49 Fun & Educational Field Trips
- Wednesday, July 13, 2005
7. Military or National Guard Installation. Learn about what their duties are, what gear they use, what training they receive, and what types of situations they respond to.
8. A State or National Park. Learn about nature, plants and animals of the area. (Note: In these types of parks - as well as in the other science-oriented places listed in this article - the theory of evolution is usually presented as fact. This can provide a good opportunity for your family to study the Biblical account of creation and the scientific basis for the Christian viewpoint.)
9. Museum. There are large, well-known museums, but there are often small, little-known museums around as well that are quite interesting to visit. Check around your area to see what is available. Again, be prepared for evolutionary content. In addition, some museums (particularly art museums) may contain displays that don't fit your family's standards. Use appropriate parental caution when planning a field trip to these types of places.
10. Lock and Dam. Often there is a display area showing the history of the area and displays where you can learn how a lock and dam works. Plan your visit around a time when a ship or ships are due to pass through.
11. Pioneer Day Events. Many places across the country have special festivals or events where the lifestyle of the pioneers is the main focus. Here you can see pioneer craftsmen, equipment, cabins, clothing, animals and "experience" life as it was in our earlier history.
12. Jewelers Shop. Find a jeweler in your area that creates or repairs jewelry and plan a visit to see the tools and skills used.
13. State Capitol. Visit when congress is in session and sit in the visitor's gallery for awhile. Tour the building looking especially for pictures or plaques commemorating our Godly heritage. As you pass through the halls, pray for our leaders!
14. Lumber Mill. See how lumber is milled and hauled.
15. Ceramics Shop. Learn about the craft and how a kiln works.
16. Veterinarian. Learn about the profession and pet care.
17. Library. Learn about the Dewey Decimal System and how to use it. Learn to use the card catalog or computerized cataloging system your library uses.
18. Virtual Financial "field trip". Use a financial planner on your home computer with your children to learn all about interest on loans and savings/investments. Play around enough with the program so they really learn just how much more buying something on credit costs versus buying it with cash. Using a savings calculator let them see how much their allowance or other savings could earn if they didn't spend it for a period of time.
19. Bank. Visit a local bank or credit union to learn about the different types of accounts and services they offer. This is a great way to follow-up #18 above. If your children don't already have savings accounts, this may be a great time to open one!
20. Recycling Center. Learn about what they recycle, how they do it and what their end products are used for.
21. 4-H Fair. See the different projects 4-H kids are involved in, from crops and animals, to baking, crafts and more.
22. Zoo. I've always enjoyed trips to the zoo! A word of caution, however: You may want to avoid the zoo during the spring season when many animals are "active" in ways you may not want to view as a family.
23. Old Cemetery. Make rubbings of old markers. Find the oldest marker. Look for interesting names and dates.
24. Planetarium. Watch out for evolutionary content here as well.
25. Local TV Station. Plan your trip to coincide with the News program. A trip to the TV Station ties in nicely with a unit study on weather, especially if you can talk with the weatherman and learn more about his job.
26. Dental Lab. See the different tools and methods used to make or fix teeth or dental appliances.
27. Botanical Garden. This is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of plants.
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