Exciting Educational Adventure Field Trips

About Us

The seeds of the company were sown by a teacher with a desire for teaching children in nature’s classroom. Twenty-six years ago, I joined Build-A-Field Trip as an educational field instructor and began building upon this original vision. Since that time, Build-A-Field Trip has had the privilege of expanding classroom learning to tens of thousands of students.

My passion is travel, education, outside spaces and places. As a child growing up, we lived in Asia, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and the West indies and travelled to more than 20 countries before I turned 12. We finally settled in Florida in the early seventies. My fascination has always been the outdoors, learning about natural environments, and cultural relationships within the natural world. After pursuing my degree in biology, focusing on marine biology, Build-A-Field provided the opportunity to share my passion through environmental education.

Lessons and experiences come alive for students as they explore their natural habitats. This sense of empowerment through hands-on education creates enthusiasm and a desire for learning. Each of our field trips are filled with adventure, fun, and teamwork, making lasting memories and friendships through each experience.

— Gabriella Boll, Director

Gabriella Boll
Alain Pierre-Louis
I am always the happiest when I am in nature. Originally born in Boston, MA. I came to Florida at age 14 to follow my passion of becoming a marine biologist and attended MAST Academy, a marine science magnet high school in Key Biscayne. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to study the ocean. The passion continued and led me to North Carolina where I earned a degree in marine biology.

After graduation, I spent some time traveling and working in Central America, mainly Belize, where I was a field biologist for a marine reserve. Working with local communities I found my passion for teaching conservation and the importance of educating our youth in the field of science. Eventually, I made my way back to sunny south Florida where I started my environmental education career with Build-A-Field Trip and received my master’s degree in marine biology.

Environmental education is such a rewarding experience. My passion for nature flows and sparks inspiration to many students and teachers on our trips. There is no better place to learn about the environment and local ecosystems than visiting them in person.

— Alain Pierre-Louis, Senior Field Instructor

Build-A-Field Trip has a team of dedicated professionals that are highly motivated graduate students, environmental educators, and marine biologists. Striving for excellence and taking pride in their work, all instructors complete an intensive on-site training, are FDLE and FBI level 2 background checked, ASAP camp safety certified, and lifeguard, CPR, AED, First Aid certified.

Instructors teach by stepping out of the classroom and into the environment, allowing students to immerse themselves in science and cultural studies. Through a hands-on approach our team makes the outdoor classroom come to life!

Our programs conform to specific educational standards and our team of extremely qualified instructors enables students to discover for themselves, to see, feel, and hear, the wonders of the natural world we inhabit. Instructors work with teachers toward a common goal to better educate our students in the natural world which ensures the learning continues well after the trip is over.

The Build-A-Field Trip team

Piper Spencer, Science Department Head, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School

I have been taking students on Build-A-Field Trip adventures for the past four years. Prior to this, I had used other field trip companies, but they were lacking in key areas in which Build-A-Field Trip excels: safety considerations, alignment with state standards, opportunities for students to participate in the real science of keeping a journal, collecting and analyzing data, practicing environmental ethics, and enthusiasm. Our annual Build-A-Field Trip adventure is always the highlight of the year for our students and teachers!l

Piper Spencer
Science Department Head, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School

Mr. Paz, Assistant Principal Aventura City of Excellence School

Our school has been traveling with Build-A-Field Trip for over 8 years. Year after year, our students not only enjoy their environmental adventure but also learn immensely from the hands on experiences they encounter. The level of professionalism and commitment has truly been extraordinary!

Mr. Paz
Assistant Principal, Aventura City of Excellence School

Dr. Sandberg, Principal, Franklin Academy

Traveling with students on any one of Build-A-Field-Trip’s field trips is always a true adventure. A true extension of the classroom, our natural environment becomes the venue for learning as their experienced instructors take our Franklin Academy students on exciting trips around Florida. Each year students look forward to their next trip and return with stories of their travels and findings. Thank you Build-A-Field-Trip.

Dr. Sandberg
Principal, Franklin Academy