Field Trip Factory is an online resource for teachers to search for and book free field trips in close proximity to their schools. The website’s database will match teachers with local retailers or universities that are willing to host a field trip at their location, do in-class presentations, or provide guided curriculum to be used within the classroom. The database of free field trips available includes 30 guided activities, some specific to a location or region, some universally available in all areas.
Teachers can search free field trip opportunities by zip code, by categories like Nutrition, Economics or Art, or by audience. Some opportunities are exclusive to a region, but others have curriculum that can be used whether the class is able visit the site or not. Participating organizations include local retailers; national chains like Petco, Ralphs, and Rite Aid; and a handful of local colleges.
Field trip opportunities can vary in terms of the student experience. After selecting an opportunity, teachers may have the option to book a field trip directly from the site, receive curriculum from the company that can be implemented within the class, or have the option for a company to host a workshop at the school.
Each field trip profile includes information about materials available and areas of learning the trip would target, like self-regulation or life science. To demonstrate the positive experience other teachers have had, profiles also include quotes about past experiences with the specific retailers or organization. Materials that are provided range from permission slips, sometimes both in English and Spanish, and also supplemental activities or curriculum.
Searching and booking field trips through Field Trip Factory is free for teachers. Companies interested in sharing free opportunities at their locations must negotiate for a fee to include their company on the website.
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