Advance planning keeps outdoor trips educational, fun and safe

Parents, and children, can feel anxious about outdoor field tips, particularly those that take place in settings that are a less confined than their backyard, Pete Barnes a 5th-grade science teacher, writes in Edutopia. That’s why he puts careful planning into putting everyone at ease.Barnes starts by talking about the experiences his students will have a week before they even head out. Where he teaches in Ohio, ticks are a worry, and he tells students they will need to wear long pants and old shoes or boots — and he has a few pair they can borrow in case they need them.He breaks students into small groups, asks adults to join on the trip as well and allows more adventurous students to head off the beaten path a bit, while others stay closer. Not every field trip is a “major expedition,” he wrote, noting that even just seeing a frog in nature or a beetle can also be a wonderful experience for a child.

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