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A field trip to the Paper Discovery Center integrates science, art and history with an inspiring and relevant industry example that is strongly connected to Wisconsin’s heritage. The Paper Discover Center is housed within an historic paper mill overlooking the Fox River.


To book your field trip, please review our CALENDAR for open dates, call the Paper Discovery Center at 920.380.7491, send an email to or complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. An email confirming your request will be sent to you.

Advance registration is required. We are unable to offer field trips, or group tours, on Saturdays.

Time Allotment

Field trips can be expected to take approximately 2 hours. 9:00 - 11:00 AM and 12:30 - 2:30 PM are our recommended time slots but these can be adjusted to suit your group.

Rates and Chaperones

  • Field trip rates are $4 per student, with a $45 minimum charge.
  • Minimum group size is 15 students and the maximum is 60 students.
  • Chaperones are free with a required ratio of 1 adult per 5 students.
  • Additional chaperones are $5 per person.
  • The driver of the bus receives complimentary admission.
  • Groups are charged based on a confirmed reservation.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 2 days prior to your scheduled visit. You may reschedule your visit for another date with a minimum 48-hour notice. Cancellations with less than 48-hour notice may not be refunded. We do not refund for individuals who are unable to attend field trips.
  • A space for lunch is also available for an additional $35. Please reserve space when making your reservation.

Payment in full is due at least one week prior to your field trip in the form of check (made out to the Paper Discovery Center) or credit card payment (Visa and Mastercard).


The Paper Discovery Center offers a wide range of programs tailored specifically for participating Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scout groups. Scouts come from all over the Midwest to participate in programs offered at the Paper Discovery Center. Our Scout programs offer unique and personalized opportunities for Scout troops to discover the world of paper through hands-on scientific activities, while meeting their badge requirements as well.

Scout Leaders, please review our CALENDAR for open dates to schedule your visit to the Paper Discover Center.

Earn your badges here at The Paper Discovery Center!

To schedule your visit, please contact The Paper Discovery Center at: or call 920-380-7491.
An email confirming your request will be sent to you.

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Summer Science Series

The Paper Discovery Center’s Summer Science Series, sponsored by SCA, will explore the fascinating, evolving and sometimes just plain gross topic of hygiene. Through a series of hands-on interactives and experiments, visitors will examine the trillions of microbes that live in, on and around us! We will examine how hygiene products have helped in the fight against the spread of disease, and find out what life was like before tooth brushes and toilet paper.


Thanks to SCA’s generous support, these programs are INCLUDED in our price of museum admission.

June 12 - 24

Me, Myself and My Microbes

Did you know that your body is covered in trillions of microbes? Most are good, but a few are nasty! We take an in-depth look at the importance of hand-washing, debating soap vs. hand sanitizer. Then, learn how far the average sneeze catapults germs into the air, test the dirtiest part of your body, and learn how sugars cause a feeding frenzy for the microbes in your mouth.

June 26 - July 8

Home is Where the Germs Are

From the dust mites floating through the air to the mold spores nestled in the kitchen sponge, your house is teeming with bacteria, and we haven’t mentioned the bathroom yet! Delve into the microbial underworld that populates the air your breath, the food you eat, and the home in which you live. Then, go home and enter the PDC’s “germiest home” competition via social media. If you weren’t a germaphobe before, you might become one after this visit!

July 10 - 28

Hygiene and Germs in the Commun-ick-y

You wash your hands, but does everyone, and should you care? Follow the journey of a germ from one unwashed hand as it travels around the Paper Discovery Center using a microbe scavenger hunt. Then, investigate the dirtiest places and items in your neighborhood and experiment with fun ways to clean them. In addition, we will explore what happened when dangerous bacteria, in the form of the Black Plague, were once responsible for wiping out entire communities.

July 25 - August 5

World Wide Outbreak!

Would you drink water from your bathtub? Or cook with water from your toilet? In some parts of the world, dirty water is a hygiene nightmare. This segment of the Summer Science Series will let you examine what may be floating in your water supply, and test different ways to get rid of them. Also, learn what happened when the deadly influenza virus spread across the globe in 1918, and how advances in medical hygiene have saved countless lives.

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Adult Workshops & Events


Jane Austen On Paper

Enjoy creating your own Coptic stitched blank book while guided by Jane Austen in this unique 2-hour workshop. Participates must be at least 18 years of age and older. Preregistration and prepayment will be required. Limit to only 8 people at each session. Cost is $25 per person. Sessions are:

October 28, 1-3 am

October 28, 6-8 pm

November 11, 1-3 am

November 11, 6-8 pm

Introduction to Letterpress Workshop

 A great class for beginners! This introductory workshop focuses on hand setting wooden and metal type, using found images, setting up the press, and printing. Each participant will design a simple project to gain confidence in order to explore the medium independently. A variety of papers, inks, and embellishments will be available, but please feel free to bring anything else that might enhance the experience. Cost is $75 per person for all three sessions. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Space is limited so reserve your spot by the October 19th deadline.

Oct. 26, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 from 6-8 pm

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It's never too early to let Santa know your Christmas wishes!
Join Mrs. Claus Friday, November 17th from 5:00-7:30pm for an evening of fun at the Paper Discovery Center. Write a letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole in our magic mailbox! Enjoy music, crafts, activities and experiments from our "Frozen: Science and Art" exhibit. Cocoa and cookies will be served.

Tickets are $3 for children ages 3 & up and seniors, $4 for adults. PDC members receive FREE admission to this event. Registration not required. Check the Paper Discover Center Facebook page for updates.

Snowflake Blocks- Paper Crafting Workshop

Select, prepare and paint wooden blocks to hold your beautiful hand-cut paper snowflakes. this project is customizable with different colors or the addition of glitter. $15 per person. Preregistration is required. All materials and supplies are provided. This workshop is designed for adults, or children 13 and over with an accompanying adult. Space is limited- reserve your spot by November 14th.

November 18, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Paper Bead Jewelry- Paper Crafting Workshop

Create gorgeous gifts out of paper beads you make yourself. We provide everything you need to make a necklace and bracelet, and teach you techniques to make more at home. $15 per person. Preregistration is required. All materials and supplies provided. This workshop is designed for adults, or children 13 and over with an accompanying adult. Space is limited-reserve your spot by December 5th.

December 9th, 1-3 pm