The Best Field Trips in Alabama

 

The state of Alabama has much to offer. Beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and many attractions. If you homeschooling in Alabama you are in luck! Alabama also has many wonderful places to visit with your family for field trips!

Here are some of the BEST field trips in Alabama!

Birmingham Zoo

Located in Birmingham, this zoo houses 700 animals and sits on over 100 acres. They also offer Homeschool classes for kids in grades 1st-12th.  

Birmingham Museum of Art

Located in Birmingham, this museum offers activities for children are free!
Imagination Place Children’s Museum at the Center for Cultural Arts

Located in Gadsden, this museum is one of a kind! Shaped like a triangle with an enormous cylinder, kids will be excited to experience the many educational opportunities Imagination Place offers!
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Located in Huntsville, The U.S. Space and Rocket Center boasts of having the greatest collection of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere!
Biophilia Nature Center

Located in Elberta, this Nature Center is open year round. It includes over 100 species of interesting labeled plants. Children will also learn about butterfly gardening, wetland values and much more!

Children’s Museum of the Shoals

Located in Florence, The Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. Their goal is to further education and encourage children to imagine, make choices and create.

Alabama River Museum

Located in Florence, this museum allows visitors to travel back in time to an early 1800s camp on the river. There they will visit with Indians, frontiersmen, traders and travelers.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Located in Gulf Shores, this zoo is just blocks from the beach! It is home to more than 290 animals.   There’s also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary and daily animal shows in the summer.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Located in Huntsville, the Garden provides a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to expand their knowledge of plants and nature. The Nature Center/Butterfly House is open May through September.

Alabama Nature Center

Located in Millbrook, he Alabama Nature Center provides fun and exciting field trip opportunities for homeschool students. Staff will choose and plan activities in regards to special topics requested by the person planning the event.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Located in Montgomery, this museum is the only one in the nation dedicated to the civil rights icon.

Montgomery Zoo

Located in Montgomery, this zoo offers over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats.

A. Gayle Planetarium

Located in Montgomery this planetarium is one of the largest Planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans. Educational shows are given daily.

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Located in Troy, this is a living classroom! Students will be able to experience life in a log cabin. Activities include cooking at the wood stove and fireplace, churning butter, fetching water, sweeping the yards with handmade straw brooms, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs. Museum tour includes a spinning and weaving demonstration that goes from making thread from raw cotton all the way to the loom.

These are just some of the BEST field trips in Alabama. So, take the time to explore our great state by experiencing one of these amazing field trips!

 

Awesome Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE field trips!   Our homeschool group has taken a variety of different field trips through the years. However, there are some that have been on the top of the list consistently each year. These homeschool field trip ideas are universal, meaning that regardless of where you live you should be able to utilize them in some way.

  1. State Parks:  We visit our local state park every year at least once. You should have a naturalist in your local state park. Ours is trained to work with kids and does a fantastic job. She has taken our kids on hikes, taught them how to make rock paint, completed crafts with them , and educated them on recycling and much more. We have also given back to our state park by participating in the yearly park clean up.
  2. Pizza Places
    Our group has visited two different Pizza places for field trips. They typically let the kids make their own pizzas, or at least put the topping on, tour the restaurant, and of course eat!3. Local Fire Department
    Fire safety month is October, your local fire department should be more than willing to teach your homeschool kids about fire safety!  There are tons of opportunities for learning. We explored fire trucks, sprayed the hose, and toured the ambulance and fire station. Our fire department also gave our kids free coloring books and fire hats.
  3. Museums
    Does your area have a museum? Many areas do. We have two, the nearest one is a typical museum with art, and lot’s of “older” stuff. Another one within an hour from us offers a play area, many hands on activities, and workshops for school kids. We do this trip about every year. The kids love it!
  4. Local Farms
    Depending on where you live you may have a local farm willing to give your group a tour. We have been to two. One was a pumpkin patch where the kids took a tractor ride, and picked out pumpkins. The other is a local apple orchard. We were able to see how the apples are picked, washed, and bagged for distribution. We also were able to go through a hay maze and corn maze at these farms. Check with your local farms and see if they offer tours for education groups.

I encourage you to check out your local area and find  homeschool field trip ideas. There are probably many places where you can take your kiddos. The area we live in is fairly small, but I just began picking up the phone and calling local businesses. I was surprised to find out how accommodating businesses are for homeschoolers. You may be too :) .

Author: Misty Bailey

Misty is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling for over 4 years. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.

 

Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Home School Week in Columbus, GA, February 9-13, 2015, gives your students a great experience and engaging activities. Call the Columbus CVB at 800-999-1613 for more information and easy planning.

Visit Website: Homeschool Week – Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau – www.visitcolumbusga.com

So Much More!

One weekend a year is not what the Homeschool Expo folks are all about! While the Homeschool Expo is an annual event designed for those on the homeschool path—and for those who are considering it, the Expo website offers much more. Have you visited the Expo site and explored the directory? Curriculum providers, online classes and email lists for homeschool groups around the state are all at your fingerprints. The Expo is a great event…but homeschooling is a 24/7, 365 days a year proposition. Visit the website, browse the selections, submit information or encourage your favorite curriculum provider to do so. The resources needed for the homeschool adventure abound.

Were you aware there is a group of homeschool families who have adopted? They share their joys and challenges just like the folks in the Auburn – Opelika Homeschool Group. Join in the email lists and be encouraged as you encourage.

Perhaps you would like to plan a field trip to go along with your student’s studies. The directory offers some great options—and you can submit your own listings too. Maybe the Homeschool Option through Cullman Christian School would answer your high school student’s needs.
One of the beauties of home education is the variety of options available. The Homeschool Expo website wants to be a source of information to guide you through the adventure of homeschooling! Be a part. And a great way to begin is the Expo itself. With dozens of workshops ranging from controlling the costs of college to keeping the freezer stocked in the midst of homeschool busyness, there is something for every parent. The young ones have their own options: KidsZone and Film Camp to name the biggies. The Adventure awaits.