EHC K-12 Programs

Field Trip Programs

Field Trips

As the world's first academic community built from below the ground up specially for the study of sustainability, Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus is a living laboratory that offers opportunities to introduce sustainability related topics into K-12 education in the Pittsburgh area.


Transportation

Transportation services to and from the Eden Hall campus are available for groups with at least a month's notice. The transportation services we offer free of charge are: 24 passenger shuttle and 40 passenger shuttle. Bus availability is dependent on other internal shuttle demands.

*Please note that if the shuttle driver calls out on the day of a field trip, shuttle services will not be provided for your group. Groups are welcome to explore outside options for transportation to and from the Eden Hall campus.


Activities

At the moment, we are offering a reduced range of activities. Please see below for current options

+Farm and Garden Service

Recommended for Grades K-12
What does a spring day working on the farm look like? Learn about different types of farming and gardening and why we chose to create an agroecology garden here at Eden Hall Campus. Get your hands in the dirt as you help our farmers with some of their work for the day. You might be mulching, weeding, harvesting, planting seeds or any number of things with us. Activities vary by season and are appropriate for all ages.

+Campus Tour

Recommended for Grades 4-12
Explore what sustainability means in the world's first academic community built for sustainable living and learning. Let us show you how we manage our food, water, power, and waste systems. Leave with an understanding that sustainability is possible in every community, and that every little bit gets us all closer to a more sustainable planet.


Schedule

Click on a sample itinerary.

Chaperone to Student Ratio: 1 chaperone : 10 students.


Lunch Options & Water

Groups with under 20 participants are welcome to go through the lunch line in our cafeteria for $9.80 per person, which includes an all-you-can-eat meal and beverages. Due to time constraints, we request that larger groups bring bagged lunches or sign up for a family style lunch. Family style lunch is $10.80 per person.

Family-style lunches consist of rotating menus that follow our regular cafeteria meal calendar and are supplemented with our farm-grown produce at Eden Hall when available. Students will sit at tables of ten, share platters of food, and will dispose of their food waste through a facilitated conversation. Please indicate on your registration form whether you are interested in lunch line, family-style lunch, or will be bringing bagged lunches. Please see our scholarship rubric below to see if you qualify for a partial or full lunch scholarship.

We have a few water bottle filling areas around campus but are very limited with water fountains, so please bring reusable bottles for the day. Here is a map of all the water access points on campus. If students forget to bring a bottle, we have extras that can be used during your visit and returned before you depart campus


TEACHERS TESTIMONIALS

I feel better equipped to educate
not just my family, but our school and
our community as well so
they can be more sustainable.

I LOVED the connection of the sustainable practices in real life followed immediately by
hands-on activities that directly
connected them to the learning!

Excellent to see the positive impact
people can have on the planet!

I hope we'll be working together for a long time!

Well paced, well structured, engaging content.

The program is flexible in terms of adjusting the students' interests throughout the day and providing in-depth instruction
to complement existing curricula.

The staff was great with the kids. They were very knowledgeable and obviously
enthusiastic about the subject matter.



Navigation

Here is a map of campus with drop-off and parking locations.

Map of Drop off location

Directions

ADDRESS

Eden Hall Campus
6035 Ridge Road
Richland Township, PA 15044-9746
Please do not confuse our campus with the Eden Hall Upper Elementary school, which is at the corner of Bakerstown and Ridge Road.



Program Fees

High Season (April to August) Prices
  • 2-hour campus tour: $5 per student
  • 4-5 hour hands-on visit: $15 per student
  • All fees are waived for high school groups that are interested in including a 30 min college prep session with Chatham's Admissions Office during your visit
Low Season (September to March) Prices
  • 2-hour campus tour: $5 per student
  • 4-5 hour hands-on visit: $10 per student
  • All fees are waived for high school groups that are interested in including a 30 min college prep session with Chatham's Admissions Office during your visit

Scholarships

We are excited to offer full and partial scholarships available for all of our field trip costs. Our scholarships cover program fees and lunch (when available) and are offered on a needs-based sliding scale. We award full scholarships to schools who meet thresholds in at least 2 of 4 categories: percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch, percentage of students of color, percentage of english language learning students, and percentage of special education students.

Partial scholarships are also awarded based on how your group meets thresholds within these four categories. Scholarships awarded for lunch and program fees will be applied directly to the invoice. Please see the rubric below for more information. You may submit your filled out rubric in our field trip registration form.


What to Expect Once You've Registered

Eden Hall's K-12 Field Trip Coordinator will email you with follow-up information upon your registration, including a draft itinerary and invoice. At this time, you can make any adjustments to your registration.

Your final packet includes an itinerary, invoice, chaperone information sheet, tick prevention fact sheet, and a pre-visit lesson plan that we highly suggest using to enhance student learning experience on campus. Signed permission slips are also required for all participants. Please note that trip registration forms must be turned in at least 3 weeks in advance to the requested trip dates. Additional forms must be turned in at least 1 week prior to the date of your visit


Cancellation Policy

Program Fees
  • Cancellations made at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled field trip will not be charged.
  • Cancellations made 2-4 weeks prior to the scheduled field trip will be charged 25% of the estimated cost of the visit.
  • Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled field trip will be charged 50% of the estimated cost of the visit.
  • Same day cancellations not due to inclement weather will be charged 100% of the estimated cost of the visit.
Lunch Fees
  • Cancellations made more than 3 business days before the scheduled field trip will not be charged for lunch.
  • Cancellations made within 3 business days of the scheduled field trip will be charged 25% of the estimated cost of lunch.
  • Cancellations made the same day of the scheduled trip will be charged 100% of the estimated cost of lunch.