Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Incorporating field trips into a homeschool curriculum can help students acquire real-life applications of the concepts they are learning and explore culture and art in person. Read on to get some ideas for fun and interactive field trips, and explore corresponding lessons on Study.com.

Local Farms

If you live in or near an area that has a working farm, check to see if they allow student visits. Farms are a great place to learn about several topics, including agriculture, animal care, food sources, crop rotation, and irrigation. You can even incorporate a farm experience into a unit about the journey of food from farm to table.

Planetariums and Science Museums

Check out a nearby science museum and/or planetarium to teach students about space travel, the solar system, useful inventions and important scientific innovators. Museums usually feature interactive exhibits and typically add or change exhibits throughout the year.

City or State Capitol

Reinforce learning of the functions of city and state government by visiting local government buildings. State and city capitol buildings typically offer guided tours that relay historical information about the city and/or state while also describing the building's architecture.

Aquariums & Zoos

Visit nearby zoos and aquariums to teach students about ecosystems and to see sea and reptile species and exotic animals up close, in person. Not only are these trips entertaining, they also usually feature fun facts about the animals and creatures that live there making it an educational experience as well.

Historical Sites

Most places have at least a few historical sites locally or nearby which can be tied into a history lesson or unit. Historical sites can feature preserved buildings and homes or mark the place of significant events or battles. Most all sites include a plaque or sometimes even a tour that can further explain the importance of the site.

Art Museums or Studios

Art museums provide students the opportunity to visually explore artistic expressions in different forms, from paintings to sculptures, all in one place. Sometimes exhibits are rotational, featuring new pieces and artists regularly. Local art studios may also be a viable option if there aren't any art museums nearby. Students may have the opportunity to watch artists in action and perhaps learn about different art forms from different artists.

Orchestra or Theater Performances

Students can learn more about the arts by attending a local theatrical performance or experiencing the orchestra or symphony. Live performances can be inspirational and allow students to hear music in a new way or better understand the role of a performer. You may possibly have the chance to go behind the scenes and explore elements of stage production.

Utility Plants & Recycling Centers

Examine the recycling process at a district recycling center to learn how recycled materials are converted into usable resources. Check with your local water treatment center and power plant to see if they offer educational tours.

Homeschooling Resources from Study.com

If you're looking for more fun ways to supplement your homeschool lessons, Study.com has plenty of resources in just about any subject imaginable, including (but not limited to):

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