Vermont Field Trip Guide
Academic and engaging experiences are abundant in Vermont
If you’re looking for a place filled with educational and entertaining activities for a student field trip, then Vermont is the spot. This Northeast gem is brimming with history and culture, as well as modern advances in science and technology. The Green Mountain State offers everything you could possibly want for a student trip, including some truly memorable experiences that only Vermont can provide.
A Few Vermont Field Trip Ideas
- Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
- Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
- Southern Vermont Arts Center
- Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
- Montshire Museum of Science
Vermont History & Heritage Field Trip Ideas
Vermont is home to more than 100 covered bridges, meaning there are more covered bridges per square mile here than any other state. It is said that at one time, there were over 700 covered bridges scattered around the state. The ones that remain today have become staples of Vermont’s landscape, and a window into its past. Students can learn all about these architectural jewels on a self-guided or professionally led tour. Many historical figures called Vermont home, including the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. At the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, student groups can visit his birthplace and childhood home, as well as a church and schoolhouse built in the mid-to-late 1800’s. The museum is home to several exhibits and artifacts about Calvin Coolidge’s life, both before and during his presidency.
Throughout Vermont student travel groups will find memorial sites dedicated to the Revolutionary War. One of the most significant locations is Mount Independence, home of a US fortification that played a key role in the war efforts. Today, students can enjoy guided hikes on six miles of trails and listen to historic lectures about this land’s place in history. Students can travel back in time at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum to see what it was like in New England during and after the Revolutionary War. For a taste of local culture, and a touch of antiquity, student groups can venture to any of Central Vermont’s historic downtowns, such as Middlebury, Bristol, and even the capital, Montpelier.
Performing Arts Locations to Visit
For those performing student groups, Vermont offers several venues where bands, orchestras, and choirs can put on a show. Students can showcase their musical skills at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, home to the 400-seat Louise Arkell Pavilion. This performance space even has retractable side walls that make for a one-of-a-kind open-air show. During the summer, Vermont has several acclaimed music festivals that student groups an apply to perform at, such as the Killington Music Festival and the Manchester Music Festival, which both have young artists series. And if your crew is up for watching a great show, check out the Flynn Student Matinee Series, which introduces students to dynamic, thought-provoking topics through performance art.
Educational Field Trips through STEM
While Vermont has deep historical roots and a strong arts scene, it also boasts several great STEM experiences for students interested in modern technology and science. Budding food scientists will find pure bliss on a tour at one of Vermont’s many factories, churning out local products from cheddar cheese to ice cream. At Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, student groups can get a glimpse at the inner workings of the sugarmaking process, walk the ‘maple trail’ to the trees where the magic begins, and get a taste of the farm’s maple syrup, jellies, creemees, and more.
At the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, students can take a guided tour to the Smith Quarry, said to be the largest operating deep-hole granite quarry in the world. Not only will they learn about the geological importance of the land, but also the products and crafts that come from the stone. Students can even watch as craftspeople work to shape the stone and laser-guided machines slice through large slabs of granite. Some other notable Vermont STEM attractions include: the Montshire Museum of Science, boasting hands-on exhibits dedicated to astronomy, nature, technology, and more; and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, dedicated to the care of the lake and the ecology of the animals and plant life that thrive there.
Main photo: Downtown Montpelier, Vermont. Photo courtesy of Montpelier Alive