Hands on Learning Encouraging Outdoor Field Trips to foster knowledge of the outdoors and a love for the natural environment.

Outdoor field trips in the Los Angeles Public School system is on the decline. As more emphases is placed on literacy and mathematics, less resources are available for field trips.

Studies show that outdoor field trips promote student interest and retention when learning about the natural environment. Students engage all 5 senses to explore their surroundings; making connections and processing information. When students can hear, smell, taste, touch and see the natural environment, not only do they remember the information, but they develop a sense of connection with their surroundings. Young people begin to see themselves in a global context and develop an awareness to sustain the world's natural resources.

Only so much information can be understood and retained from a textbook. The natural environment is better learned OUTDOORS!!

Let's Get Them Out!

Please take a moment to view our recent field trip to Carpinteria State Beach!

Welcome to our recent trip to Carpinteria State Beach at low tide to explore the tide pools and ocean shore!

Let's Make it a Priority to take our Students to the beach, the farm, the hills or the forest. An outdoor curriculum expands the textbook curriculum and provides a more well rounded educational experience.

Outdoor field trips can be to local farms, or to overnight camping in the forest. Large or small, outdoor field trips get students thinking and engaging with the world around them.

As advocates of our student's futures, we must promote and strive to encourage field trips within the Los Angeles School District. Contact your school's board representative, your school's PTA, and local community businesses for sponsorships.

RESOURCES:

PROJECT LEARNING TREE IS A NON-PROFIT FOCUSING ON OUTDOOR CURRICULUM AND GIVING EDUCATORS TOOLS TO PLAN FIELD TRIPS, INCORPORATE SINGLE SUBJECTS WITH AN OUTDOOR CURRICULUM, AND HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~ John Muir

Credits:

Created with images by Barrett Web Coordinator - "Field Trip To Patuxent Research Refuge" • lori05871 - "The class drawing and writing about the floating pumpkin." • Sean Hackbarth - "Middle grades classroom" • 27707 - "boy girl nature" • Anodoin - "008" • Anodoin - "030" • jencu - "Kira field trip" • ennainthejungle - "kid summer view" • mypubliclands - "BLM Idaho and Volunteers Maintain Wilderness on NPLD 2014" • USDAgov - "binocs" • Pexels - "forest outdoors path" • marcisim - "love family heart"

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