Field Trip Destinations

Your choices of destinations for field trips will depend on where you live and what your school will allow. Some examples of common field trips include the following:

  • Hands-on museums

  • Traditional museums

  • Historical and archaeological sites

  • Zoos

  • Nature trails

  • Theme parks

Whatever your destination, you need to make sure that you have thoroughly researched it before going. It is best to actually visit the location before taking your students there. At the very least, you should get a detailed map and information concerning exactly what will be scheduled for the students during the day.

Some destinations require teachers to schedule their field trips a great deal of time in advance. For example, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History requires that any visits be scheduled a minimum of four weeks in advance. Popular locations will fill up early, so check with your destination.

Theme-park trips are a special case because students are usually under the least control at these places. If you want the students to have an educational experience and not just ride the latest roller coaster, make sure to have a purpose for your trip. For example, you might be participating in a physics day, where students have to fill out worksheets concerning the laws of physics as they apply to roller coasters and other rides.

Going to a theme park just for the fun of it needs serious consideration. If it is a “reward” for some huge deed, then it might be acceptable, though it still needs to be approved by the administration.

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