Planning a field trip is a lot of work, but the reward is certainly worth it. Getting a group of children to a designated place, keeping everyone safe and comfortable, and planning an enjoyable activity for all is no easy task, but when things go off without a hitch, it is such a great way to make memories with your class!
Fortunately, there are some tips that make it easier to plan a field trip, and we are happy to share them! Mustang Mountain Coaster is an extremely popular school field trip destination, so we have helped many classes have a great time they will remember for years to come.
How to Successfully Plan a Field Trip
Choose a destination aligned with your curriculum. Field trips are a lot of fun, but they are also a way to reinforce what children are learning in the classroom in a new and exciting way. To get the most out of yours, pick a destination that aligns with your curriculum plan—for example, Mustang Mountain Coaster is a smart destination for classes studying the local geography or the history of the Estes Park area.
Make sure your schedule is set. Regardless of what age range you are planning a field trip for, keeping kids busy is key to ensuring they are engaged and learning throughout the whole trip. Set a schedule that involves each activity you want the children to engage with so you can be sure that all of your hours are accounted for.
Ensure there are enough chaperones. There are no hard and fast rules for how many chaperones to have, as it is important to consider your students’ age, behavior history, maturity level, and the activity at hand. Teacher’s aides and parent volunteers are often ideal chaperones but be sure to include them in your final headcount for the activity you will be doing!
Arrange your transportation. Most field trips will be large enough to require a bus, but if you do happen to have a smaller group, you may be able to make do with staff vehicles. No matter how you decide to transport your group, it is important to plan it out ahead of time and go through the necessary steps to request the bus services from your school, if needed.
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