School Field Trips
Travel one hour east of Pittsburgh to Indiana County where visitors will find an abundance of interactive educational programs to experience. Whether you teach first grade or 10th grade, field trips are always a great way to reinforce curriculum. Indiana County offers unique places, some that can’t be found anywhere else. Visit and explore a variety of learning experiences from growing Christmas trees to walking through a museum that pays tribute to a Hollywood icon.
Start your adventure in “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World” by driving through fields of Christmas trees and learning about the species and the process of how a seedling is nurtured into a tree that provides beauty in our homes during the holiday season. More than 800,000 trees are produced annually and shipped all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Indiana is the birthplace and childhood home of film icon Jimmy Stewart. A museum is dedicated to his film, radio, television and military career. It showcases his involvement in 81 movies including the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and his last movie “An American Tale: Fievel Goes West.”
Tucked away in a secluded section of Northern Indiana County is the community of Smicksburg, home to over 300 Old Order Amish families. Students and adults will feel as though they have stepped back in time while traveling through the beautiful country scenery of rolling farmland and share the road with Amish buggies. Attend the Amish Wedding Feast and listen to a narration of what life is like as a young Amish couple who are preparing to get married.
Walk through the exhibit of “A Day in the Life of an Enslaved Child” at the Blairsville Area Underground Railroad Museum and listen to a living history presentation about the life of children and adults who escaped slavery during the 1800’s.
Additional interactive programs include visiting a pottery studio, learning the process of removing iron from acid mine drainage, or participating in an environmental program at Yellow Creek State Park.
Contact the Indiana County Tourist Bureau at 1-877-746-3426 to arrange a field trip that will be filled with adventure and educational value. As an added bonus, all students within the group will receive a free Indiana County backpack. Once you have visited Indiana County, you’ll know why we say “Come for Learning, Take Home an Experience!”