10 Fun and Educational Field Trip Ideas for College Students – LittleGuide Detroit

Day trips were always our favorite when we were kids and now it’s our job to plan school outings for our kids! Whether you’re a teacher, PTA member, or homeschooler, here are some great places to take students on field trips this school year!

SEASONAL THEMES

Blake Farms (Armada + South Lyon) offers fresh air and fresh food! Students see a working farm, pick their own apples, interact with animals and have fun in our Barnyard Funland. School tours include a wagon or train ride, each child can pick 5 apples, enjoy cider + donuts and unlimited access to our Barnyard Funland.

Trips to Wiards County Fair (Ypsilanti) include apple and pumpkin picking, animal attractions, corn maze, miniature golf, entertainment zone and more!

Learn more about The Parade Company (Detroit) fascinating history, explore the 200,000 square feet of floats and see how award-winning artisans bring them to life each year for the annual Thanksgiving Parade.


ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

For generations, children of Metro Detroit have enjoyed memorable journeys through the Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)another zoo to try is the Toledo Zoo which includes a natural history museum and an aquarium located inside the zoo and included in the price of admission.

Introduce students to animals rescued at Barn Sanctuary (Chelsea) or the Conservatory of Creatures (Ann Arbor).

The Howell Nature Center offers a variety of school trip options ranging from outdoor and nature education to wildlife and adventure. There are great options for kids of different ages.

If you want to have fun with the family, check out the offers of Maybury Farm (Northville), MSU Tollgate Farm (Novi), Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor) and Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills).


STEAM EDUCATION

Do something NEW! The Sloan Discovery Museum (Flint) features interactive exhibits that teach kids about different areas of science and history. Specialized STEM workshops are also offered in their state-of-the-art learning labs.

Learn in the laboratories of University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor). The modern museum offers several hands-on exhibits to explore and guided lab sessions with scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) offers programs in astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and social studies, designed for pre-K-12 grades.

Craft, build, fly and play! The Michigan Science Center (Detroit) exhibits teach kids about engineering, health, and space. Let the kids explore the museum and enjoy a live demonstration on the science stage.

Legoland Discovery Center provides ample space for creativity and STEAM learning. Kids can build structures, create race cars and more, all in one awesome play space.

Get inspired and immerse your students in American ingenuity at The Henry Ford (Dearborn). Discover some of the most iconic inventions and incredible “failures” and learn how they changed the world, explore the past and learn how it relates to today, and experience the action of the real factory where the new Ford F-150 manufactured.


Cultural immersion

Metro Detroit has a rich history of cultural diversity and first-class interactive museums that showcase the history and ways of life that have helped shape our community. Plan visits to National Arab American Museum (Dearborn), Historical Museum of Detroit and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit),

Middle school and high school students can discover the painful history of the 1930s and 1940s at The Holocaust Center (Bloomfield Hills).

Art has been a storytelling medium for thousands of years and the Detroit Institute of the Arts collection has a rich history of people around the world and throughout history.

Photo credit: Toledo Zoo

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