As a parent of two high school students, I want to ensure the extra trips or activities the school offers will enhance their education. One subject I am concerned and passionate about is science, and I would like to see more opportunities to explore science made available to the next generation as they make decisions about colleges and careers.
In this article, we will look at several places to take high school students for a field trip in the Northern Virginia area. An adventure in scientific discovery can spark an interest, especially when the adventure is outside of the classroom.
Take a trip to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum for up close analysis of historical information and artifacts covering air travel and beyond. The National Mall location is Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, DC 20560. Call 202-633-2214 for event and group information. Normal operating hours are 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is a complementary location to the Museum on the National Mall. At this site students can try out the flight simulator, attend guided tours exploring space, the universe, and the history of flight as well as other topics. Go to their website to register your group and call 703-572-4118 for more information. Located at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, the museum opens at 10:00 am daily and closes at 5:30 pm.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is a treasure trove of information. Maybe your class would like to visit the Hall of Human Origins, understand forensic science or track endangered species. Located at 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560, admission is free and no tickets are necessary for entrance. For more call 202-633-1000. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and open every day except December 25.
The Naturalist Center offers several school programs geared to high school and university students. You must make reservations before bringing your class to visit, so call 800-729-7725 or 703-779-9712 for more information. Classes geared toward biology, genetics, and other life sciences are available. Hours of public operation are Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. The Naturalist Center is located at 741 Miller Drive SE, Suite G2 Leesburg VA 20175.
Grand Caverns offers a wealth of scientific discovery in areas of study such as geology, biology, limestone landscape (karst), and watersheds. The caverns are located at 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, Virginia. 24441. Special tours and pricing are offered for school groups, so contact the Caverns at 540-249-5705 for more information. Grand Caverns is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.