Every Challenge Island® Field Trip is a HIGH ENERGY, HANDS-ON, Cross-Curricular STEAM Adventure featuring Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills. Our Award-Winning Curriculum is aligned with multiple Common Core, State, and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Social Emotional Learning Standards. We have over 100 Challenge Destinations for you to choose from, and equates to a 1-1.5 hour In-School Field trip option for your students!
Our Field Trip Specialist will help you identify the Island experience that best fits your curricular goals. Your students will enjoy a spectacular STEAM vacation without ever leaving school grounds!
Book a tour with a docent or just explore the museum by yourself! Tours generally last an hour and are best for Kindergarten through Highschool, or homeschool groups.
Field Trips: The Governor’s School offers arts-based field trip opportunities to engage 4th-12th grade students in memorable experiences through a variety of tours and workshops.
School Offers: The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities exists to serve 6th – 11th grade students through artistic and academic curricula and programs.
Education and Field Trips: Hagood Mill offers tours of the 176-year-old mill, the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, blacksmith shop, and moonshine still. Children may watch demonstrations by local artisans, participate in hands-on activities, and experience workshops. There are several field trip options including one-day or multi-day trips, traveling field trip shows, and virtual field trips.
Summer Camp Offers: Hagood Mill offers a one day blacksmithing camp June 3, 2023, and one 3-day camp June 6 – 8th for rising 3rd to 12th graders, featuring classes in blacksmithing, leathercraft, plant medicine, pottery, and much more. 2023 registration is now open.
Strawberry Hill offers the perfect farm field trip package for schools, homeschool groups, and churches with 20 or more participants. For groups less than 20, they may combine you with another group if available.
The field trip aligns with the South Carolina state standards for preschool through 2nd-grade levels.
Denver Downs Farm, in Anderson (just off exit 19B), hosts weekday fall field trips full of fun and memorable experience on a real working farm. Trips last approximately 2 hours.
Field trips are $12 per person, and include a hand-picked pumpkin.
Tours and group reservations are currently limited in number, so please contact the farm before submitting a form to visit.
Carl Sandburg Home also offer online virtual lessons. These are not live presentations, but rather virtual lesson plans. Students can learn about the Sandburg family and the significance of Carl Sandburg’s writing. Here are the virtual lesson plans.
This historic estate of poet Carl Sandburg in nearby Flat Rock, NC offers a 1-2 hour educational tour for groups that include writing activities, house tour, and farm visits.
Big Air Trampoline Park is the ultimate destination for your next big event. Our parks are full of fun and unique attractions that won’t be found anywhere else in the Upstate.
The Spartanburg Youth Theatre offers school-time shows of their current productions for teachers and students.
• Age: all ages
• Subject: theatre, music, and language arts
• Tickets are $10 – $13 per student and teachers are free. Teachers will also receive an educational enrichment guide to go along with the show.
Annually, the series presents morning performances by world-renowned musicians, singers, theater companies, and Clemson University student ensembles. Students from public, private schools, and home schools experience both entertaining and inspiring performances.
Visit the Zentrum Museum and learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout their history.
Zentrum museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Guided plant tours are available and students will have the chance to see how the cars are built.
A field trip to the Greenville County Museum of Art provides an exciting way to enhance your curriculum and expand student learning.
A working farm that offers educational field trips around topics like growth, conservation, exploration, human studies, wildlife identification, and cultivation.
Field trips and farm tours are for all ages.
WNC Nature Center currently offers self-guided tours for school groups (registration required), as well as virtual small group programs, virtual auditorium programs, and recorded programs on various topics that include a live animal guest.
View 60 species of native animals at the WNC Nature Center! Programs are available for groups as small as 10.
During a field trip to the Pavilion Recreation Center students can tour the facilities and learn about the refrigeration systems that maintain the ice. Students will also be able to enjoy an ice skating or hockey lesson.
Looking for a unique field trip experience for your students? Kroc Greenville offers an experience that focuses on the health and wellness of students and staff.
Hunter Farms, located outside of Easley, SC, has U-Pick strawberries, an ice cream stand, and, during the fall, a small corn maze. There are even a few games the kids can play after you grab a dipped ice cream or milkshake. The farm also hosts birthday parties and field trips. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.
Lucky Acres Farm is a small family farm in Townville, SC featuring alpacas. Learn about alpacas and how the farm is run, including what products the alpaca fibers are used to create.
Book a multi-day field trip through their Adventure Guides program, Family Camp program, and other programs that allow children to learn about nature while learning how to work together as a group.
Offers standard-based, hands-on science education for groups
• Age: kindergarten – 8th grade
• Subject: science
• Programs can be held at the Science Center, they can come to you, and you can arrange field trips to natural habitats
Visit the Downtown Greenville Airport and/or Runway Park! Learn about aviation, meet a pilot, see aircraft up close, and more! Minimum number of 15 children or $75 for the tour.
864.355.8900 | 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Educational Family Fun
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Field Trips
Located just minutes from downtown Greenville, Roper Mountain Science Center is one of the nation’s most unique learning experiences. As a pinnacle of innovative learning, an engine for community engagement, and a national leader in science education, Roper Mountain’s mission is to ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.
The beautiful 62-acre campus contains an array of state-of-the-art educational facilities including a Planetarium and Observatory, Marine and Ecology labs, a Rainforest, a Living History Farm and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.
Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6000 teachers and 30,000 families experience the latest in explorative STEM education through these interactive exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Afternoon Explorations, Summer Adventure, Laser Days of Summer, Summer Exploration Camps, and seasonal holiday laser shows. Regardless of age, Roper Mountain provides everyone the opportunity to explore, discover, imagine and grow.
Schedule a live planetarium presentation via Zoom with the Earth and Space Science Center Hudnall Planetarium on topics such as constellations/night sky, sun-earth-moon system, moon phases, planets and the solar system, geology and more.
Presentations are available for classes, groups or homeschool families.
Presentations are 30-45 minutes.
In addition to an exciting field trip to the theme park, Carowinds also offers opportunities for students to perform in the park.
• Age: All ages
• Subject: Music performance
• Carowinds also offers a variety of lunch packages
Greenville Zoo is offering virtual field trips for groups. Options are available for Kindergarten through 12th grade and include a wide variety of topics on animals, habitats, careers, veterinary care and more.
Homeschool: Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University host Homeschool Days monthly for students ages 5-14 years old. Classes are at 10 am and 2 pm. Parents may check their child in and leave or stay for a discounted lesson. Classes are held in the Mack Building on the campus of Bob Jones University.
Field Trips: Tours are available for K-12 classes of selected collections on display on the campus of Bob Jones University including: a closer look at American artist Benjamin West during the Revolutionary War and experiencing ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Hebrew cultures as far back as 3200 BC! Learn more about tours!
Museum on the Move brings museum learning to your K-12 classroom by integrating art with the core subject areas and meeting SC state and national standards.
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Indoor Fun
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Educational Family Fun
The Greenville County Library System offers a large variety of virtual and in-person programs for babies, preschoolers, children, and adults! Some programs include take-home kits that can be requested online. Topics include history, art, and science.
The Greenville Library offers field trips including story times, a look-and-find tour, reference tours, and more.
Learn about amazing raptors at the Carolina Raptor Center. They offer a variety of field trip options with educational programming for groups, as well as homeschool days.
See our review of one program here.
Homeschool Days are occasionally offered. Please contact Carolina Raptor Center for specific dates and times.
Spartanburg Philharmonic offers several learning opportunities, including discounted tickets to their Classic Concert series.
• Age: 3rd – 12th (see site for grade level recommendations)
• Subject: Music
• Also offers the Link Up music program and Music Sandwiched In at the public library
Learn the history of Greenville’s own “Shoeless Joe Jackson” You will find artifacts of all sorts including photos, videos, and sports memorabilia that tell this baseball star’s story.
Spartanburg County Historical Association offers tours and living history activities at several historic sites one Friday per month.
At The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU), educators can book a field trip full of learning, engagement, and play–at both museum locations in Greenville and Spartanburg. TCMU-Greenville field trips are available for kids grades K4-Grade 5 and TCMU-Spartanburg field trips are available for kids grades 3K, 4K and 5K. Children can explore museum exhibits and participate in additional STEAM based programming led by TCMU staff and educators.
Did you know the trampoline park, Defy, offers options for school groups? What a great way for kids to have fun and get some exercise.
Field Trips & School Programs: The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson offers 45-60 minute school programs intended to support your curriculum and grade level. Fee is $5 per student.
Summer Camp Offers: The SC Botanical Garden at Clemson offers week-long summer camps in June and July for kids aged 6 – 12.
Live virtual field trips are offered by the Museum of Aviation Foundation.
Options are available for PreK through 12th grade and include STEM topics as well as historical topics such as World War II and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Cost is $75 per class up to 100 people.
Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Biltmore offers group tours for homeschool and school groups, as well as educational programming in their barn.
Ballet Spartanburg offers various school performances for students in Spartanburg County.
• Age: K4 – 8th
• Subject: Dance
• Offers a STEM-based program for students in 3rd- 8th grade as well as a performance of Peter and the Wolf for Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Upcountry History Museum offers a variety of programs that consist of a visit to the History Lab and exploring the Exhibit.
• Age: K5 – 12th grade
• Subject: History
• Also offers homeschool programming monthly
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve offers a wide variety of science and nature field trips and programs.
Studio programs using both pre-recorded video and a live question and answer time are available on a wide variety of dolphin topics for elementary through high school age groups. $95
Live from the Docks programs are live with trainers and dolphins for 30-45 minutes, making this program more customizable. $140
Live presentations through Zoom that include customizable topics. They currently offer 6 distinct virtual programs.
All virtual field trips are $150 for 30 minutes.
Access previous live talks and visits to play anytime.
Want an event your students or group won’t stop talking about? Plan it with Sky Zone! Our fundraisers operate on a sliding scale. The higher your attendance, the more money we give back to your school or group.
The Greenville Zoo is the community’s choice for field trips. A day at the zoo is a day of discovery, offering fun and memorable learning experiences for students K4-12.
SCCT offers many opportunities for daytime performance field trips, visits from performers to your location, and specialized residencies.
The National Park System has a wide variety of live, pre-recorded and activity based online field trip experiences for all grade levels. Talk with a ranger at the Grand Canyon, dive live into a kelp forest, go whale watching, ask a ranger about living in Alaska, chat with a ranger at Lincoln’s Home, and so much more.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers a variety of field trip opportunities for students of any age. Check out Chimney Rock for more details.
Eden farms offers English riding lessons for ages 6 through adult with private or group lesson options. They also offer birthdays, field trips, summer camps and more.
Homeschool at the Barn- Includes an hour long riding lesson or trail ride, learning about life on a working horse farm (grooming, saddling, equine anatomy, feeding and more), horse themed crafts, bible study, snack, and time to play on the new playground.
Field Trips: Eden Farms has offered educational field trips for all ages and sizes including church groups, Scout troops, and schools. Groups rotate through their 40-stall barn to different hands-on horse stations to learn about grooming, saddling, healthcare, horse breeds, feeding, healthcare, and more! Horseback riding, playground, and time for a picnic are also available.
Learn about agriculture at Stewart Farms. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and the corn maze.
Offers field trips and occasional special events for homeschoolers.
Homeschool Days for fall are September 26 and 27, 2023.
Paris Mountain offers group hikes and educational programs about nature and the history of Paris Mountain State Park.
Students will learn about electricty and how it is produced safely. The programs utilize hands on activites as well as movies and brain teaser games, depending on age group.
Greyrock Farms and Green Acres Produce provide students with educational dairy tours where students not only learn about dairy farming but also experience it firsthand. They offer spring tours and fall tours.
Engaging students has never been more fun! From interactive exhibits to enriching STEM programs, the Schiele Museum is your educational resource. Visit the Schiele Museum to see how it can be a resource for you!