High-Impact Field Trips for Low-Budget Classrooms

As a high school student, my environmental science class came to life during a 3-day winter science trip that involved analyzing snow crystals, the effects of global warming, and conducting precautionary avalanche tests. I will remember that wonderful experience far more clearly than I would a lecture about those same topics (did I mention I went skiing every morning, too?)

We all know field trips are great learning experiences, but ever-decreasing budgets make planning one a daunting task. But, if you are willing to do a bit of digging, you can plan a meaningful field trip for your class for little to no cost. Here are some great ideas and sources to get you started:

  • Take advantage of the tech in your classroom with virtual field trips

  • Check out your Chamber of Commerce's website and sign up for notifications about new events in your community

  • Help students learn and give back to the community by organizing a local field trip with a service organization     

  • Plan trips that fit as tightly with the curriculum as possible to maximize the learning experience

  • Tour local businesses to better understand local economies

  • Visit government buildings to illustrate the inner workings of the legal system

  • Explore local wildlife parks and reserves to practice skills ranging from conducting a scientific experiment to calculating probability

  • Lastly, check out this great website that will help you find and book field trips