Northwest Arkansas educators still find value in field trips

Posted: October 22, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Tom Candela, guest service administrator, greets kids from Rogers School District on Thursday at the Amazeum in Bentonville. Field trips frequently are among the first things to be cut when school district budgets are lean. No such cuts are apparent in Northwest Arkansas, at least among the region’s four largest school districts: Springdale, Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville.

First-grade teacher Kim Campbell used her phone to snap a picture of three of her students perched on a mock cow during their visit Friday to the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville.

Kids from Rogers School District arrive on Thursday at the Amazeum in Bentonville.

Kyra Duncan, 8, Gerardo Ixchop, 7 and Max Cruz, 7, paint Thursday at the Amazeum in Bentonville.

Kids from Rogers School District make cloud rings Thursday at the Amazeum in Bentonville.

Coming attractions

School field trip options in Northwest Arkansas are continuing to increase. Here are some examples of what’s coming:

The Northwest Arkansas Nature and Education Center, a project of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be built off Interstate 49 in Springdale. A groundbreaking is set for Nov. 2. Construction of the $18 million facility is expected to take about three years.

The Rogers Historical Museum will greatly increase its capacity once restoration of the Hailey Ford building, across the street from the current museum, is completed some time next year.

The U.S. Marshals Museum is expected to open in September 2019 on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith.

Source: Staff report

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