Imagine if instead of bringing in pictures of artifacts for your science students to observe, you could take them to see these artifacts firsthand. One of the best but also challenging parts of being a science teacher is that the application of scientific principles can be seen just about everywhere. While it was admittedly difficult to narrow down a list, here are our top six places we would love to take a science class.
Biomuseo – Panama City, Panama
A massive rainbow building? Well, yes, but the Biomuseo (designed to showcase Panama’s biodiversity) is also the site of a 258,334 sq. ft. botanical park, making it a perfect location for any botany class. Just be sure to wear a watch or you may find yourself spending a few days studying the thousands of plants you will encounter. Explore colourful Panama on an educational tour.
Photo Credit: F Delventhal
Thingvellir National Park – Hvolsvollur, Iceland
Home of the rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, this is Iceland’s first national park. From geology walks to waterfalls and geysers, this is a must-see for Earth Sciences lovers as you and your students will get to witness geothermal activity up close and in person.
Diamond Head – Honolulu, Hawaii
It’s not every day that you get the chance to hike up the side of a volcanic crater. Built in 1908 as part of O’ahu’s coastal defense system, this hike will appeal to the active as well as to both the topography and the history buffs out there.
Photo Credit: Eric Tessmer
Everglades National Park – Florida
Protecting the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades, this park is a habitat for many of the endangered species you probably spend classroom time teaching your students about. Here you can experience the home of the American crocodile, the West Indian manatee and the Florida panther – something to energize every zoology enthusiast in your class. Take your students on a marine biology adventure in the Sunshine State!
Photo Credit: Diana Robinson
Great Barrier Reef – Australia
What better way to learn about marine life than to travel the world’s largest coral reef? As one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it’s not hard to see why this is a bucket list destination for most. Larger than the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the only living things visible form space and a must-see for any future marine biologists sitting in your classes.
Photo Credit: FarbenfroheWunderwelt
The Intinan Solar Museum – Ecuador
Proclaimed as home of the “true” equator, this museum claims to be the site of the middle of the world. Witness physics in action and discover how the natural forces near the equator work by sharing this experience with your Natural Science class.
Photo Credit: Mrpeachum
Decide your future classroom today. Open your students’ eyes, expand their perspectives and help them discover the world around them. Find your perfect tour here.