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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.

2018-19 Field Trips

Includes our staff leading a handmade paper making activity and one demonstration for your group. Field trips are for groups of 15 students or more who attend public and private schools, or daycares and civic groups.  

Times: Offered Monday-Friday at 9:00-11:00 AM or 12:00-2:00 PM

Cost: $4/student  

Students will be divided into two smaller groups. Each group will get a short 10-minute introduction and then engage in a 40-minute-long handmade paper activity and then a 40-minute demonstration. PDC staff will guide the students in the paper making and perform the demonstration. The remaining 30 minutes will allow the students the opportunity to self-tour the exhibits. Total time 2 hours. 

Maximum number of students is 60 and the minimum number is 15.

Demonstrations To Choose From...

Grades: Pre-K and Kindergarten: 


A fun activity for the younger students with learning the parts that make up a tree, the products that we make from trees, careers that involve forests and the animals that find a home in a tree. Plenty of student participation with this activity.

Standards met: 

SL.K.2 Speaking and Listening Standard is: Confirm understanding of information presented orally by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

SL.1.2 Speaking and Listening Standard is: Ask and answer questions about key details in information presented orally or through other media.

A.4.4 Questioning and Analysis Standard is: Communicate their understanding to others in simple terms. Through verbal and dramatic expression, students gain experience in communicating their understanding to others throughout this lesson.

B.4.4 Energy and Ecosystems Standard is: List the components of an ecosystem, including the qualities of a healthy habitat. By studying a forest ecosystem and learning the parts of a tree, students comprehend the various, interrelated components of an ecosystem and the items necessary to keep that habitat healthy.

K-LS1-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Standard: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive. Students learn the parts of a tree and play a game to assemble all the parts that a tree needs to survive.

K-ESS3-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Standard: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals and the places they live. Students learn the parts of a tree and play a game to assemble all the parts that a tree needs to survive.

SL.K.6 Speaking and Listening Standard: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly. Students participate in discussions and share their thoughts throughout the lesson.

K-LS1-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Standard: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive. Students learn the parts of the tree and forest and how they interact with each other.

NR1.b.1.e: List and describe differences in trees.

NR1.b.3.e: Match names to wildlife species.

NR3.a.1.e: Define harvesting related to tree products.

NR3.a.7.e: List ways to enjoy natural resources.

PS1.a.2.e: Observe and describe changes in plants as the seasons change.

PS1.b.2.e: Match fruit to the plant structure that produces it and compare seeds of plants.

PS1.c.2.e: Identify environmental products from trees.

PS2.a.1.e: Define the elements that plants need to grow successfully.

PS2.c.1.e: Describe what elements plants use for food.

Grades: 1st-5th 

Static Electricity 

The fascination with magnets and the power of lightening appeals to all ages. We use electricity every day, powering a multitude of devices that we take for granted and yet most people do not understand much about electricity. We will work with the students to get them to understand the basics of static electricity and provide several cool demonstrations with our Van der Graff generator—including bubbles and a Barbie doll. 

 Standards met: 

SCI.CC2.K-2 Students learn that events have causes that generate observable patterns. They design simple tests to gather evidence to support or refute their own ideas about causes. 

SCI.CC2.3-5 Students routinely identify and test causal relationships and use these relationships to explain change. They understand events that occur together with regularity may or may not signify a cause and effect relationship. 

SCI.CC3.3-5 Students recognize natural objects and observable phenomena exist from the very small to the immensely large. They use standard units to measure and describe physical quantities such as mass, time, temperature, and volume. 

SCI.CC5.3-5 Students understand matter is made of particles and energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects. Students observe the conservation of matter by tracking matter flows and cycles before and after processes, recognizing the total mass of substances does not change.  

SCI.SEP6.A.K-2 Students use evidence and ideas in constructing evidence-based accounts of natural phenomena. Use information from observations (firsthand and from media) to construct an evidence-based account for natural phenomena. 

SCI.SEP6.A.3-5 Students use evidence to construct explanations that specify variables which describe and predict phenomena. This includes the following: Construct an explanation of observed relationships. Use evidence to construct or support an explanation. Identify the evidence that supports particular points in an explanation.  

SCI.PS2.B.3 Some forces act through contact, some forces (e.g. magnetic, electrostatic) act even when the objects are not in contact.  

SCI.PS2.B.5 The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth’s surface pulls that object toward the planet’s center.

Paper Strength   

Sponsored by Scheels and the SECURA Insurance Company Charitable Fund 

With this demonstration your students will get to form hypothesis on how much weight a sample of paper will hold. In this fascinating, hands-on program, the students will participate in the experiment. We typically test brown paper bags, copier paper, newspaper and a paper towel. If time allows we will even show how strong a Dixie cup is.  

Standards met: 

SCI.ETS1-2. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved. 

SCI.ETS2.A.K-2 Science and engineering involve the use of tools to observe and measure things.

SCI.ETS2.A.3-5 Science and technology support each other. Tools and instruments are used to answer scientific questions, while scientific discoveries lead to the development of new technologies. 

SCI.ETS2.B.K-2 Every human-made product is designed by applying some knowledge of the natural world and is built by using natural materials. Taking natural materials to make things impacts the environment. 

All Grades 

Hand-made Paper 

This is the most favorite activity that we do. We will take the students, step by step, from using recycled paper to a completely newly formed piece of paper of their own making. Completely hands-on and one that students remember for a long time. 

Standards met: 

SCI.PS1.B.2 Heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. Sometimes these changes are reversible, and sometimes they are not. 

SCI.ETS2.B.K-2 Every human-made product is designed by applying some knowledge of the natural world and is built by using natural materials. Taking natural materials to make things impacts the environment. 

ART AND DESIGN COMMUNICATING: VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND EXPRESSION E.4.1 Communicate basic ideas by producing studio art forms, such as drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, fibers, and ceramics. 

VISUAL THINKING: H.4.3 Show differences among colors, shapes, textures, and other qualities of objects in their artwork. 

Reservation Information

  • A minimum of three weeks’ advanced notice for scheduling a field trip is required. 
  • Payment may be made with a credit card by phone or with a check or money order made payable to the Paper Discovery Center.  
  • Groups are considered registered after the Paper Discovery Center has received payment in full. Passes, coupons, memberships may not be used toward payment.  
  • Payment is due three weeks prior to the scheduled field trip date and is non-refundable. 
  • The Paper Discovery Center cannot accommodate unscheduled groups. Groups arriving without a reservation will be declined admittance. 
  • Chaperones are included free of charge, up to a ratio of one adult chaperone for every 5 students. Additional adults will be charged at the student rate ($4). 
  • Groups arriving late will result in your activities being cut short.  It is best to call to let us know you are running late- 920-380-7491 Due to staff scheduling and other group arrivals we cannot adjust the field trip times for late arrivals. 
  • Groups arriving earlier than the scheduled time will not be admitted into the building until the stated time. 
  • Lunch space- We no longer offer this option. 

To schedule your visit, please contact The Paper Discovery Center at: or call 920.380.7491 ext. 203.

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