Field trips can usually be made to the same facilities described under “Tours & Open House Events.” They are arranged in advance and there is usually a researcher to lead the group of visitors and talk about the research being conducted.
Field trips may also be combined with a lecture, film screening or experiment demonstration etc. Field trips are different to open house events and tours in that they usually involve small groups with one person accompanying the group throughout the trip. The focus is on the researcher’s day-to-day work.
Target group: Broad, flexible.
Preparations: Prepare presentations and the venue for the field trip. Organise any activities to take place at the venue and make sure that thereare researchers available to participate. Decide how people will register for the event and distribute information about registration. Decide on an appropriate size for a group of visitors. Market the activity.
Challenges: Determining the size of the group and the length of the visit, and tailoring the information to the target group.
Benefits: Good activity for initiating a dialogue between researchers and the public. The target group often feels that they have been specially selected.