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Aug 30 2012

Homeschooling Field Trips

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Museums, zoos, gardens, camping. Endless possibilities to learn and have fun at the same time. Take a break from school work and have fun by going on a field trip. Hands-on learning will also help them likely retain the knowledge. Homeschooling can be fun. Plus your kids will love you and learn at the same time.

Going to an art museum can count toward art-imitating/copying the art, history-learn about the timelines of when they were created, physical education-walking around, and writing-describing the art in their own words.
Going to the zoo can count towards physical education-all that walking, occupational education-learning about veterinarians, history-animal history or the history of the zoo, art or writing-drawing the animals or writing facts about them, science-biology, geography-learn where they came from.
Going to any place can help learn about many subjects, just have to think about what they can be taught.

I’m blessed to have many areas to explore around our town to learn history, culture, science, geography and many more subjects.

Field trips we are planning on going for the school year.

Zoo-The Oregon Zoo is home to more than 260 species of animals and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors each year. The zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits. 21 endangered species and 33 threatened species live at the zoo.
The zoo is active in 21 Species Survival Plans.

OMSI-Five unique halls, eight hands-on science labs, the USS Blueback submarine, an OMNIMAX® giant-screen theater, planetarium and much more!

FT Vancouver National Historic Site-Situated along the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver National Site’s 366-acre campus is the only national park site in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area. Historically an integral Northwest hub, the site interprets the stories of the Native Americans, the British Hudson’s Bay Company, the U.S. Army at Vancouver Barracks, early aviation at Pearson Field, the world’s largest spruce mill during World War I and the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II. Filled with multiple attractions, including Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum and Officers Row, history is told through enriched community educational programs and world-class artifacts, connecting “what was” to the modern-day Pacific Northwest.

Bonneville Dam-Consists of several run-of-the-river dam structures that together complete a span of the Columbia River between the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington at River Mile 146.1.[3] The dam is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. The primary functions of Bonneville Lock and Dam are electrical power generation and river navigation. There is a fish viewing station and visitors center.

Tryon Creek State Park- Over 50 species of birds and many small mammals reside in the Park. Tryon Creek, home of crayfish, trout and other aquatic life, is one of the last unobstructed tributaries of the Willamette River in the Portland area and is located within a highly vulnerable watershed due to its urban location. The Park has 14 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, as well as a Nature Center and open-air shelter that can hold up to 125 people.

Clark County Historical Museum-Our rich community history comes alive as part of today’s world with public programs and events held throughout the year. Programs include changing exhibits, “First Thursday Museum After Hours”, seasonal walking tours and annual family-friendly events.

Kids Club Fun & Fitness-Kids Club Fun & Fitness offers one stop shopping for QUALITY children’s programs such as dance, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming, preschool, after school programs, birthdays, camps, Friday Fun Nights and other children’s activities like the largest indoor play structure in the NWst!

Water Resources Education Center-Whether exploring our Web site or visiting our beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River in Vancouver, you’ll find a world of information designed to inspire us to become better stewards of our water resources. Teaching people of all ages how to wisely use this important, life-giving natural resource is what Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center is all about.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge-The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse located on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. It was built based on archaeological evidence from the Cathlapotle archaeological site located on the refuge property. This archaeological site is what remains of the town of Cathlapotle, a Chinookan town encountered by Lewis and Clark on their expedition.

Columbia Springs-Visit our 100 acres of urban natural area for a restorative walk and to observe wildlife. Or make plans to participate in environmental education. From K-12 field trips to workshops for adults, you’ll leave Columbia Springs with a greater appreciation for the natural world.

Try searching for “things to do+your town” to find places to visit. I also found going to tripadvisor.com and searching with things to do came up with new places to visit. Your city’s website would also have info on places to visit.

What field trip would you plan for this school year? What prohibits you from going on field trips?

1 comment

  1. Eugeanne Mcvin @ Educational tours

    Interactive museum is a great place for the kids to learn and enjoy at the same time. I really recommend this place. And I think its important to have a family bonding as well.

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