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Action-Packed Education: Amusement Park Field Trips

Hersheypark’s Great Bear rollercoaster

Hersheypark’s Great Bear rollercoaster

A popular destination for end-of-year class trips or summer camp outings, amusement parks can also put classroom concepts into real-life perspective. These educational experiences emphasize learning while doing, so expect fast-paced thrills and hands-on programs that keep kids engaged as they study school subjects. 

Math and Science

At amusement parks, students can test physical science and physics concepts or determine the speed of zooming rollercoasters through self-guided activities. Parks offer expert presentations about the science behind rides or groups can conduct controlled experiments.

Some parks offer dedicated math and science days.

   • Hersheypark: Math Day, Physics Day, Science Day, May 4, 10 & 17, 2012, respectively. Guides are available for trips on other days of your choice.

   • Morey’s Piers: Education Days, May 30-31 & June 1

   • Sesame Place: CSI: Club of Science Investigators, Fridays in May

   • Six Flags Great Adventure: Physics, Math & Science Days, Fridays, April 27-May 25. Exclusively open for education groups on April 27. Physics Teacher Workshop, April 21.

SkyScreamer at Six Flags Great AdventureAnimal & Environmental Studies

Biology programs at Six Flags Great Adventure focus on animal studies at the on-site Wild Safari zoo. Beachfront Morey’s Piers brings in ecology experts from the Jersey shore’s Wetlands Institute to teach students about marine life during Education Days.

Theater & Communications

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how amusement parks create, implement or promote entertainment experiences at Hersheypark, Morey’s Piers and Six Flags Great Adventure during designated program days. Students can see how make-up art transforms actors into characters, watch stage show rehearsals, ask a choreographer questions or listen to presentations from marketing staff.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

Plan and Book Your Trip

Contact the parks directly for more info on education programs, class trips and registration. Many welcome homeschool and cyber students too.

Hersheypark, Hershey, PA
800-242-4236s

Morey’s Piers, Wildwood, NJ
609-522-3900, ext. 1195
schoolprograms@moreyspiers.com

Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
215-752-7070, ext. 222

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
732-928-2000, ext. 2859

Field Trip Checklist

Hersheypark provides this helpful checklist for planning and preparing your field trip.

Planning the Trip
• Plan financing
• Make and confirm transportation
• Acquire student permission slips
• Consider parent support
• Establish at-the-park procedures (check-in locations, emergency procedures)
• Establish an itinerary for the day
• Review lunch arrangements

Classroom Preparation
• Prepare a written agenda for the day and a precise list of what you expect students to accomplish
• Establish and review safety requirements and emergency procedures
• Review and pretest students on concepts to be reinforced by the trip
• Organize and review materials necessary for the field experience (activity sheets, pencils, calculators, stop watches, bag to carry items, etc.)
• Determine student teams
• Set clear objectives and requirements for students (required activities, evaluation procedure, follow-up assignments, etc.)

 

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