George Lucas Educational Foundation

Field Trips

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

  • Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to Engage Your Students With No-Cost Technology

    Online 3D scans give students close-up views of historical artifacts and natural wonders, all without the cost and tactical considerations of a field trip.
  • 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.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Virtual Field Trips

    How can you broaden your kids' horizons without actually going anywhere? These videos and resources for virtual field trips will inspire you to try a few engaging web-based explorations.
  • Come Along and Ride on a Google Expedition

    With a smartphone and a simple virtual viewer, students can travel at any time, to any place, at the teacher's preferred pace, and for free.
  • Mindfulness at School Outside the Classroom

    To help students understand the power of mindfulness, consider practicing it outside of a classroom setting, whether through sports activities, wilderness programs, or retreats.
  • Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

    Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.
  • Learning on the Go

    Frequent, focused field trips that connect to the curriculum show students how learning continues outside of the classroom.
  • 8 Ways to Liven Up the Museum Field Trip

    Artist and teacher Stacey Goodman offers up strategies for making museum field trips more exciting for students.
  • Outdoor and Environmental Education: Resource Roundup

    Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Travel for Teachers

    Whether you have the resources to travel internationally or just take a short trip, traveling can be enriching both personally and professionally for educators. Watch the videos in this playlist for some ideas!