When I was a child, the excitement of an upcoming field trip would have me up at the crack of dawn with my bags packed and sitting by the door waiting for the rest of the family to get up. I may have even slept in my clothes once so I would be ready even faster the next morning. As a child, I thought about the fun parts of the field trip. Riding on a bus, being in class but not at school and seeing something new. Little did I know, the teachers had found a great way to sneak in a learning experience. As adults, we often don’t get opportunities to go on field trips. If you have school-aged children, you may get a chance to go but then you still have responsibilities of watching a group of children. Isn’t it time for a field trip that you can enjoy without being responsible? The answer is yes! Participating in NAI events gives you the opportunity to go on a field trip that is geared toward your interest as an interpreter AND all you have to do is wake up and be ready to go before the vans pull away.
This February, the regional workshop will be in Stone Mountain, Georgia. There are a variety of field trips available from which you can choose. If you work with animals in your job or you just have a love of animals, you may want to go on the Zoo Atlanta field trip. Not only will you have a chance to encounter animals, you will learn about their research efforts and educational programming.
With Stone Mountain being on the outskirts of Atlanta, many historical sites are just a hop, skip and short drive away. Atlanta is rich in history and several field trips will take you on a journey to the past. Learn more about the life of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. as you visit the MLK National Historic Site. From seeing the home he was born in to visiting his grave, this field trip is sure to be an enlightening trip into the past.
If you’re looking for a broader view of Georgia’s history, you may want to take a field trip to the Atlanta History Center. Take a walk through history as you wind your way through exhibits, touring historic houses, and visiting the birthplace of Gone with the Wind. If you love stories, you may choose to visit the Wren’s Nest. The Wren’s Nest is the home of Joel Chandler Harris, the author who penned Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. Br’er Rabbit or Br’er Fox are a few of the characters in these stories.
If you want to get in touch with your inner child, The Center for Puppetry Arts is the trip for you. You’ll learn how to use puppetry in your interpretive programs, watch a puppet show and make your own puppet!
This February, bring excitement back into your life by signing up for a field trip. Not only will you have an enjoyable experience, you may learn something new without even knowing it!