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A field trip is an opportunity for a class to leave the classroom to see class-related experiences away from the school campus. This short-term visit to a business or agency expands the learning opportunities for participating students. The field trip allows students to observe and investigate activities related to a specific subject and career development objective. It extends the learning environment beyond the school facility, thus emphasizing the relationship between school and work.


The field trip is one strategy for relating up-to-date information on new techniques in a selected field by observing practical application of that information. Students are provided the opportunity to gain knowledge of careers related to a specific subject area and to better understand the community in which they live. Field trips strengthen partnerships with business and industry and reinforce the fact that "what is being learned in school will be needed in the world of work."


  1. Identify and/or establish the goals, policies and procedures for field trips.
    • Goals or objectives for field trips
    • Policies and guidelines to be followed
    • Procedures and steps for implementation
  2. List and clarify career development and course objectives for the field trip.
    • Field trips that relate to the subject being taught
    • Specific course objectives to be accomplished
  3. Select a destination that will best meet these objectives.
    • Appropriate business or agency
    • Effective host or tour guide
  4. Determine any cost that might be incurred in taking the field trip.
    • Expenses to be incurred
    • Source of funds to pay for expenses
  5. Develop a parental permission form. Review the Parent/Guardian Work-Based Learning Sample Permission Form (doc, 35kb) or the Parental Permission Agreement (doc, 34kb) for ideas. Have parents sign form.
  6. Obtain administrative approval for the trip.
  7. Have students list specific objectives for the trip.
  8. Contact the host/tour guide for final confirmation.
    • Date of visit and time of arrival
    • Duration of trip
    • Size of group and age of students
    • Number of chaperones needed
    • Objectives of the trip
  9. Contact the host/tour guide for final confirmation just prior to the visit.
    • Review date, time, duration of trip.
    • Remind host of audience and objectives to be accomplished.
  10. If possible, make a preliminary visit to better understand what the site has to offer to your students.
  11. Arrange for transportation.
    • Vehicles
    • Drivers
    • Expense
  12. Invite chaperones.
    • Identify capable chaperones
    • Clarify roles
  13. Prepare students by:
    • Reviewing objectives
    • Discussing behavior, dress code, safety, expectations, etc.
  14. Conduct follow-up discussion and/or assignments upon return to school.
    • Relate field trip to course objectives
    • Determine what students learned from trip
  15. Write a thank you note to the host.