Field Trips For Places "With Nothing To Do"

1.  Outdoor architecture tour.  Scope out local examples of different styles of architecture, or different examples of architectural features--friezes, roman versus gothic arch, doric column, etc.  Then take the students on a bus or walking tour and have them make sketches.

2.  Tree tour.  Scope out a walking tour of ten - twenty different trees.  Revisit at different seasons to learn how to recognize trees by leaf, by bark, by shape, etc.

3.  Star tour.  Teach constellations and myths to the students.  Then take them to a place freer of light pollution, perhaps on the night of an eclipse or meteor shower. 

4.  Local concert--there must be some local music group worth taking all your students to hear.  Teach them about the music they'll hear and see if they can even ask questions of the musicians.

5.  Closest nursery greenhouse.  Take students to see how the greenhouse works, what kinds of plants they raise and how.

6.  Local cemetary.  Invite someone to come and tell stories of great men and women in the community and then take students to see and pray at a cemetary where some of these people might be buried.  Let students see the different kinds of images and inscriptions on the tombs.  When you go back, talk about the spiritual works of mercy.

7.  Check out this database at the National Register of Historic Places and find historic landmarks in your area.  My little state at 1778 places that qualified.  You can research these places; then take students to see anything nearby, have them tour it, draw it, and discuss its significance.  They also have a nice photostream of historic places.  Take pictures and add them; or view the pictures and get ideas.  I got bogged down in learning about my own home.

8.  Church tour.  Visit, observe, and draw outstanding church architectural features or stained glass images, iconography, etc. in churches around your area.

9.  Visit a local small farm or farmer's market or local business.  The students can learn and maybe even work.

10.  Combine a field trip with a service project and take students to some place where they can package food for the poor or clean or play with kids at a family shelter, etc.  Your students will learn a lot.

Of course, if you have museums and battle fields and service projects and aquariums, etc. nearby, then you need read no further.

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