In my field trip to the farm post,
I was asked about how I found the farm
and how I found out they did field trips
so I thought I would share what I do
and share a list of possible field trips to take.
Part of being a military family
involves moving to new areas every few years or so
(sometimes we stay a little longer, sometimes not).
When we first started homeschooling,
we lived in the suburbs of a large city in Ohio
and we never seemed to lack in field trip possibilities.
However, when we made our next move,
that changed quite a bit.
We moved to a much smaller area
where the field trip possibilities were much less...
so I thought anyhow. ;o)
Here were some ways I, prayerfully, found
some field trip ideas for the areas we live in...
Finding Field Trips Tips
* Online search engines.
For instance, for our farm field trip
I typed in words like 'farm', 'my town', 'my state'.
You can search for towns near you, too.
Some field trips are worth the drive. ;o)
* Drive around and make note of interesting places.
Really look and explore possibilities.
* Let your fingers do the walking...
through the yellow pages ;o)
* Ask the church folk ;o)
Ask what nearby, interesting places
that they know of.
* Word-of-mouth from other homeschoolers
or local homeschool group(s).
If you don't know any other homeschoolers,
call the local Christian schools/public schools
and ask what kind of field trips they take.
If you don't have a local homeschool group,
consider starting one.
That's what works for us. ;o)
* Go to your town's Chamber of Commerce,
a travel agent, check the local newspapers, etc...
Most areas have their own local history
and a historical site to go along with that history.
Those can be interesting field trips, too.
When you find something interesting...
simply call them and tell them your situation...
that you homeschool, have a group or not,
and are interested in a field trip.
I've had many that are more than willing...
only a few have said no.
Field trip ideas...
* a local newspaper
* a dairy farm
* a local news television station
* a local Christian radio station
* an aquarium
* a bakery or candy store
* a zoo or a little petting zoo
* an animal shelter/vet/pet store
* a local post office
* a local museum
* fire department
* police station
* a beach tour
* horse stables
* local farms
* pizza place to make your own pizzas
* bowling alley (with a tour of the back)
* ice skating
* ceramic shop
* woodworking shop
* camera/printing store
* scrapbook store
* hiking/nature trails
* mini golf
* small local airport
* drama theatre
* local historic sites
* plant nursery
* mayor office
* ferry/trolly rides
* state park
* nature center
* local factories
* local water facility
Each location has its own unique options. ;o)
I keep a 'master list' of field trip ideas
and add our local ideas as I discover them.
This is what has worked for us. ;o)