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Field Trip Report
Field Trip Report
A field trip with a single focus will provide a potential impact to students’ cognitive skills, knowledge, interests, and future career. This may be particularly true for students who are academically challenged or described as ‘at risk’ due to low performance on high-stakes tests or performance in the classroom. Field trips offer a unique opportunity for students to create connections, which will help them gain understanding and develop an enjoyment of learning. Students on field trips sharpen their skills of observation and perception by utilizing all their senses. Students develop a positive attitude for learning, motivating them to develop connections between the theoretical concepts in the classroom and what has been experienced. Outdoor field trips provide an opportunity for students to develop increased perception, a greater vocabulary, and an increased interest in the outdoors. Developed interest stimulates curiosity, empowering students to ask questions, discuss observations, consider past experiences, or simply ponder the topic. When on a field trip, the venue is not the only location that affects students; they also gain knowledge and understanding about their neighborhoods and communities as they travel from the school to the field trip venue.
A field trip can also be termed as an instructional trip with an educational intent. During field trip students interact with the setting, displays and exhibits to gain an experiential connection to the ideas, concepts and subject matter. Field trips can be described as student experiences outside of the classroom at interactive locations designed for educational purposes. Experiential learning has therefore become a key tool for educators who are trying to bridge the gap between theory and application. Field trips are not simply ‘holidays without meaningful educational value’. Instead field trips provide an interactive learning environment where students can gain hands-on experience and achieve personal growth. During field trips, students develop and embrace the freedom that is attached to the adult world. Gaining the life experience that comes with the field trip can only be beneficial for the students later in their academic and indeed, professional careers.
If the field trip is to be a successful learning tool there needs to be associated tasks and components to clearly outline that the field trip is being conducted for educational purposes rather than a holiday for the students involved. This perception that field trips are holidays that have little educational purposes may contribute to the minimal coverage in academic literature. Field trips form an important part of the learning experience of higher education, as there is only so much students can learn about tourism in a classroom setting. Real-life experiences created from field trip observations act as a catalyst in the creation of knowledge, largely because they induce “episodic memories”. Field trips are able to provide different insights and learning experiences from those provided by lectures and tutorials. Each student observes natural settings and creates personally relevant meaning to the experience. The connection between the field trip venue and the classroom links the field trip’s experiential learning with prior experiences and learning from the classroom. Field trips are experiential, authentic social events that create a new way of knowing an object, concept or operation. Quality experiences lead to deeper learning and interest development. Field trips can provide a customized and unique learning opportunity for authentic, meaningful and self-determined learning.
A field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. It is important as it bridges the gap between education and hands on experience. It is also needed as it develops the social skills of the learner. Field trip allows students to access tools and environments that are not available at their institution. Each experience solidifies learning and supports important academic concepts. A socio-emotional growth happens as the students become more empathetic and tolerant. Field trips are important because students are able to engage with content in a variety of ways.
Field trips may be planned for five purposes:
1) To provide firsthand experience
2) To stimulate interest and motivation in the respective subject
3) To add relevance to learning and interrelationships
4) To strengthen observation and perception skills
5) To promote personal and social development
As part of the B.Ed. curriculum, the trainees were supposed to attend a field trip based on a particular theme. The objective of the visit as a Natural Science student trainee is to learn about the importance of forest resources, different environmental aspects and to visit the major biotechnological labs. For this purpose I visited the place Dehradun.
Besides the other trips, I was thrilled and excited to board on flight taking off from Cochin International Airport. By 5:40 a.m. the flight landed safely at Delhi. The weather was cold since morning. I hired an Uber taxi and moved to NBPGR rest house. The first institution that I visited was National Bureau of Plant Genetic Research (NBPGR).
The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) has its Headquarters at New Delhi, located at latitude of 28° 35' N, longitude of 70° 18' E and an altitude of 226 m above mean sea level. The Bureau draws guidelines from the Crop Science Division of ICAR, Institute Management Committee, Research Advisory Committee, Institute Research Council and Germplasm Advisory Committees. Dr. A.D Sharma (DRO of NBPGR) described about the structure and function of NBPGR. The main aim of NBPGR is crop improvement and germplasm collection. It has National Genebank that consists of seed gene bank, invitro gene bank, cryobank etc. The procedures undertaken in NBPGR are germplasm collection, germplasm exchange, plant quarantine, germplasm characterization and evaluation and conservation.
From NBPGR I moved to National Research Center for Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB). I got the opportunity to see the Tissue Culture laboratory, its working and how plantlets are grown under optimum condition. Dr. Prasad Das, shared many information about NRCPB like its working, functions, major goals and upcoming projects. After that I walked through the campus which was beautifully maintained with huge trees on both side of the road.
My next destination was Dehradun, so I packed my bag and got on the Mussoire Express. Dehradun is in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west. The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. On reaching Dehradun, I met my guide from the railway station and taken to the Guest house where my accommodation was arranged.
On first day I went to FRI (Forest Research Institute), Dehradun which is one of the oldest institution of its kind set in the lush green estate spread over 450 hectares with outer Himalayas forming its back drop. FRI has its roots in the erstwhile Imperial Forest Research Institute established in 1906 to organize and lead forestry research in the country. Its history is synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry not only in India but in the entire Indian ranger in the country and after independence; it was aptly named as Forest Research Institute and Colleges. The institute’s main building is an impressive edifice, Greco-Roman and colonical style of architecture with a plinth area of 2.5 hectares. The institute has a developed infrastructure of all equipped laboratories, library, herbarium, arboreta and experimental field area for conducting forestry research. I also visited the museum which has six sections- Pathology museum, Social forestry museum, Silviculture museum, Timer museum, Non-wood forest product museum and Entomology museum.
The first day was eventful as I spend my whole day at the FRI campus. The time at FRI campus was fruitful as it added deeper knowledge to my subject.
On the second day morning, I went to the Robbers cave. Guchhupani or Robbers Cave is known for unusual and cold spring which goes underground at some of the laces inside the caves. Experiencing beautiful natural rift or caves with legs in freezing water is amazing. Water formations flowing through the caves. Calm, peaceful and an ideal spot for picnic. It consists of a gushing river running through a cave-like structure. Once you walk through the river stream right till the end, you reach a 10 metre high waterfall.
It was believed that Robbers used to take hide in Guchhupani after robbery, so British names it as Robbers Cave. Robber's Cave is famous for a strange natural phenomenon as per which, a stream of water appears then disappears underground, and potentially appears again after few yards. A fort like structure and a waterfall divide the Robber's Cave in two parts.
On the third day I had a long list of places to see as I wanted to cover Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Mussoorie all in a day.
First I visited Lakshman Jhula which happens to be one of the famous hanging bridges across the holy river Ganga. The jhula is a link in between two important villages in Rishikesh. It connects the Tapovan village in Tehri Garhwal and Jonk village in Pauri Garhwal. The bridge is made up of iron and it is almost 450 feet long, which is suspended at an elevation of almost 70 feet above the river. Lakshman Jhula has been one of the centres for tourist attraction since its inception for its amazing association of the Hindu Mythology.As per the popular Hindu mythology, Ramayan, it is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman had crossed the Ganga river at the same place, where the bridge has been built. The bridge was opened for public in the year 1929. In recent times, in order to boost the tourist footfall, many other developments have been carried out around the famous Lakshman Jhula.
Next after Lakshman Jhula and two kilometres away Rishikesh stands the beautiful iron suspension bridge called Ram Jhula at Muni-Ki-Reti. This significant landmark of Rishikesh was built in 1986 by PWD and is slightly bigger than Lakshman Jhula regarding length. Ram Jhula connects Shivanad Ashram (towards the east bank) and Swargashram (towards the west bank). Previously it was a hanging jute ropeway, however, in 1980; a permanent iron suspension bridge was made by PWD, with the help of Shivananda Ashram. Often crowded with saints, sages and devotees, the Ram Jhula is also famed for attractions like Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan, Swargashram, Yog Niketan, Beatles Ashram, etc.
The next destination is the Tibetan Buddhist temple is one of Dehradun’s famous landmarks and is known for its beautiful architecture, impressive interiors and peaceful surroundings. The wall paintings inside the temple depicting the life of Lord Buddha are simply spectacular. The temple was constructed in 1965 by the Tibetan community in India as an imitation of a Tibetan Monastery. Built with the aim to preserve and promote Tibetan culture in India, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple is built in a Japanese architectural style and the temples main stupa is 220 feet high. Spread over five floors, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple contains statues of Buddha and ethereal wall paintings. The temple also has an open air viewing platform from where you can enjoy 360 degrees view of the city of Dehradun. Another major attraction of the temple is a 130 feet tall statue of Buddha, which was dedicated to the Dalai Lama.
The final place I visited in the end of the day was the Company Garden. It was a major picnic location in Mussoorie. It was previously known as Botanical Gardens of Mussoorie. Famous geologist, Dr. H. Fackner, laid this garden in early 20th century. The garden has a lush green carpet of lawns and a fountain, which is located in its center. It has nearly 800 different types of flowers, including Dahlias, Begonia, Pansy and Petunia. The garden has a nursery, which offers a wide range of plants for sale. There is also an artificial lake with a small artificial waterfall. For the kids, the garden also has an amusement park with several adventurous rides. Boating facility is also available in the small lake at the garden. There is a small market inside the garden where visitors can buy local made items. A telescope is also installed to have a closer look of the surrounding peaks.
The next day I visited was formerly known as Malsi Deer Park, the Dehradun Zoo is one of the famous tourist places of Dehradun. It is built on the objectives of ex-situ conservation of wild animals, biodiversity conservation, to develop as an education centre and a Rescue centre for wild animals.Idyllically situated in the serene surroundings of the city, the Dehradun Zoo is one of the best places to visit on the way to Mussoorie. This zoo is developed as a mini-zoological park and offers a resplendent view of the ethereal natural beauty enveloping the area.
Then I visited George Everest Peak which is situated about 6 kms from Gandhi Chowk in Mussoorie and one of the major tourist attractions in Mussoorie which is secluded and peaceful. It offers spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks and panoramic views of the Doon Valley.Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory, also known as the Park Estate was built in 1832. The George Everest House and George Everest Peak are famous for camping, picnics and adventure outings.
The another place I visited was Kempty falls which was the Gigantic Fall with somersault of the streams before hitting the bottom, Kempty Falls is the most popular and one of the oldest tourist spot near Mussoorie. Developed before more than 150 years ago by a British man, Kempty Falls is the most fascinating picnic spot or a perfect day out place nearby Mussoorie at a distance of 15 km.
The final destination of the day was Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. 38 Kms from Dehradun is Mussoorie with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill station. It offers a wonderful view of the Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east and the Doon Valley., Roorkee, Saharanpur and Haridwar to the South, creating an almost serene atmosphere for the tourists. Mussoorie was discovered by a Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. He was lured by the extraordinarily beautiful ridge and laid the foundation of it. Mussoorie is also a Gateway to the “Gangotri” and the “Yamunotri” shrines.
I returned back to Delhi and reached the airport and landed at Cochin International Airport in the morning.
The field visit to Dehradun was memorable for me as I explored the trip to its fullest. During the trip I certainly learned to be even more independent and assertive. India is for sure a very beautiful country with warm-hearted inhabitants.
Pupil teachers who gain field experience at a non-school venue gain a more functional, applicable view of constructivist education and teaching skills. For this reason, teacher education programs should include experiential education and field trip preparation and implementation for all student teachers, who need to understand their responsibilities and role before, during and after a field trip.