8 Priceless Educational Field Trips for Home Schoolers in San Antonio
Field trips are a valuable educational experience for children and should be included in a homeschool curriculum. Children benefit from discovering new environments. The past is brought to life for a child by exploring historical sites. Investigating plants at a botanical garden, examining artifacts at a museum, or viewing dolphins at an aquarium are beneficial learning encounters. The following eight educational San Antonio field trips are priceless for homeschoolers.
- Alamo Mission: Approximately 1,500 Mexican troops attacked about 100 Texans held up at the Alamo Mission in 1836. The event is believed to be a pivotal point in the Texas Revolution. Schedule and directions are listed on the website.
- Institute of Texan Culture: Many of the exhibits delve into the productive cultural history of Texas citizens. Collections of artifacts and tapestry convey historical information on the state in a format in addition to the written word. The institute's online site has further information.
- McNay Art Museum: Children and adults learn from tours, performances, and viewing the art gallery. There is always something new to see at McNay Art Museum as the gallery rotates exhibits. The museum's website has further information.
- Natural Bridge Caverns: Visitors view stalactite, stalagmite and other cave formations on a discovery tour of the caverns. Guests may witness bats exiting the caverns in the evening to hunt for insects. Tour information available online.
- San Antonio Botanical Garden: The Lucile Halsell Conservatory contains bromeliads, orchids, and other plants that would be at home in a tropical rain forest. The Robert and Helen Kleberg Desert Pavilion features plants with the ability to adapt to desert conditions. Raised beds are changed often to display seasonal flowers. Directions and park hours are listed on the website.
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Native Americans built the mission in the 1700’s. Living quarters were constructed within the compound walls. Ranches and croplands were located outside the walls. There are four active Catholic parish churches within the park. Park hours are available online.
- San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium: Zoo mammals include elephants, gazelle, lions, monkeys and more. Patrons may view animals in a natural habitat at the African Plains and Amazon exhibits. Ticket pricing available on the zoo website.
- The DoSeum Museum: The Big Outdoors is an interactive space for developing motor skills, which includes an accessible tree house, sandscape, a 30-foot high climbing structure, bubble zone, children’s stream and an eco-viewing pond. Imagine It, Innovation Station, Sensations Studio, Spy Academy and a role play townscape complete the hands-on learning museum. Visit the online site for further information.
*Photo courtesy of Mission San Jose, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio, Texas by Ken Lund at Flickr’s Creative Commons.
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