Connect classroom lessons on nutrition, health and wellness with a hands-on experience in your local Mariano's store!
Healthy eating is a big part of being a smart shopper. There are so many choices in the grocery store it can be hard to pick the foods that are best for our bodies. Give students the skills they need to make healthy choices on the Be a Smart Shopper! interactive field trip. Concepts reinforced throughout the program include nutrition and serving size, personal care, caring for the environment, and the benefits of staying active. Field Trips are reviewed by dietitians and Field Trip Factory's expert educators to ensure a quality experience that will leave a lasting impression long after the trip is over.
Supports Learning Standards
All Field Trip Factory programs are grade/age appropriate and align with national/local learning standards. (See the program and highlights flyers for more details - available in the Resources Tab above)
Age Range & Duration
PreK - 3 | Approximately ~ 60 minutes
Grades 4 - 6 | Approximately ~ 90 minutes
Group Size Limit
7 - 35 Students(Individual stores may vary group size accomodations - see booking form details)
FREE (You are responsible for transportation for your group to/from the event location )
" My students loved getting to explore the store and talk directly with the employees, including the butcher, cake decorator, and cheese master. "
JoAnna Wg - Uno Charter School Network
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IMPORTANT → Be sure to check out the pre/post field trip activity sheets located in the Resources Tab above
Code of Conduct: • Please let FTF know if you cannot make the scheduled day/time. • Always let us know if your group size is changing. • Please make sure that you have at least 1 adult chaperone for every 8 students in your group AND that chaperones are ready to help the field trip leader, if needed. • Please call FTF with special requests - Do NOT add them in notes where they may go unseen by the store contact. • Please arrange transportation to avoid last minute conflicts and cancellations.
Find below everything you need to easily prepare for your Field Trip, plus helpful resources to make the most of your hands-on learning adventure.
"Many of the children have been talking about their experience since yesterday's trip. They really enjoyed learning about Nutritian and Value as well as trying some goodies."
Maryann L, Great Lakes Military Homeschool Group
After your field trip, look for the How Did It Go? email that will be sent to you from Field Trip Factory. You'll be able to fill out an online Report Card with just a few clicks!
Mariano’s is a proud sponsor of the Be A Smart Shopper program in all of its stores. Roundy’s Supermarkets operates retail grocery stores under the Mariano’s banner in Illinois.
Mariano’s and the Roundy’s Foundation proudly support non-profit organizations that contribute to creating strong families and communities. The Foundation’s goals are to enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we live and do business by giving in the focus areas of hunger relief and helping families in crisis, as related to the intervention and prevention of neglect and abuse.
"The tour guide was excellent and very patient. He explained everything so well. The tour was interesting and fun. The majority of the parents had not visited the store and were really impressed. This was the best field trip for our Girl Scout troop."
Ayanna W, Girl Scouts
"The field trip was great! It was organized and well planned out. The food samples and goodie bags were a really nice bonus. I thought the educational content could have been meatier, but overall it was really great. The kids and adults all loved it...thank you!"
Ellie K, Hamilton Elementary School
"I was so very impressed by the way ALL the staff at Mariano's treated my students! I have told everyone I know about this great experience and even posted it on Facebook! It was a a great experience and Brian was excellent!!!!"
Anne W, Mid Valley Special Education Cooperative
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Trips vary in length and content based upon the grade level of the participants.
If you have multiple grades in your group, please select the median grade.
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