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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.
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.
- 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.
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!
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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