Field trips are a highlight for students of all ages. But beyond the excitement of missing a few classes, there is a real need for them. Field trips fill two purposes: academic and social.
On the academic front, field trips offer the opportunity for students to learn about topics in a way that books, pictures or movies cannot. Field trips are not a static environment. Students have the chance to ask questions of an expert. They are able to use all of their senses to learn about a topic. And, they get to experience the feelings or emotions that might be part of the particular topic. For example, in the fall when Kindergarten studies apples they take a trip to an apple orchard where they see how the apples are harvested and taste the different culinary delights that apples provide. In 6th grade, students take a trip to Champoeg State Park, where they travel back in time and learn what school what like in the 1800’s.
St. Stephens Academy offers a variety of Field Trips for students in each grade. Some of our school traditions include:
Our school has developed a relationship with Jackson Bottom Wetlands where our students participate in cleanup projects, plant trees, and enjoy bird watching opportunities.
There is also a social side to field trips. Anytime you get a group of students together outside of the classroom, they are going to talk about things that interest them outside the classroom. Seeds of lasting friendships are sown and nurtured during these trips.
Beyond the day trips that most grades take, St. Stephen’s offers two extended trips each year.
Our 7th and 8th grade students take a 3-day science trip in the Pacific Northwest where the students learn about marine life on the Oregon Coast or study geology, ecology, and paleontology in the volcanic and sedimentary rock areas of Central Oregon.
One of the highlights of student life at St. Stephen’s Academy is the trip taken each spring. During this 5-7 day trip for 9th-12th grade, students can learn about our nation’s heritage through the sights and sounds of the cities that have had an impact in shaping the world in which we live. These trips are wonderful opportunities for our students to draw closer to each other in Christian fellowship. It is here that the seeds of true lasting friendships are sown, nurtured, and brought to fruition. Examples of past and future trips are: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., and San Diego.