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.

  • Using Smartphones to Support Learning in Nature

    Technology, used appropriately, can be a tool for thoughtful observation, enhancing students’ interactions with the natural world.
    Todd Kutyla
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • 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.
  • 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.