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ISTA partners with Indiana State Museum on free school field trips

The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) has partnered for the first time with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to support free school field trips for Hoosier students around the state. 

In a time when school field trips can be too costly for many schools, ISTA’s support will provide students with learning outside of the classroom, whether they’re exploring the Indiana State Museum downtown or one of the museum system’s historic locations around the state. 

“Field trips offer kids a hands-on learning experience that is remembered for years but finding the funding for a school field trip can be overwhelming for educators and school districts,” said ISTA President Teresa Meredith. “ISTA is excited to support the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ free field trip program to make field trips more accessible and encourage life-long learning.”

The field trip program at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites serves tens of thousands of students each school year. By visiting the museum’s locations, students get to experience Indiana’s past, present and future through hands-on exploration, including getting up-close with Ice Age giants, participating in science in the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab and more. 

The museum system’s historic locations around the state also allow for Hoosier students statewide to experience the real places that help tell the story of Indiana, even if they cannot make the trek to Indy. 

“There are great educational resources throughout Indiana,” said Meredith. “From learning about our state’s Native American cultures at Angel Mounds State Historic Site to the first state capitol in Corydon, this partnership connects kids to educational opportunities close to home.” 

Learn more about the free field trip program and how to participate.