The Educational Value of Field Trips

Taking students to cultural institutions can have a lasting impact.

The field trip is a longstanding tradition in American public education. Students pile into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions including art, natural history, children’s and science museums as well as, theaters, zoos and historical sites. Today, culturally enriching field trips are on the decline. The decision to reduce these visits reflects a variety of factors that administrators and teachers face today.

A study at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has proven that “enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.” (Learn more about the study »)

Planning ahead is the best way to ensure that your students will have the opportunity to participate. The Target Field Trip Grant offers free buses to K-12 students nationwide. (Visit their website for more information »)

Remember, it’s never too early to schedule a visit to Explore & More, or to book an E&M program at your location too!