• February 1, 2013

Field Trip Memories

Do you remember the joy of leaving school to discover a new place? Our State staff shares some of their favorite school field trip memories. Share yours with us, too!


The March 2013 essay by Memsy Price on school field trips got us reminiscing about our own educational adventures. Remember the excitement boarding the bus to discover something new? Our State staff shares some of their favorite school field trip memories. We’d love to hear yours, too!

Share your favorite field trip memories with us in the comment section below.

Jenn White“When I was in the second grade, we went to Chinqua Penn Plantation. I remember being in awe of the fine furnishings and design elements that surrounded me and thus began my love of furniture and design!”
— Jenn White, Sales Manager
Diane Martin“My favorite Field Trip was also my first one! When I was in second grade, my class went to Appomattox Court House and it began a life-long love of travel (and postcards!). I loved leaving my home town and seeing some place completely different.”
— Diane Martin, Sales Representative
Leah Hughes“One of my favorite field trips in elementary school was the fourth-grade trip to Raleigh. It was a trip you heard about every year leading up to the fourth grade. Now, in fourth grade at 9 years old, none of us understood much about the significance of the buildings we were seeing. But that young perspective gave us the opportunity to enjoy the small nuances of the capital city that many might miss, such as the trinkets in the gift shop at the N.C. Museum of History or the tulips blooming outside the governor’s mansion. I’m not sure if the fourth-grade trip to Raleigh is still a mainstay at Farmer Elementary, but it sure stuck in my mind.”
— Leah Hughes, Associate Editor
Jeffrey Turner“In elementary school I went on a field trip to Masonboro Island near Carolina Beach. I remember that a boat carried my class across the water. I imagine some of my classmates had never stepped on a boat before. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I had either. I remember feeling a little uneasy on that boat ride, so I’m guessing it was either due to inexperience or the hotdog bagged lunch we all ate before leaving the marina.”
— Jeffrey Turner, Assistant Editor
Erin Reitz“In elementary school, I remember that the return to school from a field trip was often just exciting as the field trip itself because we got to rave about our adventure to those who didn’t get to come. When my 5th grade class went to Washington D.C. we spent a lovely spring day museum hopping until the weather took an unexpected turn. Around dinnertime we found ourselves without transportation, huddled under picnic tables as a tornado and heavy storm swept through the city. It was terrifying in the moment, but afterwards we had a dramatic story that was the talk of the school for days, and that garnered the trip the title of ‘best field trip ever.'”
— Erin Reitz, Production Assistant
Katherine Kelly“While I loved many of my field trips when I was young, my favorite field trip was my junior year of high school and the infamous Junior Backpacking Trip with Greensboro Day School. This mandatory trip was built up from the day we walked into high school. The trip arrived, our class was divided into groups, and off we went into Mount Pisgah National Forest for a week. We had to sleep in tents, build fires, pump our water, and carry all of our belongings on our backs. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through, but I more than made it through. It was an amazing experience, and it taught me that I am tougher than I realized and can handle whatever is thrown my way.”
— Katherine Kelly, Integrated Marketing Associate
Andy Busam“In second grade, our class went to the Charles B. Aycock home and experienced what life was like long before our time. One particular activity that stuck with me was churning butter. Several of us took turns until we had beat the liquid close enough to a solid state to call it butter. Our teacher wrapped it up and brought it back to the school. The next morning when we arrived, our teacher had baked fresh muffins. It’s hard to believe they let us have an oven in our classroom. We smeared our churned butter on those muffins and almost swallowed them whole.”
— Andy Busam, Digital Marketing Coordinator
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