Homeschool Days and Field Trip Ideas

  UPDATED: 5-23-15


FIELD TRIPS & HOME SCHOOL DAYS


 
 
Appleton Museum of Art (OCL)
Cara Johnson
Education Department
Appleton Museum of Art
4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, Fl 34470-5001
352-291-4455 ext.1836
I hope you will keep us in mind for future field trips and academic enrichment activities. 
I would be thrilled to arrange docent led tours as well as art activities or visits themed around your particular course of study. 
 

 


CAMP KULAQUA
Homeschool Help Desk
http://homeschool-helpdesk.com/camp-kulaqua-homeschool-field-trips/#comment-98


Coon Hollo Corn Maze (Micanopy)
October 3rd Through November 2nd, 2014
Open Weekends
Friday 4pm -Dusk
Saturday 10am-Dusk
Sunday 2pm-Dusk
http://coonhollocornmaze.com/Home_Page.php


Creation Science Hall of Fame is now Open!
     Dear Home School Organizations, Florida
The Creation Science Hall of Fame is now up and running. www.creationsciencehalloffame.org
It's designed for Home Schooled Students who need the necessary educational tools for their Creation Studies and papers. The CSHF was a "brain-storm" of a retired Science Teacher.
     You will find a wealth of information on deceased and living creationists from around the world. On the "Darwin Skeptics" page, you will find volumes of Scientists who reject Evolution written by Dr Jerry Bergman, author of 'Slaughter of the Dissidents'. We even have a "Creation Classifieds" section for your selling needs.
     Please help spread the news about the Creation Science Hall of Fame to all your Christian friends and family.
     In Christ,
Nick Lally, Chairman, Board of Directors, Creation Science Hall of Fame



Creation Discovery Museum (FT. Lauderdale)
Creation Discovery Center is located at
2701 West Cypress Creek Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Over the last twenty years, our ministry has discovered that while many educational centers / museums have extensive programs showing many of God's wonderous works, almost none of them have attributed the works to God, but to evolution.
We have discovered a great need in the community for an interactive creation museum. There are many secular, evolution-based museums throughout the country, but very few museums which tell the story of our origins from a creationist’s perspective.  
For more information, please read our web site at www.creationstudies.org/museum.html
 
 
Dance Alive!
Educational Performances
 
Discovery Science and Outdoor Center-Ocala
http://mydiscoverycenter.org/programs/homeschool-thursdays/

 
Disney Homeschool Days
Are your homeschoolers ready to push their education to the next level, or simply needing a new out-of-the-box challenge? Disney Homeschool Days offers exciting programs that are sure to enhance and add a new level to your homeschool curriculum.
Learning has never been more fun. Disney Homeschool Days invites your students to explore scientific, cultural, creative and natural exhibits of the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks for hands-on, eye-opening experiences.
Event Dates: Fall and Spring
This fall, Disney Homeschool Days will move to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to provide exciting new experiences for your students.
http://disneyyouthgroups.disney.go.com/wdyp/programs/programOverview?page=HSDProgramOverviewPage



 
Firehouses
 
 
Florida Agricultural Museum (Flagler Co.)
Telling the Story of Florida Agriculture
Our mission is to PRESERVE Florida's agricultural past, INTERPRET the agricultural issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and EDUCATE the
public about those issues through enjoyable experiences
http://myagmuseum.com/schoolandgroupvisits.html


The Florida Aquarium - Tampa


Butterfly Exhibit
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies 
Upcoming Museum Homeschool Day: A T. rex Named Sue (GNV)
Hello Homeschoolers:
Come see SUE! We are excited to announce our next Homeschool Day on Monday, Feb. 9 will be focused on A T. rex Named Sue!
     Our day will include exhibit explorations and classroom activities that help us learn about this massive dinosaur that once roamed the earth.
When: Monday, Feb 9, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Florida Museum of Natural History
Cost: $6/person (Children under 3 are free as well as adult Museum members*)
     *If you wish to join the Museum, we will be giving a 10% discount on memberships that day.
See flier and see you at the Museum! https://sites.google.com/site/titus2homeschoolers/newsletter/attachments
If you know someone who would like to be included in this email list, just send us their address.
Dianne Behringer
School Programs Coordinator
Center for Science Learning
Florida Musem of Natural History
UF Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
P.O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611
352.273.2036
dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators



Fort Caroline National Monument and artifact museum
free
 
 
Full Circle `organic` Farm
386-776-2770
20997 174th St
Live Oak, FL
32060
    We are Dennis and Alicia Stoltzfoos, owner and operators of Full Circle Farm in Live Oak.  We are a small family farm where we produce our own beef, pork, chicken, turkeys, eggs, milk, cream, and yogurt.  Everything we produce is for retail sale, directly to the customer.  We believe in relationship marketing and that buying your food from known and trusted sources is a worthwhile goal!  Come see our free ranged/pastured chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows.  Come and learn why eating meat and milk from pastured animals is more nutritious, not only for us but the animals as well. 
    We are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Gainesville.  E-mail for price list.  We deliver to Gainesville and Live Oak.
Directions:
I-75 north to exit 399, north on 441 for 5 miles then suddenly 20/27 west goes off to the left, follow 27 west 41 miles into Mayo and take 51 north 5 miles to thru blinking yellow light, ½ mile take left on 174th street, go 1 and ½ miles (straight, don't turn left) to red roof house/black board fence on right.
 
 
Gainesville Ballet Theatre, Inc.
 

Garbage/Recycling Center (GNV)
Shelley Samec
Waste Alternatives Specialist
Waste Management Division
Email Address: ssamec@alachuacounty.us
Contact Number: (352) 548-1297
Embrace Zero Waste
www.thewastewatcher.com


Georgia Aquarium - Home School
Georgia Aquarium offers educational programming to home school students through our instructor-led programs at 1:45 pm on select dates. These 45 minute Instructor-Led programs provide a focused learning opportunity where students can expand their understanding of aquatic ecosystems. All programs are aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and include a downloadable Teacher guide with pre and post activities. All Instructor-Led programs include admission to the Aquarium and Deepo 4D Show.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 
 

Homeschool Field Trips
About.com
Homeschool field trips are an important component of a home education. These outings can be taken with a few friends, a homeschool group, or just your own family.
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/teaching/fl/Homeschool-Field-Trips.htm


 
IMAX Theater at World Golf Village in St. Augustine
http://www.worldgolfimax.com/groups-rentals/fieldtrips


Kennedy Space Center Salute to HomeSchool
HomeSchool students, families and teachers: Take a Florida field trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and be our guests for full-day access to Visitor Complex shows and exhibits. During this unique homeschool field trip, you'll get the chance to take a bus tour of Kennedy Space Center, participate in special hands-on activities, learn about the latest NASA accomplishments, see Space Shuttle Atlantis, strap in to the Shuttle Launch Experience, and even come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut.
Pick up a packet of NASA education materials and help your students reach for the stars.
Salute to HomeSchool*
Program Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Register By: September 7
Tuition: $45 per person (plus tax)
https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/education/salutes/salute-to-homeschool.aspx
 


Kirby Family Farm (Williston)
Contact Tracy Kirby
352-812-7435
info@kirbyfarm.com
Kirby Family Farm Booking Field Trips 2014
    We'd like to invite you to come experience the fun and learning at Kirby Family Farm. Our very special farm is located in Williston, FL.
    Children can climb aboard our full-size historical railroad that we found in the woods and take a ride on the KIRBY RAILROAD!
    Field trips are a low price of $10 per person. Teachers are free! Payment is required in full the day of your visit. Field trips must be booked in advanced.
    We work closely with you to plan and create and customize a unique educational experiences just for you. Interactive learning stations are custom planned for your group. Students also can bring their own lunches for a peaceful picnic lunch!
    Field Trip Hours are Flexible:
9:00-Noon or 10:00-1:00
www.kirbyfarm.com
    Farm Fun for all Ages!
We encourage you to make this a special educational experience, not just another field trip. Let us help you. The best field trips at the farm are the ones that are designed based on the seasonality of the farm mixed with what’s been happening in your curriculum. Groups here have had a chance to experience many exciting agricultural activities. Kids love these hands-on experiences and playing farmer/ railroad engineer for a couple hours. They also love our friendly farm animals! Bo, our sheep, Daisy our calf, and Foggy our sheep LOVE VISITORS!
    Tell us when you want to come and we will help you design a field trip that is truly a memory to treasure for a lifetime!.


 
Lubee Bat Conservancy
http://lubee.org/

 

 
Many of you have taken advantage of the welcome homeschoolers receive at the Matheson Museum.  A costumed docent (Miss Gussy) presents a 45-60 minute program emphasizing life in Alachua County and Gainesville during the late 1800's and early 1900's.  This hands-on interactive program fits well with a Florida history unit.  A Teacher's Curriculum Guide can be downloaded from www.mathesonmuseum.org
The Thomas Center also offers a one hour tour with a costumed docent, a video and costumes for the students to enhance the presentation.  My children found them both to be very interesting and Ms. Sharon's enthusiasm for her subject is quite infectious.  Happily, they have added additional tours. 
"Seminole and Timucuan Indians in Alachua County"  Learn the truth about Native American culture in our county. and view a special 1st person presentation film.
"Snapshot of History"    Learn how to take pictures of Alachua County's artifacts and Architecture.
"The Yearling"  View the 1946 classic movie and discuss what family life was like in rural Florida.
"Famous Buildings of Alachua County"  featuring 22 buildings around our county.
"Snacks with Miss Gussie"  Have punch and cookies while listening to "Miss Gussie" reminisce about life in our area from 1867 to 1910.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what these programs offer.  There are more programs in the works and they are very open to any suggestions about topics that you would like to know more about.  Contact Sharon Faris at (352) 379-1235 or frafar2000@aol.com and she can give you more details and arrange for field trips.  These field trips are generally geared towards 3rd grade and up.
 
 
 
MOSH - Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville
 
Movies - Free Summer - Gainesville Cinema
Gainesville Cinema 14
3101 SW 35th Blvd.
Gainesville ,FL 32608
352-336-0414
 
 
Nature Parks - City Parks (GNV)


Nature Parks - State Parks
 

Ocali Country Days – Ocala, FL
November date
Our festival runs (9 am - 2 pm) for school groups only (no general public is allowed in on school days).  It is strictly a family-oriented hands-on educational festival and is organized by the Marion County School System.  Cost is $3.00 per person with children 5 and under free.  Park admission and parking are free. Please call to reserve school day fieldtrips, we have limited space. Step back in time to the Florida frontier at the Ocali Country Days festival.  This event features Florida folk crafts, art, and food.  Experience old time music, storytellers, Civil War encampments, Native Americans, and reenactors portraying life on a late-1800s farmstead.  View traditional craft demonstrations such as sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, woodworking, and more. Silver River Museum within the Silver River State Park off Baseline Road.
Call for more information or to schedule fieldtrips during the week.
Scott E. Mitchell, Director
Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center
(352) 236-5401
 

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
 
 
Pirate's Dinner Adventure - Orlando, Florida
If you are looking for an adventurous time while visiting the International Drive area of Orlando, then we should be your first stop! Pirate's Dinner Adventure is a dinner show attraction that puts you and your family right in the middle of all of the swashbuckling action. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is acclaimed as “the world’s most unique interactive dinner show.”
http://www.piratesdinneradventure.com/orlando/groups/
 
Potter's Wax Museum - St. Augustine
http://www.potterswaxmuseum.com/group_tours.html

 
Publix
 

Pumpkin Patches and More 
 
 
Retirement Home for Horses
 
 
Ripley's Believe it or Not - St. Augustine
http://www.ripleys.com/staugustine/
 
 
Sally Corp Tours (JAX)
A Robotics Manufacturer in Jacksonville
Public Tours
For more than  25 years, Sally has hosted thousands of visitors. From school groups, clubs, church groups to senior citizens organizations, we welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of  the robot factory.
Tours are offered on Tuesday and Thursday hourly from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge. No more than 30 persons per tour. Minimum age is 7 years. Tours are by reservation only.
 
 
 
St. Augustine Historical Field Trips
Old Town Trolley Tours offers complete field trip services to enhance your educational experience. Whether you have hours or days to spend in St. Augustine, we can build a tour package that meets your needs.
http://www.historictours.com/staugustine/?t=5


St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum:
Chris Kastle 904-829-0745 ext 208, ckastle@staugustinelighthouse.com  
Please visit our link: www.staugustinelighthouse.com and click on “Calendar” and then “Education”.
Pre and post program study materials are available by request as well as Sunshine Standards covered.
http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/education/educmain

 
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park - Educational Programs Available (White Springs)
Dear Educator:
Educational programs for school groups (all class levels) will be held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.
Many educational possibilities are available in a wide number of events that are held at both Parks and will offer the diversity of Florida’s culture and history.
E-mail and ask about the registration forms for the School Field Trips that we offer.  Also, you can schedule to visit a tour of either park at any time.  An Activity Guide with supplemental materials correlated with Sunshine State Standards is available for Rural Folklife Days and the Olustee Educational Day.
If you have a distance to come and need overnight accommodations you may want to schedule a stay in our campground or cabins through Reserve America, 1-800-326-3521.
Please feel free to contact me toll free at 1-877-635-3655 or e-mail me at margaret.a.nelson@dep.state.fl.us .  I look forward to your class participating in one of our educational programs.
Sincerely,
Mitzi Nelson, Information Specialist
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/activities.cfm#25

 
Stone Mountain Park, GA
Homeschool Day

 
Two Tails Ranch Elephant Rescue Farm
Contact: Patricia Zerbini
18655 NE 81st
Williston, FL 32696
     "All About elephants is an educational facility that offers an opportunity to teach and learn while caring for elephants.  They offer a variety of educational programs for schools and other large groups.  Clinics, lecture, and hands on learning programs are part of our commitment to further our knowledge and to instill awareness.  Exploring elephants past, present, and future can all be experienced here at Two Tails Ranch. Inc.  Our museum has a large collection of prehistoric artifacts, fossils, memorabilia, and information about elephants and their ancestors dating back million of years."
     The farms includes - mini donkeys, Arabian horse, zebra, giant tortoise, and camels.  There is a bengal tiger visiting as well as War horses. Lipizzan stallions
     Direction: Take 41/27- South from Archer toward Williston.  Just before  (3/4 mile) before blinking light in Raliegh- turn left.  The ranch is on  left sid of raod. (Look for sign on stop sign)   Turn left onto 81st street.  Go to end of road approx 1 mile and turn into left gate.   Due to nature of ranch - you must have permission before visiting!  You must have an escort in order to enter the property.  Therefore, please call the owner if you have any questions.
     ALL MONEY RAISED GOES TO SUPPORT THE ANIMALS CARE AND FEED!


Universal Orlando
Youth Programs
https://www.universalorlandoyouth.com/Education/Education-Programs/Default.html


U of F Observatory
The University of FL has an observatory that is usually open for viewing most Friday nights {weather permitting} at 8:30 p.m. across the street from the Reitz Union. Call 352-392-2052
 
Water treatment Plant
Murphree Water Treatment Plant
1600 NE 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32605-5321
or 200 SE 16th Ave
or I think there's one off Tower Rd.
 
 
Wild Adventures
Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA will host our annual Homeschool Days in September. We cordially invite you to join us for a truly unique educational experience. This event gives us an opportunity to make our parks a medium for youth learning and development.
http://www.wildadventures.com/Groups/SchoolFieldTripsGroups/tabid/480/Default.aspx
Sincerely,
Marketing Coordinator
Adventure Parks Group, LLC
3766 Old Clyattville Road
Valdosta, GA 31601
229-219-7080 x1264
229-559-1539 fax


Wilderness at the Smokies Home School Days
Nov 9-13, 2014
We welcome you and your family to a fantastic fall get-a-way in the Smokies, where you will experience Education and Excitement!
Titanic Museum Attraction and Wilderness at the Smokies team up with the most discounted opportunities of the season!
www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/home-school-days
 

 
WordSpring Discovery Center field trip opportunities (ORL)
Your home schooled children have a wonderful opportunity for field trips at WordSpring Discovery Center in Orlando. WordSpring is an interactive experience for all ages featuring cultures of the world, languages, translation, and the history of Bible translation around the world.  There is an international gift shop with some inexpensive items for children to purchase, and the  cafe can offer catered meals or  box lunches to groups as well as the daily menu.    There is plenty of space for a group to bring their own lunches if desired. 
Group admission rates are available, and an "Explorer's Guide" is offered at a small cost to help focus children on appropriate topics of exploration. 
For further information or to schedule your group please contact
Gary Shires at 407-852-3863 or gary_shires@wycliffe.org       
 
 
Zoo - Jacksonville
Homeschool Programs
 
 
Zoo - Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville