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Subject: What kinds of field trips do you do?
Date Posted: 8/8/2007 5:35 PM ET
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Where do you go for field trips? Either where you have gone or where you plan to?

Here are some of ours:

  • bread factory tour
  • salad dressing factory tour
  • state/national parks
  • wolf sanctuary
  • Cat Tales Zoological Park
  • children's museum
  • art museum to see A Trex Named SUe
  • IMAX theater
  • Grand Coulee Dam
  • recycling center

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. Would love to hear yours.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 6:58 PM ET
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Hmm, I've never thought of them as field trips! We've done the Hoover Dam, Arches National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park,

several zoos and museums, the state capitol...

How did you know to go to factories?  How do you find the tours?


Date Posted: 8/8/2007 8:08 PM ET
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well the bread factory is right in town and the other day they had an open house and tours. The salad dressing one a friend told me about. Here is a website that might help


Date Posted: 8/8/2007 9:24 PM ET
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Last year we went to:

Mystic Seaport (CT); CT Renaissance Faire had a school day; national park; zoo, children's museum, A marine center in FL. and a county fair.


Date Posted: 8/9/2007 2:09 AM ET
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Let's see...  We've been to:

Aquarium of the Pacific

tour of Pat & Oscar's restaurant

International Printing Museum

the Alamo in San Antonio

Houston Space Center  (WOW!)

Carlsbad Caverns

Meteor Crater

the Grand Canyon

Heritage Hill (turn-of-the-20th-century schoolhouse)

Angels baseball game

California ScienCenter & IMAX theatre

Some of those were on a family vacation this summer.  The rest were during the normal school year.


edited to add: the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor


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Date Posted: 8/9/2007 8:15 AM ET
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We have one car during the day so our trips have been limited.  But we have been to....

- there is a great kids park in our town, it has a huge wooden playground, it's great for kids and parents,

- toured a missions base is housed on an old Navy ship

- went fishing with dad, exploring new lake areas, on one of these trips saw our first wild alligator

One of our goals for the future is to take at least 6 months traveling the country in an RV.  I want to show my son some of the great places I've been.


Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:47 AM ET
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I would love to travel the country in an RV. My husband, however, is not up for that.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 12:01 PM ET
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Mary C-

Thanks so much for that link!! I have lots of ideas now.

We've been to the Anthony Thomas chocolate factory, the Longaberger basket factory (both here in the Columbus area). Other than that, we regularly go to the zoo, and the local science center called COSI. This year so far I also have plans to go to a local floral conservatory.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 4:45 PM ET
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We do too many to mention, but I did want to write about one thing.  When you visit National Park Service areas, check into the Junior Ranger Program.  It works so well with homeschooling!  My DS has done 15 of them at different parks.  He always receives a certificate of completion, and/or a NPS badge or patch for the park.  We were at Mammoth Cave last week and they announce all of their Junior Rangers as a "special announcment" over the PA system.  He thought that was pretty cool!  There are different activities, or numbers of them they have to complete, for different ages.  You can read about it on the NPS website:


Click on the park you want, then "for kids".  Also, they have wonderful teacher materials, both online and offline.  Always ask at the ranger desk for the teacher packet.  I've been sent $10 books for free before!

There is also a "web rangers" online program, too.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 10:51 PM ET
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we have done:

art museum


Red Cross- ours do safety talks on fire, weather, halloween, germ talk, water safety

archives dept., they have a kid's section

berry picking, strawberries and blueberries

science museum

went to a farm

fire station


Date Posted: 8/10/2007 12:47 AM ET
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You can also become a Junior Webranger online. I am all about the National Park Service. I was going to school to become a park ranger once upon a time........alas, life got in the way and that never happened.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 12:48 AM ET
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Oh I forgot to mention that my daughter got one of those NPS passports that you can get stamped at all NPS sites. We actually bought it at Mammoth Cave. Then the next day we went to Abraham Lincoln's birthplace and got it stamped again.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:31 AM ET
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We've done several of the ones listed, but my favorite has been the stadium tour.  We went to the stadium of our "local" NFL team.  We got to see the boxes, locker rooms, and even go on the field.  The baseball team does a similar tour.  Even the dads liked that tour!

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:45 PM ET
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Hi frugalmom, I love your name. I love to take trips, but one of my children prefers to stay home so we don't go on as many outings as I like. Our usual haunts are in New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park, Broadway theatres, Lincoln Center, Strand bookstore, Union Square farmers market. Whenever we travel to another city, we usually go to a zoo and/or an aquarium and bookstores. We also like to go to the beach. Farther afield, we have been to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Niagara Falls.
Date Posted: 8/11/2007 2:19 PM ET
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We've gone to museums, the Aquarium in Charolette SC, a dairy farm, a horse ranch, a planetarium, raptor center, fire station, and a state park.  I'm hoping to do many more this year!

Date Posted: 8/12/2007 12:46 AM ET
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Are you all aware of the e-field trips web site? You can take your kids on a virtual field trip to many places for free. We've used one on manatees, another on Yellowstone.

DON'T pay attention to the dates listed. You can access the trips anytime you want. Go here.

Date Posted: 8/12/2007 1:04 AM ET
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Thank you Michelle!  I bookmarked the site.  I didn't even know it existed.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 3:38 AM ET
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We've done lots of different ones.


Some favorites have been

  • the local ice cream shop (they do a tour, get to mix their own flavor ice cream & get free samples)
  • the fish hatchery
  • Institute for Creation Research
  • Sea World
  • working ranch
  • animal rescue home
  • various museums



Date Posted: 8/20/2007 12:18 PM ET
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We've done a bunch!  Here are some highlights:

  • National Parks wherever we happen to be living....lately they've included Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley, soon to also include The Valley of Fire.
  • Food Service plant - very cool to see how all the hot lunches were made daily and transported to the local school district.
  • Museums from Alaska to DC to Georgia to Michigan/Ohio to Vegas
  • Aquariums (the National Acquarium in Baltimore is our favorite!)
  • Zoos - believe it or not, the zoo in Anchorage is our favorite zoo!
  • A pumpkin farm
  • A pizzeria where the kids got to learn about the process and then make their own pizzas
  • TONS of free field trip opportunities here in Vegas....almost all of the hotels on the strip have educational exhibits.  The fact that they're free is amazing!!