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Education and Outreach


The Costs and Benefits of Field Trips in Botany Classes.

Student field trips are essential parts of many botany classes. These trips can be as small as a walk around the campus or as complex as a trip to a foreign country. Botany instructors use these trips to introduce students to the outdoor environments where plants live. These environments range from nature preserves to botanical gardens. This presentation divides plant field trips into four categories: campus, community, regional, and national/international. I examine the costs and benefits associated with each kind of trip. Overall, short trips around campuses can be easy to prepare, but they may not be very stimulating to students. In contrast, trips to national and international destinations can provide very impactful experiences for students. However, those trips can be costly and take a lot of time to prepare. In conclusion, trips around a community or region have reasonable costs and still provide a great experience for students and reinforce classroom learning objectives. In conclusion, when botany instructors seek to include field trips in their courses, they need to do a thorough assessment of the costs and benefits so that the experience can be the most effective for the students.

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1 - Winthrop University, Department Of Biology, 202 Dalton Hall, Rock Hill, SC, 29733, USA

field trips
experiential learning.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 26, Education and Outreach II
Location: Sundance 4/Omni Hotel
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: 26001
Abstract ID:483
Candidate for Awards:None

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