Real World Learning!

Field trips can enhance learning, increase interest and help to solidify concepts. Besides all that, they're fun! Join HOME at various locations throughout the year for some real-world learning experiences! 


If you need some financial assistance in order to participate in a HOME field trip, please feel free to apply for a scholarship. HOME has a limited amount of funds available for this purpose thanks to some generous donations! Contribute to this fund to support homeschool families in need!


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The Maine State Society for Protection of Animals protects the health and welfare of neglected and abused horses. Abused or neglected animals that have been seized by Maine law enforcement officials are brought to MSSPA . The horses are rehabilitated receiving veterinary and farrier services and an individual feeding program, with the goal of each horse going to a new home. If no suitable adoptive home is found, horses live out their natural lives at the farm.



We will be touring the farm with dedicated staff and volunteers who will demonstrate some of the daily care that the rescued horses receive so they can thrive. Eligible horses receive professional training, including ground work, riding, and carriage or pleasure driving. 

Where: The Maine Society of Protection of Animals, 279 River Rd., Windham (full)

When: Saturday, June 8, 2024

Time: 11:30am

Cost: free but donations can be made at the link above.

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: June 1, 2024


Join us for some year-end fun!

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad


Relax on our beautiful historic train cars while you take in the ever-changing scenery along Casco Bay. On-board narration provides fascinating history about the sights along our route, as well as Maine railroading history.

Where: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, 49 Thames St. Portland

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Time: 2:00pm

Cost: $10.75 ages 3-12, $15 ages 13 and up

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: June 3, 2024

Parking: Maine Narrow Gauge does not offer its own parking lot to park in. Parking around their location includes 1 hour free parking, metered parking, or day parking at various lots close to the station. Please plan accordingly.



Accompanying HOME Unit Study:  Trains.

Downeast Scenic Railroad

The Downeast Scenic Railroad offers a wonderful 12-mile round-trip train ride from Hancock, Maine, through Ellsworth Falls, and across the Union River Bridge on the former Maine Central Railroad. The beautifully restored passenger train, with vintage locomotives and coaches, staffed by our all-volunteer crew, is the first passenger train to run on these tracks since 1960. 

Where: Downeast Scenic Railroad, 8 Railroad Siding Road, Hancock

When: Friday, June 14, 2024

Time: 10:00am

Cost: $9 students, $14 adults

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: June 3, 2024



Accompanying HOME Unit Study: Trains.


Join other homeschoolers for a day of fun and relaxation on our annual trip to Funtown/Splashtown USA. At Funtown USA, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. From thrill rides to kiddie rides, there is fun for all ages. The huge selection of games, shops and family fun-filled activities provides excitement for everyone!  Or, cool off and enjoy family splashing fun! Splashtown USA is filled with slides, pools, and splash pads, ensuring fun for everyone! Reserve time in the sun and                                                                                     cool off from the summer heat.

Where: Funtown/Splashtown USA, Rt. 1, 774 Portland Rd., Saco, ME

When: Friday, August 2, 2024 (rain date Friday, August 9)

Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm (must arrive by 11:15 to qualify for discounted rate)

Cost: $40 (everyone 38" and above, including adults)

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: July 26, 2024


Ecology Boat Cruise

Join us for a hands-on journey that will spark your curiosity and leave you with a newfound appreciation for the natural and historical wonders of the Kennebec!


Depart on an exciting adventure with our educational cruise along the Kennebec River! Get ready to discover the secrets of the river's natural history as we navigate its scenic waters.

Where: Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath

When: Monday, August 26, 2024 

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am (Arrival time 9am)

Cost: $22 Students, $35 adults

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: August 19


Accompanying HOME Unit Study: Harvest the Sea

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens


Join us for two programs at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Students will participate in the Sense of Wonder Walk as well as Apple Cider Pressing. One entry fee allows you access to both programs.

Where: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 105 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay

When: Friday, September 27, 2024 

Time: 10:00am 

Cost: $10 Students, $12 adults

Grade: All Ages

Deadline to Register: September 20


Accompanying HOME Unit Study: Purchase either Apples, or Maine Ecosystems, or both to extend your study of these subjects in conjunction with your trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


Additional Details:

Sense of Wonder Trail Walk (K-8th) – Students will explore the web of life in our forest ecosystem through the lens of author, marine biologist, conservationist, and seasonal Maine resident, Rachel Carson. Teachers who sign up for this program will receive a book about Rachel Carson to share with their class before the field trip.


Apple Cider Pressing (PreK-6th)– Students will learn about the botanical and cultural history of apples as they participate in making apple cider with an old-fashion press. 

Mail-in Form

Event Registration Form
Please complete this form and return it to HOME, P.O. Box 159, Camden, ME 04843
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* HOME Event Refund Policy - Registration fees may be refunded up to the registration deadline for any HOME field trip. No refunds will be made after the registration deadline. In the event that you must cancel, please consider making your fee a donation to HOME rather than requesting a refund! If an event must be canceled or rescheduled for any reason, HOME will notify participants. Refunds will then be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether or not the event is rescheduled.


** HOME does not take any responsibility for views expressed during scheduled activities. Please use your own discretion.


For More Field Trip Ideas...

Maine offers endless opportunities for field trips. Be sure to join the HOME Field Trip Forum on Facebook as a resource for ideas, news and updates on what's happening around our state.