Field Experience

The Field Experience immerses classrooms of students and their teacher in learning science through inquiry. They conduct investigations and participate in scientific discourse. Participants dialogue with Van Andel Research Institute scientists and view scientists in action in the Institute’s demonstration lab.

Elementary Field Experience

Students learn about the tools of science by conducting an investigation using plants and animals.

Middle & High School Field Experience

Students learn about the use of model organisms in cancer research and investigate the effects of various chemicals on a model organism.

Field Experience can be conducted with up to thirty students per session. Each session is two to three hours in length depending on the age of the students. 


Contact us at or 616.234.5528 for pricing information and to schedule your Field Experience.