June at last! Summer is near. For those of you who want to plan ahead for next year's school trips, this NetWatch provides options that are a bit out of the ordinary and offer lots of information at the click of a mouse.

by Lynda Scarrow

Day Tripping

Museum search


Click and go

As easy as one, two, three – the Ontario Museum Association's database includes a search function for Ontario museums by name, type or city. Or click on a map to locate museums in your area. Information includes a brief description of each site plus maps, web sites and contact information.

Fun connection


Tour guide

Discover Ontario has compiled a number of interesting web pages about Underground Railroad tours, birding and butterfly tours, historical, theatrical and agricultural tours. While the focus is mainly on family/individual adult tours, the information is still relevant for setting up tours for students.

Living arts


Workshop info

Specific program information is found at this museum site. Students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 10 can participate in artist-run workshops linked to the Ontario curriculum. Special programs can be created for Grades 11 and 12. Workshops include textiles and fibre arts, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking and drawing, drama, dance and music.



Dig in

This well-designed site introduces beginners to the world of rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones and Canadian geology. The junior rockhound section includes student-friendly information on fossils, mining, rocks and minerals, and geology. A field trips and trip safety section provides good information on preparations, map-reading and safe rockhounding – plus a code of conduct for collectors.

Campsite 24


Park and go

Campsite24 encourages field trips complementing the Ontario Parks school programs. Nature-interpretation programs for schools are offered by 38 parks. Information about lesser-known parks may elicit student curiosity and help you plan a visit.

The great outdoors


In the field


This site has a wealth of information for teachers interested in student field trips. Under Outdoor Adventures, you'll find arts & wonders, nature viewing, water adventures, hiking, snow adventures and spring highlights. Arts & wonders also takes you to history & heritage, which offers detailed information about aboriginal educational programs across the province.

Lynda Scarrow is the College's web editor. She can be reached at lscarrow@oct.ca.

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