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Field trips provide the opportunity for students to become motivated to learn, and participation on field trips results in measurable impacts on student values , interests, and attitudes about the subject matter .Field trips help us to experience the joy of working in a natural environment, the excitement of discovery, and the satisfaction engendered by mastery of content and increased appreciation for the methods of scientific investigation.
Field trips may be planned for five purposes:
1) To provide firsthand experience,
2) To stimulate interest and motivation in science,
3) To add relevance to learning and interrelationships,
4) To strengthen observation and perception skills, and
5) To promote personal (social) development
The most important role of field trips in the learning process is in "direct experience with concrete phenomena and materials" .The very nature of field trip exercises requires students to be active learners, rather than merely covering material in a passive mode in a traditional classroom. Furthermore, experiential activities facilitate the transition from lower-order learning strategies to the higher cognitive learning strategies required to master and retain abstract concepts. It is best to incorporate field trips in the early "concrete" part of a course, providing materials and contexts that can form the basis for future development of abstract concepts, and offering activities that cannot be used effectively in the classroom. A field trip or excursion is a journey taken by a group of people to a place away from their usual environment. In education, field trips are defined as visits to an outside area of the normal classroom and made by a teacher and students for purposes of firsthand observation. Participating in field trips is a great way to enjoy a unique learning experience outside a classroom environment. Field trips are not only good fun, they allow students to absorb, interact and immerse themselves in a practical way.
Field trips take students to locations that are unique and cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Each student observes natural settings and creates personally relevant meaning to the experience. To save money and time from preparation and traveling, some instructors choose to simply use the school computers and take digital field trips.
On a field trip, students are more likely to retain information. Being immersed in information and being involved in visual and practical experiences will help students remember, learn and understand subjects. Field trips will help reinforce classroom materials, bringing lessons to life. School trips give students the opportunity to visualise, experience and discuss information on a subject. Going on field trips offers students a unique cultural learning experience. It allows students to be involved in new environments, key to encouraging curiosity about a given subject. It is also valuable as an exercise in broadening a student’s understanding of the world and their place in it. Educational trips encourage the development of social, personal and study skills. It has been observed that students appear to come out of their shell on field trips, becoming creative and displaying leadership qualities.
A field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. Whether that's a trip to the local grocery store, waterfront park, a library, a museum, a theater, a community garden or a restaurant, each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world. Students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school. Our communities are rich learning laboratories. Field trips make it possible to take students to see an underwater ecosystem at an aquarium, participate in citizen science in a river, use high powered microscopes, see and touch historical artifacts in person and present on a public stage among hundreds of other things. Each experience solidifies learning and supports important academic concepts. Students who go on field trips become more empathetic and tolerant. Field based learning increases test scores. Field trips and hands on learning make concepts more memorable.
Additionally, field trips are important because students are able to engage with content in a variety of ways. Concepts are presented through all different media and different modalities, so students who struggle with traditional learning can feel smart and confident. They are able to access the content better when they can learn holistically. When they return to school, the trip that they took can serve as a touchpoint for an entire unit. Some of our students worlds are so small, but the community that each child lives in is an incredible resource for broadening it. Within each student’s city or region, there are people and places that students can access that cannot be replicated by the Internet or in the classroom. This multisensory learning experience can bring one dimensional lessons to life and create enthusiasm for a subject that is hard to replicate through other media. As teachers, it’s our duty to make that possible.
A forested village situated on the banks of the mighty Achankovil River in Pathanamthitta District, Konni has a long and rich history of man-forest interface. Crisscrossed by numerous streams and rivulets, and the vast expanse of the Western Ghats, Konni is renowned for its Elephant Training Centre - the oldest of its kind in India. Konni Aanakkoodu located in Konni is a well known training center for elephant's in Kerala. Its at a distance of 11 km from Pathanamthitta town. The elephant museum at the elephant camp in Konni is the only museum of its kind in the whole State. The maiden ecotourism festival held at Adavi on the banks of the Kallar, near Konni, from August 21 to 23 too turned out to be a big hit. Adavi is a major tourist destination in Konni, Kerala situated in the banks of Kallar river. Eco-tourism project in Adavi is jointly launched by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Forests and Wildlife, KeralaThe main attraction in Adavi is Coracle riding and Bamboo huts, which erected in the banks of Kallar river.
This was my first trip to Konni and we went to the elephant krall and park, quite close to town. Sign boards are good and one will not miss the place. Failry large parking area. We saw a small elephant inside the larger wooden cage. Elephants are kept outside, trained ones. You can make a savari on top of the elephant. So thrilling. The place is having lot of trees. Many plants too. There is a shop selling forest products, all run by Govt depts. Very pleasing experience.After Renovation of Museum there is a lot of improvement. The centre now stands out to an international level. Please spare 2-3 hrs minimum for an enjoyable visit. Museum is world standard and just like visiting any museum abroad. Museum gives you a lot of information about elephants which is highly informative especially to kids. Elephants are also looked after nicely. There is a new Elephant arts gallery which displays some of the outstanding elephant arts works , which includes life size models,pictures, craft works etc. There is small area which displays medicinal plants & it is worth visiting. Childrens play area is also good but needs some upgradation. Best place to spend a day. It's the part of konni eco tourism . We can watch lot of elephants here and day life of them. Also having elephant ride, children park, gallery. The whole environment is like a forest.
The Adavi Eco-tourism project is jointly launched by the departments of Forest and Tourism is part of the third phase of Konni Eco tourism project. A picturesque forest patch, 10 km from Konni on the banks of river Kallar, Adavi has nearly 5-km river frontage. Coracle rafting or Bowl Boat riding is an innovative venture, which promises a never-before experience to travellers.
This place is quite near to konni, a perfect spot for a half day hang out with friends or family. Even you can take KSRTC/ private bus from konni. You get to travel through a small portion of the beautiful forest before you reach the spot. Seems not many know about the spot and the crowd was small. You will find no loud noises but serenity. There is a free car parking ground, you need to walk down to the ticket counter. The major attraction is the bowl boat trip. Rs. 400 for one 30 minute boat ride and 4 can accommodate in one boat. We were six and hence had to take two boats, three each. They have a longer trip option for Rs. 800 also. The boating was safe and the people were friendly. Our sailor infact responded happily to all the silly questions we asked. The best part is clean and clear river water and the beautiful forest around. Its perfect for even senior people, if they can sit on the boat. Smoking and drinking is prohibited by law. There is a small hotel providing tasty home made budget meal. There are also bathing spots and huts where you can stay. There is an option for trucking from Konni anakodu to here, which needs a complete day. An absolutely re-freshing and tantalising wilderness. Adventurous, yet fun filled location which is not exposed much commercially. You will enjoy the place and the Bowl boat ride in the Kallar River. You can see the crystal clear water falls and further the bowl boat ride. You will be able to see bottom of the river in many places thru the crystal clear water.
A forested village situated on the banks of the mighty Achankovil River in Pathanamthitta District, Konni has a long and rich history of man-forest interface. Crisscrossed by numerous streams and rivulets, and the vast expanse of the Western Ghats, Konni is renowned for its Elephant Training Centre - the oldest of its kind in India. One of the first Reserve Forests in the State, the forests in and around Konni were once inhabited by aboriginals. A repository of rich biodiversity, this unique land was constituted into Konni and Achankovil Reserve Forests way back in 1897 and 1901 respectively. The forested tract in this geographical location provides the right climate and environment for the development and sustenance of diverse flora including a variety of medicinal herbs.
Konni, rich in cash crops is extremely popular for its elephants and 'Aanakoodu'. Built in 1941, the Elephant Training Centre or Aanakoodu, facilitates elephant viewing, elephant feeding, elephant ride etc. An Elephant Museum,planned to be developed as a complete natural history museum based on elephants, has been set up here. The Elephant Camp at Konni serves as a hub for forest-based ecotourism activities and various other locations in the forest too have been developed as camp sites, which can be accessed through trekking. Visitors going on treks will be assisted by trained guides. The project site is designed to be a zero waste center. The elephant dung is converted into biogas and the fiber in the dung is converted into hand made paper, which is an eco friendly product. The plastic waste is planned to be converted into recycled product. Outlets for sale of non-wood forest products and other eco friendly materials are also provided in the center. The prime attraction here are the huge cages built of wood to house elephants. These cages are locally known as Aanakkoodu and can accommodate 3- 4 elephants at a time.
The trainers here train the baby elephants which get separated from their herd, or are found wounded or roaming in the forest. Experienced trainers using their systematic training methods, tame the baby elephants. Visitors can get a close look at these elephants and can observe and understand a lot about their behaviour, especially that of baby elephants, which are often endearingly mischievous.
A hill town, Konni is famous for timber trade and wild elephant training centre. This is a charming town with lush meadows and hills stands on the bank of river Achakovil. It is surrounded by clove and pepper plantations. Elephants trapped from the forest area are also tamed here. Konni with a vast expanse of lush green forests is the eco-tourism hub of Pathanamthitta district, which has a project with elephants at its nerve centre. An elephant kraal (shelter), a photo gallery, modern elephant shelters, an elephant museum, shops to sell forest produce, a children’s park, a biogas plant and a paper-making unit are part of the project, offering vivid experiences to the visitors. A picturesque forest patch, 10 km from Konni on the banks of river Kallar, Adavi has nearly 5-km river frontage. The Adavi Eco-tourism project jointly launched by the departments of Forest and Tourism is part of the third phase of Konni Eco tourism project and is just five km from Mundommoozhy on the proposed Achencovil-Chittar hill highway. Konni, famous for the elephant training happening in the state attracts a huge number of visitors every year. People visit here to see the biggest animal on land in close quarters without fear. One of the major attractions at Konni is the giant wooden cages or the elephant kraals used to house the elephants. Locally known as Aanakoodu, they can house up to 3 to 4 elephants at a time. The place also has a children’s park. The centre is closed on Mondays.
Field trips offer an opportunity to motivate and connect students to appreciate and understand classroom concepts, which increase a student’s knowledge foundation, promoting further learning and higher level thinking strategies. With understanding comes confidence and intrinsic motivation. Konni was a different feeling rich in green. The trip makes the mind free and calm. Field trips can stimulate new learning, increased attitude towards science, trigger interest development, and provide many rewards to both the teacher and the students .