Field trips are integral to the culture and program at Marin Primary & Middle School. On almost any given school day, our students set out to learn about the world outside of the classroom. The field trips are adventurous and diverse, and range from within the Bay Area to other areas of California and even beyond our state borders. These ventures away from school are a way to make learning come to life and considered an essential part of the MP&MS integrated curriculum. Field trips are important integrated elements within each grade’s curriculum. For example, our third grade students spend several months engaged in an integrated study of Africa which culminates in an overnight experience at Safari West, where students spend the night in a preserve with African animals.
Each year, beginning in second grade, students participate in an overnight field trip, in addition to the many day long trips that fill the calendar. Science students from various grades can be found hiking in nearby Baltimore Canyon to understand the cycle of water or touring the local recycling center (our schoolwide recycling program allows the students to play a major role in environmental stewardship). Classes also visit the many museums and cultural resources in San Francisco and outside the city in the greater Bay Area. Our students acquire greater cultural awareness while visiting the Mission neighborhoods in San Francisco to view the painted murals on Balmy Alley and the inspirational Asian Art Museum.
Overnight field trips for our younger grades include the thrid grade overnight at Safari West, second graders sleeping on the crest of the Pacific coast at the Marin Headlands, and finally, in fourth grade, staying two nights at Mission Springs in Santa Cruz, a wonderful outdoor education field trip (the night hike and “the banana slug club” are especially exciting), and traveling to the Gold Country to experience the life of early Californians.