Free Field Trips

"This is definitely one of the very best things about this field trip experience!”

Providing field trips to our downtown Sarasota exhibit is the highlight of our education program.

With one click and a few short questions, you and your students will be on your way to a free field trip focusing on art appreciation, character building and diversity education. For additional information, please refer to our guidelines.

2021 Exhibit Field Trips

Thanks to our generous sponsors, free field trips to the 2021 Exhibit will be offered January 20 through April 1, 2021. Please check back in August for registration information.

Student Docents

Under the guidance of Riverview High School faculty advisor Dena Sturm, local high school students serve as guides for thousands of area elementary, middle and high school students who visit the exhibit every year. Click here to learn more.

Changes To Your Trip

You do not need permission to cancel your trip or change the date of your visit. However, you must email or call us at 941-404-5710 with your (1) new date; (2) time of arrival at the exhibit; and (3) Authorization Code. Your Authorization Code will not change.

While you do not need our permission to increase the number of students, we do ask that you email us with any significant changes. 

Canceling Your Trip

Should you need to cancel your trip, please email or call us at 941-404-5710 as soon as possible.

Note that you must also cancel all scheduled buses directly with your transportation department. Embracing Our Differences will not pay for any cancellation charges, trips without a valid Authorization Code or for buses which do not actually visit the exhibit. Any such cost will be the responsibility of the individual school making the reservation.

Teacher Survey

As a condition to receiving a free field trip, participating teachers must complete a short, online post-trip survey. Field trip invoices will not be paid until such time as the survey is completed.  Thank you for your support in helping us evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.

Teacher Survey

Make-A-Day Of It!

Teachers and students who visit the exhibit are provided the opportunity, using the same buses, to visit a second venue! In 2019 over 4,847 students experienced a partner activity as part of their field trip.

Past participating partners include:

Here’s what teachers have to say about the Make-A-Day Of It! program:

“Our students' families would not have been able to afford the Mote Marine field trip if they also had to pay for the bus. You allowed us to give those children exposure to two important learning experiences.”
“Our students went to Florida Studio Theatre. The performance was wonderful and the children enjoyed it very much. They were totally in the moment and no one wanted to leave."


Teachers should follow the following steps to participate:

Confirm arrangements directly with your Make-A-Day Of It! partner FIRST
Register for your free field trip via the link above and 
Request a student docent when registering. All Make-A-Day! participants MUST request a student docent. (exception - if your partner activity is only available on a Mon. or Thu.)
Book transportation directly with your school district transportation office by following the instructions in your confirmation email
Visit the Bayfront Park Exhibit as part of their fieldtrip

If your trip to the exhibit is canceled for any reason, you must also cancel your Make-A-Day of It! plans.


For more information about our Free Field Trip Program, please contact:

Joni S. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Free Field Trip Program Coordinator