Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Exciting things are happening at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! With the addition of Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children's Garden, our focus on children is front and center. Exciting new school programs engage children throughout the Garden using experiential learning principals that integrate standards from multiple areas, including science, art, math, literature, and more. Choose one of our programs, carefully designed to address North and South Carolina Essential Standers as well as Common Core, according to the age of your students. We can customize any of our programs to older learners as well.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

USNSC Field trips offer a variety of experiences in a unique, outdoor learning environment. For groups consisting of students in grades K-12, these programs expose students to outdoor experiences that are active, exciting, and incorporate many of the popular pass activities at the USNSC. All programs are taught by qualified Environmental Educators and provide an enriching out-of-classroom experience. 

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Gaston County Museum of Art & History

Located in the historic Hoffman Hotel in Dallas, NC, The Gaston County Museum of Art & History is home to award-winning exhibits and strives to preserve the history and art of the County and the region. Educational programming is available for all ages onsite or we can bring the field trip to you.

Mountain Island Educational State Forest

Located in Lincoln and Gaston Counties this park is a picturesque slice of nature featuring abundant plant and animal life. Not yet open to the public, the forest will feature classes and exhibits designed to educate school children, forestry professionals, and the general public about the important of North Carolina's forest health.

Lewis Farm

What better way to teach your students about life on a farm than letting them experience it for themselves? A functioning family farm is a great way to educate students. Plan a field trip to Lewis Farm to help them learn about animals, crops and farm chores firsthand.


We host our Fall Festival for students Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-

Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Fridays are only for groups of more than 100 children.  The field trip lasts for two and half hours with rotating stations. The cost is $12. This includes all stations and a field trip pumpkin - the size of a volleyball.


All ages are welcome.

Kings Mountain Historical Museum

KMHM preserves and interprets three historic structures including a 1939 Post Office building and two 19th century homes.These buildings provide a backdrop for educational tours that interpret the lifestyle of 19th and 20th century and a variety of other relating to local history. Most exhibits include themes related to history and social studies; some also touch in the fields of science, math, and technology. Programs related to the study of earth sciences and local geology may also be scheduled in advance on an ongoing basis.

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Crowders Mountain State Park

Climb rugged peaks rising 800 feet above the surrounding countryside and watch raptors soar in the wind currents. Rocky ledges and outcrops are perfect seats to which to view the panorama below. The park itself is 5,096 acres. Travel park trails for a closer look at the highland environment. environmental educational experiences are correlatedto the NC standard course of study.  Competency goals in science, social studies, math and English/language arts are explored.

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The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Field trips to The Schiele Museum are an exceptional way to supplement classroom instruction to meet state standard for curriculum and instruction. Students will have access to permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, the outdoor spaces on the nature trail, museum store, an array of educational programs, and an immersive dome theatre experience in the planetarium if they choose to take advantage of the diverse experiences available at The Schiele Museum.

Bit of Hope Ranch

The Ranch has more than horses! This 45 acre facility offers, a large barn, 2 covered arenas, a Low Rope Course, a stocked pond, picnicking areas with bonfire pits and a small animal petting area for its many educational programs. The Ranch offers special groups learning programs with themes that focus on horses, horse therapy, animal husbandry, STEM with a farm focus, leadership building, outdoor art and more.