Learning experiences beyond the classroom can often be among the most valuable experiences a student will enjoy and remember. Field trips are an integral part of our curriculum. All of our field trips have curricular significance, and there is an instructional focus for the students. Parents are often asked to accompany the students as chaperones or as visitors on these trips.
Powhatan’s extensive experiential learning program starts at Kindergarten and expands over time. A few examples of current class field trips include:
Kindergarten: Trips to Blandy Experiential Farm and the National Zoo
1st Grade: Trips to Harvue Dairy, Mackintosh Fruit Farm and Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Second Grade: Geology Field Trip, Mount Vernon and National Fruit/Henkel Harris
Third Grade: Overnight trip to Colonial Williamsburg
Fourth Grade: Overnight trip to Monticello & The Frontier Culture Museum (Charlottesville & Staunton, Va.)
Fifth Grade: Overnight to Baltimore and Washington D.C., including Air and Space Museum and the National Cathedral
Sixth Grade: Survival Trip – overnight camping trip includes canoeing on the Shenandoah River
Seventh Grade: Overnight to Antietam and Harpers Ferry
Eighth Grade: 3-day trip to Tangier Island in order to participate in the award-winning Chesapeake Bay Foundation Education Program
Upper School Retreat: Overnight trip for grades 6-8 to begin the school year
Upper School Retreat:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade trip to Blandy Farm:
The sixth grade Survival Trip is a cross-curricular field trip based on the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.