Field Trip Friday Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to attend Field Trip Friday?

Thanks to the generosity of the Junior League of Jackson membership, Handy Helpers, and our corporate sponsors, Field Trip Friday is offered at no cost to our invited second grade and special education students. Special education students from all grades are welcome to attend.

What will we do? See? Learn?

Students will explore equipment representing Forestry and Agriculture, Emergency, Government and Military, Utility, Manufacturing and Construction industries. They will be able to climb in and on the vehicles that make our world work while they also interact with the equipment operators. New this year, the students will have an opportunity to explore S.T.R.E.A.M. related Interactive Booths.

What curriculum will we receive?

Prior to the event you will receive activities, resources, and reading suggestions that align with national standards.

How long is the field trip?

We will be open for field trips between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will work with you to plan your arrival and departure times based on your needs and the needs of other schools attending. Generally, you can expect to spend 2-4 hours on-site.

How many chaperones will we need?

One adult per 6 – 8 children is recommended. If you have concerns or a special needs student/class please let us know. We regret that we are unable to accommodate excessive chaperones or siblings.

Will transportation be provided? What about parking?

No. Schools are responsible for transportation to and from the event. Parking will be available on-site at Trustmark Park. Volunteers will be available to assist with parking as you arrive.

What happens when we arrive?

You will be greeted at the bus by one of our Touch A Truck® Jackson volunteers who will brief you on what to expect for the day and assist you with entry procedures.

What else is needed for Field Trip Friday?

All attendees must have a signed liability waiver to gain entrance to Field Trip Friday. Parents/guardians must sign the form for each child planning to attend. Waivers must be signed and returned in advance of the event for all attendees.

What if it rains?

Field Trip Friday is a rain or shine event. In the event of inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstances, the Junior League of Jackson reserves the right to cancel the event.

Directions to Trustmark Park

1 Braves Way, Pearl, MS 39208

From North of Jackson (1-55 S, I-20 E)

Take I-55 S toward McComb. Merge onto 1-20 E via Exit 94 toward Meridian/Hattiesburg. Take the US-49 exit (Exit 47 B) toward Flowood and merge onto US-49. Turn right onto Highway 80 at the stoplight. Turn right on Bass Pro Drive and follow Bass Pro Drive and turn left into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

From South of Jackson (I-55 N, I-20E)

Take I-55 N toward Jackson. Merge onto I-20 E via EXIT 92 B toward Meridian. Take the US-49 exit (Exit 47 B) toward Flowood and merge onto US-49. Turn right onto Highway 80 at the stoplight. Turn right on Bass Pro Drive and follow Bass Pro Drive and turn left into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

From West of Jackson (US Hwy 80)

From US-80, after the US-49 stoplight, turn right on Bass Pro Drive and follow Bass Pro Drive and turn left into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

From South of Jackson (US Hwy 49)

Take the US-49 exit (Exit 47 B) toward Flowood and merge onto US-49. Turn right onto Highway 80 at the stoplight. Turn right on Bass Pro Drive and follow Bass Pro Drive and turn left into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

From East of Jackson (US Hwy 80)

From US-80, turn right on Childre Drive and follow Childre Drive south and turn right into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

From East of Jackson (I-20 W)

From I-20 westbound, take the US-49 exit (Exit 47) toward Flowood and merge onto US-49. Turn right onto Highway 80 at the stoplight. Turn right on Bass Pro Drive and follow Bass Pro Drive and turn left into the North or South parking lots of Trustmark Park.

For more information, contact our events team at tatspecialevents@jljackson.org