It's early Monday morning. You are half awake, listening for the SubAssistant text alert on your phone. Where will you work today? Wait! It's the middle of July! Time for you to get some much-deserved relaxation and squeeze in an educational trip (or two!). So, make yourself a cold beverage and start planning some fun and educational trips for summer.
- Camping and hiking go hand in hand with summer vacation. Visit the National Park Service website to find parks that appeal to you and your family. The NPS also offers educational programs while you visit the park. (Bonus! There is a teacher section of the NPS website so you can share your new knowledge with your students!)
- Plan a trip to a museum that interests you. Type in your ZIP code and choose a date range for your visit on the MuseumsUSA website. You can see a map of the museums, as well as a list of events for each location. Remember to check websites such as Groupon for discounted admissions, and don't forget to ask if locations offer discounted teacher rates (always bring your teacher ID card)!
- Get out of the country! There are many websites such as Education First that offer educational trips around the world. Imagine sharing those world cultures with your students!
- Stay local! Check with your local university for educational events. Additionally, local city and county organizations offer educational events throughout the year. Check your local city and county websites, as well as local newspapers and social media pages for event details.
Enjoy your educational trips this summer. However, don't forget to plan some downtime. Read a book, take a nap, and enjoy the sunshine so that you can be your best for your students in September!
Do you have recommendations for awesome educational trips? Share them with us!