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Friday, April 18, 2014

National Parks: Treasures for Teachers - Field Trips and Institutes

What sort of Field Trips and Institutes are available?

Of course, you could take your class to a national park and guide them on your own.  Or........ you could choose from over 180 specific field trips.  Some field trips are self-guided, yet come with lesson plans and printables.  Some are ranger-led and you can benefit from the experience of an expert who knows the history of the park.

What are some examples of field trips available?
  • I Spy
  • CSI
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • STEM units
  • Cultural lessons
How much do the Field Trips and Institutes cost?
The fees vary for field trips, but all costs are minimal.  There are grants available to help with the cost of the trip and transportation. 
A limited number of travel grants are available for schools with restricted travel budgets. This offer applies to schools who are schedule to attend one of our education programs with at least 50% of their students on a free or reduced lunch program.

How can I request a Field Trip or Institute?

LearnNPS is the best place to start.  You can search all the available field trips.  However, if you know which park you want to visit, you can go directly to your parks website.  From there, click on the Teachers tab at the top.  Click on Parks as Classrooms on the left sidebar.  Click on Field Trips on the sidebar. 

National Parks: Treasures for Teachers is a five part series.  We will explore the resources for teachers (most of which are free!). Read on and experience your America in a new way.

  1. Teacher Workshops
  2. Traveling Trunks and Materials on Loan
  3. Virtual Field Trips and other Online Opportunities
  4. Teacher-Ranger-Teacher
  5. Field Trips and Institutes
For field trip ideas in your community, read my post on free field trips.  

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