Free Field Trips

Providing field trips to our downtown Sarasota exhibit is the highlight of our education program. Thanks to our generous sponsors, these free field trips will be offered between January 21 and April 3, 2020. 

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.

Free Fieldtrip Registration Directions to Exhibit Lesson Plans

Here is what participating teachers have to say: 

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

“I gave the info to our secretary, checked back a short time later and she said, ‘You're ready to go.'”

"It was a lot easier than doing it through the transportation department.”

Student Docents

Under the guidance of Riverview High School faculty advisor Dena Sturm, these 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.

Scheduling your student docent is quick and easy. Just click “YES” when asked, “Would you like to have a student docent?” when registering for your free fieldtrip.

Availability Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, January 21 through April 3, 2020 (excluding Sarasota County Spring Break, March 12 - 20).

MAKE-A-DAY OF IT! Participants If you are participating in the MAKE-A-DAY OF IT! Program, you must have a student docent for the exhibit (exception - if your MAKE-A-DAY educational partner activity is only available on a Monday or Thursday). See below for additional details.

Changes To Your Trip

You do not need permission to cancel your trip or change the date of your visit; however, you must contact please contact Dena Sturm 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.

Should you cancel your trip, please contact Dena Sturm as soon as possible.

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!

Embracing Our Differences is proud to collaborate with local educational organizations. Teachers and their students who visit the exhibit are provided the opportunity, using the same buses, to visit a second venue including The Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Mote Marine Laboratory, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, The Ringling, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. 4,847 students participated during the 2019 school year.

If you are participating in the MAKE-A-DAY OF IT! Program, you must have a student docent for the exhibit
Exception - MAKE-A-DAY partner activity is only available on a Monday or Thursday

Classes visiting the exhibit at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota may also visit:

Here’s what participating 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."

“We visited the Sarasota Film Festival. The shows were perfect and appropriately matched to a day filled with kindness.”


Teachers should follow the following steps to participate:

  1. Confirm arrangements directly with your MAKE-A-DAY partner FIRST
  2. Register for your free field trip via the link above and Request a student docent when registering
    (exception - if your MAKE-A-DAY partner activity is only available on a Monday or Friday)
  3. Request transportation by following the instructions in your confirmation email
  4. 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