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The Pasadena-area and surrounding communities are rich in cultural, scientific, and historical resources.

Every year the Pasadena Educational Foundation allocates a field trip budget to each Pasadena Unified School District schools. Our Field Trip Grant Program funds and provides transportation for approximately 300 field trips a year that send thousands of students to engage with community organizations including aquariums, performing and visual arts institutions, nature centers, science centers, and others.


Why Are Field Trips Important?

Field trips are recognized as important moments in learning. As shared social experiences, field trips provide the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting.

Getting out of the classroom and into the community enriches and expands the curriculum, strengthens observation skills by immersing students into sensory activities, increases their knowledge in a particular subject area, and expands students awareness of their own community.

Hands-on experiences produce questions and answers that can help shape a child’s future.

Field trips:

  • Are an essential part of learning about the world.
  • Important to help bridge the gap between education and hands-on experience.
  • Teach that learning takes place in many places.
  • Broaden the educational experience and make a subject more relevant.
  • Connect the dots for students by providing real experiences related to all content areas.
  • And they are fun!

Field Trip Spotlight

Field Elementary Kinder Mandarin Dual Language went to the Natural History Museum to explore more about the life cycles of animals they were studying.

Everyone has a field trip memory! Share your PUSD field trip story here connect@pasedfoundation.org

Help Shape a Child’s Future


Field Trip Grants to schools are just one of the many ways the Pasadena Educational Foundation helps to create a vibrant and enriching educational experience for all public school children in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.