According to Randy Wilhelm “Field trip is a substantive way to expand student’s horizons and allow them to learn experientially.” The positive benefits derive from field trips are hands-on, real-world experiences, quality of education, positive attitudes to science and motivation towards the subjects, improvement of the socialization between students, which would impinge on the classroom. Students might be good at reciting and remembering facts, but they often don’t make the connection unless they experience it first hand.
Field trips connect the dots for students by providing real experiences related to all content areas, including science, arts and history. For example, cultural field trips offer students (particularly disadvantaged ones) an important opportunity to add measurable depth to their education. Field trips to natural areas can teach young children so much about environmental issues and biodiversity.
Ideas for Field Trips
If you live in a large city, there are probably many options or potential sites for field trips, including museums, a science center and other similar institutions. But, if you live in a small city or in a rural area, your may need to consider other more "creative" sites for your field trips. We live in a small city which does not have museums, science centers or zoos. But, there are other things that I believe could represent fantastic sites for school field trips.
(2) Art galleries and cultural community organizations: performing arts bring the page to the stage and can also offer a lesson in theater etiquette.
(3) Sites for real world experiences: It encourages students to apply what they’ve learned to something relevant in their life. For example, children visiting a construction site can return to the classroom and design their own homes, businesses, and other architectural structures.
(4) Visiting a college or university campus: It introduces the dream of higher education; college students can act as the tour guides, show dorm rooms, cafeterias, and study halls, while providing mentorship to the younger student.
(5) Visit a farm, a farmers market or a local agricultural industry can teach students about food production.
(6) Visit a natural area can teach students about the environment, biodiversity or climate change.