Free Field Trips

"I love listening to my students discuss and talk about the art. I love that it helps my class to be more accepting of others. Thank you for this opportunity, and thank you for helping our students embrace our differences."

Providing field trips to our annual 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.

In-Person and Virtual Field Trips

Thanks to our generous sponsors, free in-person and virtual 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 in-person and virtually every year. Click here to learn more.

Changes To Your Field Trip

Should you need to make changes to your in-person or virtual field trip, please email or call us at 941-404-5710 as soon as possible.

Canceling Your Field Trip

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

For in-person field trips, please 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 2020 over 3,162 students experienced a partner activity as part of their field trip.

Please check back in August for in-person and virtual Make-A-Day! offerings. Past participating partners and programs 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
In-Person Trips: 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.)
In-Person Trips: Book transportation directly with your school district transportation office by following the instructions in your confirmation email
In-Person Trips: Visit the Bayfront Park Exhibit as part of their fieldtrip

If your field trip 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