Student trips fun and educational

03/21/2011  | 
Field Trip Destination

Chattanooga, Tennessee is the perfect destination for a field trip. Voted by Southern Living magazine’s Reader Choice Awards as one of the Top Three Family Weekend Destinations in the Southeast, the “Scenic City” makes planning your trip as convenient as possible. Students will be having so much fun, they won’t realize it is educational.

The Tennessee Aquarium, the only zoo or aquarium accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, allows teachers to extend their classroom to include some of the most remote habitats on Earth. Aquarium educators provide unforgettable, standards-based educational opportunities for children of all grade levels. Best of all, the aquarium’s educational programs are offered FREE to school groups visiting the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater or River Gorge Explorer.

Box lunches are also available for purchase during an IMAX film or at the aquarium during a free Lunch and Learn program. The Critter Close-Up program allows students to get even closer to live animals such as turtles, lizards, snakes, geckos and frogs while learning the basic elements of a healthy habitat. 

The Chattanooga Zoo offers educational programs using live animals on such topics as: animal types (classification), animal habitats and adaptations, habitat/continent specific animals, endangered animals, and more as well as self-guided field trips for schools. New interactive programs are being developed for Fall 2011. 

Creative Discovery Museum’s Science Theater emphasizes fun, hands-on approaches to science learning while also covering curriculum standards. Science shows dazzle students with spectacular examples of physical and chemical phenomena including liquid nitrogen cannon, electricity flying across the room, objects that seem to defy gravity, hair that literally stands on end and great balls of fire.

The Southern Belle Riverboat offers fully narrated sightseeing cruises teaching children about River Life from what fish you’ll find in the Tennessee River, wild life in this area, water transportation, TVA and more.   

At Rock City Gardens, students will be able to investigate the different types of rocks, discover over 400 species of plants and flowers that thrive in this unique location and gain a greater appreciation for the natural resources that surround us.

Knowledgeable tour guides at Ruby Falls teach children about stalactites, stalagmites and different minerals in an underground cave and America’s largest underground waterfall.

Take your students on a ride up the Incline Railway on historic Lookout Mountain. Known as “America’s most amazing mile,” this landmark is a technical marvel that at its extreme reaches an incline of 72.7% percent, making it the steepest passenger railway in the world.

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park’s Education Days program, aimed at grades five through eight, offers cross-curriculum materials covering math, history, physics, writing, and art topics. Physics Day at Lake Winnepesaukah thrills high school students and teachers alike with hands-on learning that brings the concepts of the classroom to life by experiencing first-hand potential and kinetic energy as they take a twirl on the Ferris Wheel, a spin on the Carrousel and a drop on the Cannon Ball Roller Coaster.

For more information on the many choices available, contact Shelda Rees, Director of Tourism at the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-322-3344 x 3031 or e-mail at [email protected]. Visit us at
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