The Equine Center for Learning is only a short bus ride away from any of the schools in the Lansing School District! We offer field trips all year—we have a heated indoor arena, so that we can accommodate field trips no matter the weather. We offer a large variety of activities for kids of all ages. Our curriculum incorporates STEM, SEL competencies, and kinesthetic activities.
Option 1: Everything Horse
Our Everything Horse program at ECL is an immersive and hands-on experience with our staff and herd of horses. Students will learn grooming, leading, and get to choose a fun extra activity while gaining comprehensive knowledge about horse care, behavior, and anatomy. An unforgettable journey awaits you in the captivating world of horses!
Activities include the following : Leading & Grooming
Teachers can pick 2 items from the following list to add to the field trip.
- Feeding a Horse
- Horse Colors
- Grooming Relay Race
- Horse Observation & Behavior
- Horse Breeds
- Horse Jeopardy
Option 2: Unicorns & Rainbows
Experience a magical field trip filled with unicorns and rainbows! Students will have a blast exploring colors, unicorns, and unleashing their creative thinking in fun-filled activities. Join us for an enchanting adventure!
Activities include the following: canvas art with the mini horses, leading, color scavenger hunt, unicorn photos, and unicorn relay race.
Option 3: Horse Research
During the field trip, students will be paired up with a horse to gather information about its breed, color, age, height, weight, and feed requirements. Additionally, they will have the exciting opportunity to conduct an experiment with their assigned horse. Before coming to ECL, the class will engage in pre-field trip discussions to plan and prepare for the experiment, with all necessary materials provided by ECL. Get ready for an educational and hands-on experience with our amazing horses!
Activities include the following: Meet the horses, horse height and weight, horse nutrition, personality test, and an experiment.
Teachers can pick 1 experiment from the list below.
- Dominant Hoof Experiment
- Average Speed Experiment
Option 4: Equine Literacy (Only available in the month of March)
Reading benefits students by improving their focus, memory, and communication skills. Our equine literacy program combines the non-judgmental company of our horses and kinesthetic exercises that target various literacy components to develop well-rounded, confident readers.
Activities include the following: Read to a horse, reading river leading, and vocabulary word search with horses.