Ideas for Giving Back

Ideas for Giving Back

This time of year we often think of others – whether giving gifts to family and friends, or giving of our time and efforts to help those in need. Volunteering and being involved in service projects have many benefits and not just for those individuals or communities being helped. Finding the right project can help […]

ComEd Celebrates Careers in Energy Week


ComEd looked to the future of energy as employees informed a number of elementary and high school students about the opportunities in the STEM fields, and provided insights specifically about the energy field. During the week of October 13-19, 2014 students across Illinois learned about the many careers in energy. Students from the UIC Chance […]

Remember MyPlate During the Holidays

USDA MyPlate

Many Americans look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday each year. Food, family, friends – it doesn’t get better than that. Until you’ve had your second or third helping of stuffing and you feel stuffed. Some simple tips can help you avoid this mistake during the upcoming holidays. Remind yourself of the MyPlate recommended portions for […]

Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip

Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip

What was life like for the pilgrims and Wampanoag people who celebrated the first Thanksgiving? Check out the virtual tour of the Plimoth Plantation located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The tour features information about the English colony built by the pilgrims who journeyed to America on the Mayflower. You’ll see a fort, homes, and gardens and […]

Microsoft Retail Stores Now Host Free YouthSpark Field Trips (Grades 3-8)

Free YouthSpark Field Trips

Integrating technology and digital literacy into the lives of your students has never been easier and more relevant. Take your group on a free field trip hosted by Microsoft stores as part of its YouthSpark initiative putting technology in the hands of students and educators. In addition on learning how to solve problems via organization […]

Tips for Successful Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning

Even though students drive the research and learning during a project-based lesson, it is these rich experiences that require the most planning. Here are some tips to help ensure your next project-based learning lesson is successful. If this is your first project-based lesson, start small and each year build on the successes and new ideas […]

Taking Time for Fall

Taking Time for Fall

Leaves changing colors, birds flying south, days getting shorter and chillier – each of these events signals that fall is upon us. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, full of changes and transitions. You and your students can learn a lot about how Mother Nature prepares for winter by just […]

The all-new has launched!

We’re excited to provide you an enhanced experience that makes finding field trip ideas and booking online easier than ever.  We’ll be continuing to add new experiences and resources as your preferred online resource for experiential learning.  Our new website looks aren’t the only thing we’ve enhanced.  Our new scheduling and communication backbone takes the […]

4 Ways to Encourage Questioning

It is inevitable that near the end of every field trip the person presenting to the group asks, “Does anyone have any questions?” The room may fall silent. Often this has to do with the energy the presenter emits to the group, however sometimes students need encouragement. But when one brave soul raises her hand […]