It’s not your imagination. Field trips in many schools really are on the decline.
There was a time, in the not so distant past, that the field trip was a staple for teachers of all grades, in all subjects. Unfortunately, the number has dwindled for a variety of reasons, from insurance requirements, to time constraints, to budgets.
According to authors Brian Kisida, Daniel H. Bowen and Jay P. Greene in The Educational Value of Field Trips, EducatioNEXT, “.. field trips are in decline. Museums across the country report a steep drop in school tours. For example, the Field Museum in Chicago at one time welcomed more than 300,000 students every year. Recently the number is below 200,000…. A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that more than half of schools eliminated planned field trips in 2010–11.”
But, parents can easily pick up where schools leave off!
Want to make history come alive? Inspire a budding artist? Or, find out what really happened to the dinosaurs? Take a family field trip this Spring Break. Here are some of our favorites that won’t break the bank:
Schroeder: An Artist at Fort Miles
April 1, 2017, 12:15 PM
Join historic interpreters for an insightful analysis of some of Howard Schroeder’s popular wartime artwork. Schroeder captured many sights and scenes of military life at Fort Miles in WWII, including scenes of his own duties as a Coast Artillery Mine planter. For ages 13 and up with an adult. Limit of 12. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852 or 302-644-5007. $5 per person
Star Party at Trap Pond State Park
April 1, 2017, 6:00 PM
Meet the Delmarva Stargazers at Cypress Point for an outstanding view of the night sky. Learn how to set up a telescope and what to look for in the heavens. Call the Nature Center for up-to-date information and visibility forecasts. No preregistration needed. FREE
Family Fun Fishing Derby at Linvilla Orchards
Apr 8, 2017, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Orchard Lake is stocked with trout! Fishers of all ages and levels of expertise try to get the biggest catch and win prizes. No preregistration needed. FREE
Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill
Apr 15, 2017, 10:00 AM until 03:00 PM
Volunteers of all ages assist professional archaeologists with site excavation, artifact screening and care. The event centers on the tailrace of the 1704 grist mill and the Archive, formerly a mid-18th-century general store. No preregistration needed. FREE
Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Boat Trip at Trap Pond State Park
April 16, 2017, 10:00 AM
Come out on a guided pontoon tour and try to spot some furry pond residents such as beavers, otters, muskrats and other mammals. Space is limited. Trips are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the Boathouse. $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. For information, call 302-875-5163.
Country Spring Festival at Carousel Park Equestrian Center
Apr 29, 2017, 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Festivities includes country line dancing, rodeo games & activities, crafts, hayrides and meet-and-greets with baby animals. No preregistration needed. FREE
About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware
Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.
At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally… plus, we take plenty of field trips!
To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.