If you ask any school age child within 2 hours of Washington, D.C. if they have ever been to the nation’s capital on a field trip, the answer will most definitely be “YES!” They go for a day - on a bus, or on the train - visit as many Smithsonian museums as they can (that miraculously fit in the curriculum) and then head home. They are tired, happy, and full of the history and culture of our capital city.
This quote by author Richard Louv* beautifully illustrates the core values of educational travel in the lives of young people. Each of you, as educators or mentors to a younger generation, have had an experience in your personal history which inspires you to do what you do. Take a moment to think back to what that impactful experience was... it wasn’t just a great lecture, or a fantastic worksheet, or a great score on a test, it was something that you saw or did – something that you experienced with your senses that lit a fire inside of you. Do you remember what it was?
Don’t let the cold temperatures frighten you; winter and early spring can be a wonderful time to travel on a school field trip. School groups tend to travel mostly in the spring and summer, but there’s much to be said about touring during the winter months and the off-peak season of December through March. Here are five great reasons to get out during the cold months.