With school being back in session, we know Osceola County teachers will eventually be gearing up to plan some fun (and educational!) field trips for their students. What some people might not know is that the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, Pioneer Village and our Traveling Trunks make for some great field trip experiences (and some of what we have to offer can come right to you in the classroom—consider it a virtual field trip of sorts).
For the classic field trip (you know, the one where you load up on a bus and come to us!), we’ve got a few options to choose from:
Pioneer Village Tour (the new Pioneer Village is currently still under construction, but we wanted you to have all the information for when it’s ready come November!). While here you can tour multiple structures from the late 1800’s, including a general store, a school house, a cracker house, a blacksmith shop, a citrus packing house and more! Each building is packed with artifacts to showcase the lifestyle of early Florida pioneers.
Pioneer Food Tasting (for groups of 30 or less) lets students sample pioneer food and even make their own butter! This is offered for an extra nominal fee.
Steffee Preserve Nature Hike is a walk through undeveloped land in the Steffee Preserve and Shingle Creek Regional Park. Here, guests can get a feel for what wild Florida was like during the 1800’s. There is even a boardwalk through the wetlands and informational markers along way to learn even more about how important Shingle Creek is as “the headwaters of the Everglades”. A nature scavenger hunt is also available.
Welcome Center and History Museum Tour takes students through time to see how Native Americans, early settlers and our famous cowboys helped shape this county’s rich past. Children can learn even more with hands-on displays and an interactive scavenger hunt.
Now here’s where our fun virtual field trips come into play…
Traveling Trunks are our twist on the average field trip that bring history right into the classroom! These traveling trunks contain many high-quality reproductions of historical artifacts and photographs for students to have a personal experience with the past. This is a great way for students to learn historical thinking skills, practice asking questions about the past, study history from multiple perspectives and share their knowledge through creative activities. The two trunks we currently offer are the Seminole Indian Traveling Trunk and the Florida Cowman Traveling Trunk, both available for teachers to borrow free of charge.