Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers- Special Replay

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers- Special replay. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers- Special Replay

Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers

When you have homeschooling high schoolers, they are BUSY! Academics and extracurriculars fill their schedules while they build their powerful transcripts. It is easy to forget field trips when homeschoolers hit the high school academics.

Don’t miss out! Field trips are useful academic experiences, even for high schoolers!

Sabrina and Kym share about favorite field trips with their teens as well as the trips that did not happen, but they wish they had. (Check this post about a favorite field trip fail.)

Field trips can be valuable for both co-ops and for individual homeschooling families. We asked our East Coast homeschool 7th Sisters about their favorite field trip experiences. Check out this post for fabulous field trip ideas for co-ops (but they will work for families, too).

Here are the most basic homeschool field trips for teens:

(…some of which our teens have loved…and some not so much. Just ask our teens about our “dam field trip” one rainy, spring day.)

  • Science based

    • Botanical gardens
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Wastewater treatment facilities
      • Our teens will NEVER forget their walks across the footbridges over the wastewater ponds at our local treatment facility
    • Dams
    • Zoos
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Aquariums
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Museums
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Ranger-led events at state or national parks
    • Visits to blood bank
      • Unfortunately, several of our teens passed out as they watched blood being drawn…so we did not repeat this trip often!
    • Nature hikes
    • Amusement park
      • Physics, you know…
  • History based

    • Architectural tours of historic towns
      • These can be fun if you have the right tour leader
    • Historic town special events
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Docent led tours of historic homes
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Guide-led tours of national or state historic sites
    • Attend a re-enactment
    • Restaurants with food from a country your family is studying
  • Arts

    • Concerts
      • Think especially about music-genre concerts that your teens have not experienced yet.
        • These do not necessarily need to become favorites of your teens, however, they are always enriching experiences
        • Some concerts that our teens have enjoyed include:
          • Military band concerts
          • World music concerts
          • Local orchestra and choir concerts
    • Plays
      • You can sometimes get free or inexpensive tickets to dress rehearsals. Vicki’s co-op attended several Gilbert and Sullivan operetta dress rehearsals that were marvelous.
    • Museums
      • Look for free-admission days or group discounts
    • Arts and Crafts shows
  • Career Exploration

Preparing for field trips?

We suggest that teens expect to be active learners at field trips. That means they need to know that there will be some things expected of them in order for the trip to count as good academics.

Here are some tips:

  • Talk about the field trip ahead of time.
    • Explain how it is pertinent to some of their studies.
    • Give them hints about things to look for that are relevant to their courses.
  • Come prepared with questions for docents or guides. Talk about potential questions ahead of time.
    • Make sure you compliment teens (after the field trip) for their thoughtful questions and participation.
  • Have teens write a response paper, essay or create a Powerpoint or Prezi about the trip.
    • Then present it at co-op or family gathering.
  • Use field trips to level up courses or earn a special course credit. Check out this post on how to log hours for credit.
  • Remember, don’t KILL the field trip by overdoing the academic part!
  • Many field trips can be turned in some way into Career Exploration.
  • For tips on saving money on field trips, check out this post from our Cousin Sarah May.

Join Sabrina and Kym for this inspirational chat. Also, check out this post


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Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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