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Get Going: Teachers' Favorite Field Trip Spots

By guest blogger Gina Cairney

Two weeks ago, Education Week Teacher launched a crowdsourced map of teachers' favorite field trip locations across the U.S.

With more than 100 field trip spots submitted and at least half the states represented, the map should prove a helpful guide—and hopefully a source of inspiration—for teachers around the country.


Here are some examples from the field trips teachers have already submitted:

• The University of Miami's R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program offers high school students a chance to learn about sharks. Student's don't just passively watch sharks swim around in a tank—they work with the RJD scientists and staff to tag sharks, plant coral, and measure the marine ecosystem.

The Farm School in Athol, Mass., teaches students and adults about the process of farming, how food moves from the farm to dinner tables, and how to take care of the environment.

• A lesson in geology can be enhanced with a field trip to the Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colo., where students can learn about rock formations, animals that live in caves, and the history of caving.

We're hoping to make this a living, breathing resource, so please continue to add your own favorite field trip locations, and we'll continue to update the map!

Map image: Education Week Teacher

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