quiet moment in Longue Vue’s leafy garden reading area.  Garden guests will record their observations on a take-home “trip sheet” for further classroom discussion.
Time: 60 minutes
Capacity: 80 students and chaperones.

Garden Investigation: Grades 3 to 5
With the guidance of teachers and chaperones, students become garden investigators in this engaging exploration of garden stations in the Discovery Garden.  Help pollinate plants, undertake an olfactory herb scavenger hunt, make real world connections between the foods people eat and the plants on which they grow, and become a landscape architect.  Students will participate actively in recording their observations on a take-home “trip sheet” for further classroom discussion.
Time: 60 minutes
Capacity: 55 students and chaperones

What's Your Soil Type? Scientific Workshop: Grade 4 and 5
Students will examine soil, learn what it's made of, where it comes from, its function and benefits to plants, humans, and other animals. Explore how to distinguish particles by sight and touch in this science-based investigative field trip.
Time:  60 minutes
Capacity: 35 students and 6 chaperones

 

The links below currently show how Longue Vue Discovery Garden Field Trips support Louisiana Grade Level Expectations.  We are in the process of updating these forms to demonstrate how our field trips meet the Common Core State Standards.  For more information, contact Jen Cohn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pre-K               Kindergarten               First Grade               Second Grade               Third Grade               Fourth Grade               Fifth Grade

 

Visiting Longue Vue's Historic House - Click here to book.

Students will learn about history, architecture, and civic engagement as they relate to Longue Vue and New Orleans, while investigating the various elements of art, design, and artistic message described below.

What is Art? Shape and Color: Grades 1 to 3
Explore and learn basic art elements during a tour of Longue Vue and its Modern Art Gallery, followed by an art workshop where students will have the opportunity to create their own modern work of art. Students will explore basic art elements and techniques while exploring Longue Vue's inspiring Modern Art Gallery, featuring well known artists' work.
Time:  1.5 hours
Capacity: 40 students and 5 chaperones

House and Garden Tour: Grades 4 to 12
Embark on an engaging tour of historic Longue Vue house. Students will learn architectural elements and design while exploring 18th to 20th century art and artifacts in this customized field trip. Explore the lives of Longue Vue's founders, Edith and Edgar Stern, by looking at their interest in civic engagement, architecture, interior design, and art. Tour Longue Vue's "garden rooms" and learn about their history and landscape design. Longue Vue educators are happy to work with teachers to develop a hands-on field trip specific to the academic needs of your unique classroom.
Time:  1.5 hours
Capacity: 40 students and 5 chaperones

Look!  Architecture Scavenger Hunt: Grades 4 to 7
Students learn about Longue Vue’s architectural elements, then use what they’ve learned in an educational game of “eye spy.”
Time:  1.5 hours
Capacity: Varies with student grade level and tour focus.

Decorative Arts and Design:  Grades 8 to 12
Students are invited for an in depth exploration of Longue Vue’s 18th to 20th C. art and artifacts.
Time:  1.5 hours
Capacity: Varies with student grade level and tour focus.

Workshops and Special Programs
Longue Vue Educators are happy to work with teachers to develop a program specific to the academic needs of your unique classroom.  Please contact Jen Cohn at 504.293.4721 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 

What You Need to Know

Teachers and Chaperones
There is a minimum requirement of one chaperone for every six students eight and younger and for every ten students nine and older.

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Field Trip Times
Field trips in the Discovery Garden are scheduled at set times Tuesday through Friday between 9:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., depending on availability; please refer to booking form for details.  House tours are available Tuesday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., depending on availability.

Download "What to Expect Upon Arrival" Field Trip Schedule

Payment
$4 per student or chaperone for Discovery Garden field trips, with teachers always admitted free!  Per student cost varies for Wild Garden programs, house tours, and specialty programs.  Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover and is due in full upon arrival.

Large Groups
Due to the limited space in the Discovery Garden and the historic house, Longue Vue is unable to accommodate groups above the recommended sizes indicated above.  Longue Vue encourages large groups to visit over several days or to stagger their arrival times.  Please contact a Longue Vue Educator at 504.293.4721 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about accommodating larger groups.

Weather
Outdoor field trips will be rescheduled when raining.  In case of inclement weather, please call 504.293.4721 or 504.293.4723 the day of your visit to reschedule.

Bus Parking
Longue Vue’s driveway will not accommodate school buses.  After unloading on Bamboo Road, 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.

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Lunch or Snacks
Groups may bring their own lunches or snacks and eat onsite depending upon space availability.  Advance arrangements must be made with a Longue Vue Educator.  Longue Vue charges a $25 fee for groups to enjoy lunch on the grounds.  Teachers are recommended to bring blankets, as groups have lunch picnic-style on the front lawn.

 

What are people saying about Field Trips?

"Thank you once again for making our field trip so amazing and memorable. The scholars loved visiting Longue Vue and couldn't stop talking about it on the bus ride back to school. When it was time for the scholars to reflect on and write about what they learned from the visit, their pages were filled with worms, watering cans and gardens.

Thank you so much for making the gardens truly come alive to all of us!"

~~Margaret