By: Andrea Dillon
One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take many field trips and provide real-world experiences for your homeschoolers. Whether it is a visit to a museum, science center, or even a trip to a local post office or fire department, there is something out there to help make the learning fun. Every state has its unique locations that would be fun to visit. We have gathered a list of great places to visit in Alaska with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!
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Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Alaska
Alaska homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Alaska. Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Alaska with kids while you are visiting.
Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas
The Anchorage Museum sits on the traditional homeland of the Eklutna Dena’ina. The museum is committed to recognizing and honoring the land, culture and language of the Dena’ina people. We recognize and respect the continuing connection, by Alaska Native people and all Indigenous people, to the land, waters and communities.
State/National Park Field Trip Ideas
Get out and into the world with state and national park field trip ideas. Many of these locations hold a variety of history, science, and nature for your homeschoolers to enjoy.
“A System of Dreams
That’s what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 156 park units from Alaska’s far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska’s park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.”
- Get connected with Alaska National Parks! “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.”
Science / Natural History Center Field Trip Ideas
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska
“CLCA was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska. Using simulated space and earth science missions, distance education and hands-on workshops, CLCA inspires youth to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to consider careers in these fields. Through a variety of hands on mediums, participants work in an environment that spans academic areas while learning valuable skills in problem solving, communication, and teamwork.”
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas
“The Alaska Aviation Museum is located in the heart of Alaska aviation. It sits on the south shore of Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, with more than 87,000 takeoﬀs and landings per year. A half-mile away is Ted Stevens International Airport, the air crossroads of the world. You can watch takeoﬀs and landings right from the museum.”
“The Alaska Law Enforcement Museum is home to the colorful history of the dedicated officers who brought law and order to one of the largest and far-flung jurisdictions of America.”
“The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is a living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska that promotes active observance of Alaska Native culture and traditions. As the only statewide cultural and education center dedicated to celebrating all cultures and heritages, ANHC serves as a statewide resource for Alaska Natives from birth until Elder, and we support and celebrate Alaska Natives from all of Alaska’s Native cultures, including Iñupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit, Unangax̂, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Yup’ik, and Cup’ik.”
“The mission of the Pioneer Air Museum is to collect, protect, and preserve for educational purposes objects that reflect the history of interior and arctic Alaskan aviation through acquiring, restoring, interpreting, and displaying historically significant objects. ”
Aquariums / Nature Centers / Zoo Field Trips
“Alaska Botanical Garden is an independent nonprofit living museum. Our mission is to showcase the beauty and value of Alaska’s garden and natural areas through science, education, and recreation using organic and sustainable practices.”
“The Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to over 200 injured birds each year. Although we specialize in raptors, we will aid any wild bird in need. We strive to heal, rehabilitate and release all of our avian patients, however, some are injured too severely to fully recover and survive in the wild. These non-releasable birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence team, helping us teach the public and schoolchildren about the wonders of raptor natural history and the habitats in which they live!”
“Since our gates opened in 1969, we have cared for orphaned and injured wildlife as the only zoo in Alaska. We are proud of how far we have come to care for wildlife in need and to provide quality education and conservation programs for the local community, those across Alaska and visitors from around the country as well as internationally.”
Other Field Trip Ideas
“This is an amazing waterpark, with many fun attractions. At the time of completion, H2Oasis Waterpark was the fifth largest indoor waterpark in the United States.”
Do you have a location that would make a good field trip in Alaska? Let me know in the comments below or contact me to get it added!