Hi everyone. I love in house field trips. Because wehicular trasnportation is a challgne, we can only do walking field trips....and there are not that many palces within walking distance.
So I do a lot of in-house where I invite speakers in. Most are very gracious about coming. I try to give them a list of student questions a week or so in advance to help. We have had the water department, department of wildlife, architects and engineers, doctors, dentists.
Using your families is an often overlooked resource. In addition to talking about jobs, they are great for cultural and travel resources. One of my students last year had a grandfather who had had to travel a lot for work and had lots of interesting stories to share
Virtual field trips are another avenue. Skyping, webcams, online programs by natrue centers and museums are always good to do when relevant to what we are studying
And if you are doing an auhtor study in conjuction with your science work, don't ignore authros websites. Sometimes they will come and read stories at school; other times you can just listen to the author read. All very good
Next fall, Science and Chidlren, is doing a themed issue Beyond the Field Trip. That should have a lot of excellent ideas and resources as well