Earlier this week I shared a lot about why our family tries to seek out educational trips whenever possible. We love to give our children hands-on learning experiences and really show them the things they read about.
My last post covered my 10 (well, actually 11) favorite educational travel destinations to historic places. By traveling to some of those places on my list my children have been able to bring history alive. In fact, during a recent discussion on presidents, my 6-year old son raised his hand and informed the class:
“Did you know Thomas Jefferson designed his home called Monticello? And he was also responsible for westward expansion that doubled the size of our country.”
I think someone had to pick his teacher’s jaw up off the floor.
He didn’t learn those facts in a book (well, arguably he probably did since we usually research and discuss our destinations before we visit…but let me assure you, that’s not why he REMEMBERED those facts!) he learned those things by actually being a guest in Thomas Jefferson’s home.
The visit made an impression on him!
I love opportunities to explore history. And, likewise, I enjoy bringing science to life. Traveling is the quintessential way to explore different environmental science destinations! We’ve visited different land formations, geographical locations, and climates. And we especially love learning about animals in various zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks.
Though I’ve never considered myself to be very scientific minded, I’ve come to realize how much I specifically love traveling to environmental science destinations! This list was even harder to narrow down that the historical sites!
Here are my top 10 Environmental Science Destinations To Visit With Kids:
- Glacier Bay National Park
- Niagara Falls
- Grand Canyon
- Kennedy Space Center
- Georgia Aquarium
- Volcanoes National Park
- Hoover Dam
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Luray Caverns
- McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Before you set off on your adventures, you’ll want to make sure you have great ways for kids to record all they are learning! Here are a couple of my favorite Travel Journals:
My Travel Journal by Lonely Planet (personal favorite)
My First Travel Journal (my favorite for young kids)
What kind of educational trips does your family enjoy taking?
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