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Field Trips

Not all schoolwork happens in the classroom. Explore ideas for organizing fun adventures and engaging fieldwork for your students.

  • Teacher projects an image of the Louvre museum

    6 Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips

    Teachers can use panoramic photos and videos of locations all around the world to make lessons more engaging.
    Monica Burns
  • Elementary aged girl walks to her outdoor classroom carrying an umbrella and 5-gallon bucket

    Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
  • Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    When we are faced with challenges, our brains are activated to learn new things—so long as a foundation of safety, belonging, and trust is there as well.
  • Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground

    Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground

    When general education students and students with special needs play together, it breaks down unconscious biases about disability and fosters relationships.
  • A group of fourth-grade students play with a peer with special needs in a sandbox during a field trip to a local playground in southern California.

    How to Improve Students With Disabilities’ Sense of Belonging

    By focusing on play, schools are finding ways to bring students with and without disabilities together, to the benefit of both groups.
  • A mobile by Alexander Calder that hangs in the National Gallery of Art

    Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class

    Math trails help students explore, discover, enjoy, and celebrate math concepts and problems in real-world contexts.
  • Elementary school students study may outside classroom

    Teaching Target Language Vocabulary With Micro Field Trips

    For both English learners and world language students, getting out of the classroom can make learning new words more engaging.
  • A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

    5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
  • Group leader participating in Science Action Club with iNaturalist

    Using Smartphones to Support Learning in Nature

    Technology, used appropriately, can be a tool for thoughtful observation, enhancing students’ interactions with the natural world.
  • An elementary student looking at bugs with a magnifying glass in a grassy field

    Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
  • Middle school student chats with a senior citizen

    Social and Emotional Learning in a World Language Class

    Monthly visits to a nursing home taught middle school students empathy and built their confidence as they practiced their Spanish.
  • Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

    Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

    When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world.
  • Travel the World From Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

    Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests nine free virtual field trip apps that bring students the world from the comfort of the classroom.
  • Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

    Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.
  • A group of students and teacher look at an illuminated table map.

    More Than Just Eyes and Ears

    Experiential learning is powerful, and you can create ways for students to learn with all their senses—in and out of the classroom.

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