Fall is here and the colors are amazing here in Pennsylvania! As homeschoolers you have the benefit of a flexible schedule that allows you to take field trips and spontaneous breaks to enjoy the beautiful season.  But, where should you go and what should you do? Now is the time, given nature’s beautiful eye candy and that October is National Go on a Field Trip month to take some fun field trips! Here are our top pics for October field trips that combine beauty and brains.

Great October Field Trips

  • Get out and hike! Find a local hiking trail near you on com and then hit the trails with a trail guide, nature journal, and a good hiking stick! Make it more fun with this fall scavenger hunt from creativehomekeeper.com. Study leaves and mulching using these great leaf lessons.
  • Take a spontaneous scenic drive. Seeing the fall foliage is great, if you live in an area where seasons change. Often it’s best seen from the car window on your way to a new adventure. Find a diner in a small town, go antiquing, or hit up a museum. Make it fun and spontaneous by stopping at new places that interest you as you drive. October field trips call for spontaneity and fun! Be sure to enjoy and journal about the views along the way! Here are the best fall foliage drives according to travelandleisure.com.
  • Be for the birds. Autumn migration is another wonderful aspect of fall. Why not focus on learning about birds and then go on a bird watch? Audobon.com has their list of the best fall birding trails and great birding activities to engage in at home before and after your field trip.
  • Fly with the butterflies. Birds aren’t the only winged creatures that migrate during the fall. Monarch butterflies travel between 50 and 100 miles a day towards their winter home in Mexico. Start by watching this amazing documentary “Flight of the Butterflies.” Then, why not hatch a few monarchs of your own and then release them at a local park or nature preserve. Track monarchs and report your sightings here!
  • Spice up your science with pumpkins. Nothing says October field trip and fall homeschooling like a study of pumpkins! But, you can go way beyond pumpkin patches and jack-o-lanterns. Sure, take an October field trip to a local pumpkin farm, then try your hand at this science experiment or explore math with any one of these lessons from ourjourneywestward.com.
  • Visit and buy local. Farms are a great way to study and celebrate fall, and make for easy October field trips! No matter where you live you can find a local farm and study what’s growing and what you should be enjoying on your table this season. Ask for a farm tour and speak with the farmer about the scientific principles of planting and irrigation they use during fall. Use this list from localharvest.com to find a farm near you.

October is a month that screams “field trip!” Take advantage of the fun that fall brings and get out together to enjoy the season. No matter what you choose to do for October field trips, be sure to keep your homeschoolers engaged and log your hours!
What October field trip is calling your name? Tell us in a comment below!