K-12 Programs at Muller Field Station

A group of students, teachers, and Muller Field Station staff hiking on a nature trail.

Muller Field Station is the ideal location to receive hands-on, place-based environmental education. Students will learn about the region's native flora and fauna while experiencing the outdoors in a fun, comfortable, and inclusive setting.

A group of educators and students learning together outside on a sunny summer day.

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Ready to take your students on an unforgettable trip to the beautiful Honeoye Valley? Fill out our field experience form to get started.

Choose from a variety of educational programming designed for student groups of all ages and learning styles. We accept field experience requests up to one year in advance. Spots fill quickly, so register early.

Can't make it out to the field station? We can bring programming to you.

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Educational Program Topics

The plant and animal diversity found in Honeoye Lake watershed lends itself to a variety of educational programming. Browse the selections below to see where our natural resources, hands-on classrooms, and professional expertise can support your learning goals.

 Lily pad and flower in the Honeoye Inlet.

Aquatic Ecosystem Discovery

Swamp Channel Paddle

Travel by canoe to explore wetland plants and animal signs. Muller educators will discuss how the wetlands support biodiversity and benefit the local watershed. We'll examine how adaptations allow certain animals to live in this distinct environment.

Pond Ecology: Macroinvertebrates

Get a close look at what is living in Muller Pond using hand lenses, field guides, and microscopes. Explore the diversity of macroinvertebrates and aquatic plants and discuss how they relate to the food web, water quality, and ecosystem health.

Water Chemistry

Be your own mad scientist. Use water chemistry kits to get an in-depth look at water samples from the Honeoye Inlet. Learn about pH levels, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, and turbidity and how these variables affect water quality.

Monarch butterfly

Wildlife Exploration

Camera Trap Biodiversity

Discover how to use pictures to observe animal signs and behaviors. Learn about trail camera placement and what evidence can be extracted using trail cameras. Compare images from multiple locations and make predictions about what you'll see.


Learning about birds is not always about what you see — but what you hear. Birding can be done pretty much anywhere, and, in this program, you will be guided in using multiple senses to make observations about our feathered friends.

Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Muller Field Station is a registered waystation for Monarch butterfly conservation. Discover the fascinating lifecycle of Monarch butterflies, including how they grow, their migration to and from Mexico, and what you can do to support them.

Muller Pond and its surrounding wetlands.

Mindful Observation & Inquiry

Nature Journaling

Muller Field Station is the perfect place to practice mindful observation. Nature journaling is a great way to settle the mind, spark curiosity, and explore the senses. Record the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that you find in nature.

A microscope research station for student use.

Virtual & Classroom Visit Programs

Project FeederWatch

Participate in Cornell's interactive Project FeederWatch. Learn about a variety of fascinating birds that visit feeders, dive into their life history, and practice identifying them through careful observation.


Get a close look of what might be living in aquatic systems near you. Discuss how macroinvertebrates and aquatic plants relate to the food web, water quality, and ecosystem health.

The Big 10

The Big 10 at Muller Field Station introduces the ten big mammals that inhabit and visit the MFS landscape.

Custom Programs Available

Not seeing a program that fits your classroom needs? Don't worry — the environmental education experts at Muller Field Station are eager to design new field trip experiences to meet your class goals. Contact us to learn about what options are available.

Next Generation Science Standards

Encourage scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving through current environmental issues and injustices.

Place-Based Education

Connect with your local environment in a meaningful and engaging way. Each season offers something new.

Abby Zanowick. Science Teacher, Canandaigua School District.

"I have been bringing my 9th grade Living Environment students to Muller Field Station for close to 10 years. This field trip is one of my favorite annual activities. The students are always impressed by what types of animals can be found around the corner from their homes — such as bears, bobcats, beavers, and coyotes! Many 9th graders have never even been in a boat before, so they love the channel paddle. Getting a chance to canoe in a wetland is such an amazing experience. They discover the importance of the wetlands while learning that teamwork is necessary to steer a canoe."

— Abby Zanowick
Science Teacher, Canandaigua School District

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Muller Field Station is available for rent. Review our rates and reserve your space today.

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MFS Strategic Plan

Our 2021-2026 strategic plan states our goals and describes how we are making environmental conservation education and stewardship science more accessible every day.

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Faculty & Staff

Maura Sullivan
Director of Muller Field Station
(585) 785-1599
Alexandria Esposito
Assistant Director of Muller Field Station
(585) 785-1615
Chelsea Gendreau
Conservation Education Outreach Coordinator
(585) 785-1615


FLCC Muller Field Station
6455 County Road 36, Honeoye, NY 14471
FLCC Canandaigua Campus
3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424