Friday, April 26, 2013

Field tripping our way to Teach Them Diligently - you can too!

It's that time again! We are getting geared up to hit the road for Teach Them Diligently in Nashville!
I just wrote about why TTD Convention is a frugal choice for our family (and why I think everyone should check it out). I mentioned that we plan family adventures around these conventions and things.
Road trips are a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore new areas, visit museums, and learn new things.

We join a local science museum associated with the ASTC Passport Program (Association of Science and Technology Centers) which gives us access to hundreds of museums across the country - for free!

Check out the full list of participating museums and science centers here to plan your own museum stops along the way. We will also be camping and exploring all we can from Southwest FL to Nashville.

We are heading from waaaaaaayyyyy down south. If you'll be headed this way
 (like maybe for TTD Marketplace in Ft Myers) You may want to check out the links under the map for a few exciting family field trip ideas. 

Map of Florida - Southwest District
Just a few local parks with Hiking, fishing, kayaking: 
North Florida: Once we get out of our general area and head into North Florida, our adventure begins:  

Map of Florida - Northeast District
On our list: 

 Paynes Prairie Preserve to see the bison and wild horses! 
Oleno State Park - for a picnic and a beautiful walk by the river - small history museum here too with the 
old grist mill: 

Grist Mill at O'Leno SP - on the road to @Apologia #realrefreshmentOleno State Park #outdoors Great spot 4 picnic #hiking #camping  #nature #hswildlife #swfl #onetanktrips

We can use our Science Center membership at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainsville
We also love Ichetucknee Springs in that area and Stephen Foster

In the Panhandle: 

Map of Northwest District 
FL Caverns is amazing (we just did that one on the way back from Real Refreshment w Apologia) 

We will most likely just keep working our way up I75 into Georgia and may do the Panhandle on return! 

Kathy Balman @ Kathy's Cluttered Mind - has a wonderful list of GA field trips here
Here is a link to the GA state Parks page

A few of our favorite stops in Georgia: 

Reed Bingham SP - is not too far off the beaten path and is a great place for a picnic and to stretch your legs (they have mini golf!) 
High Falls State Park  - right off the highway with trails and waterfalls 

On our list: Shoot the Hootch! 

There are quite a few places to use your ASTC Passport - in and around Atlanta - and on up into Tennessee go here for list. We are heading out early so we can meet up with Marcy @ Ben and Me for a field trip to the science center in Nashville. 

Chattanooga is a fun place to visit. We enjoy Rock City (cave tours) and  the Battle Grounds 
(the battle grounds on top of Lookout Mountain are a MUST DO for us) My grandfather was born in Chicamauga and it holds a lot of history for our family. Read the Battle history here.

 We will also visit the Parthenon in Nashville.
AND the Nature Centers! (there are 4 big ones)  

We've got our field guides, we've got our back packs and our nature journals - and we'll be headed off! 

Free #Letter of the week studies - all have bible and handwriting, most have spelling, geography, science and  history as well - Freebie link at bottom of each post - You will find recipies and fun ideas for study in the posts themselves: 

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