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Please be aware that many venues are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We have added a new section of “Virtual Field Trips” on FieldTripDirectory.com in your state and beyond! Use the activity filter below to search for virtual trips, resources, and distance learning options in West Virginia or CLICK HERE for a list of virtual trips nationwide. Explore topics in the arts, science, social studies, and more from anywhere.

Avampato Discovery Museum

The Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum houses two floors of hands-on discovery exhibits. Splash around in WaterWorks, learn about the science of sound, and get your body in motion in Healthy Me!!

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-561-3570

Charleston Ballet

For 60 years, the civic troupe of the Charleston Ballet has enriched the cultural life of West Virginia by performing hundreds of traditional and original ballets.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Performances COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-342-6541

Charleston Civic Center

The Charleston Civic Center is the entertainment and convention centerpiece of Charleston, hosting the majority of the state’s premier entertainment, sporting events, and more.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Performances. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-345-1500

Clay Center

The Clay Center houses the Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, home of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-561-3570

Craik-Patton House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Craik-Patton House is an example of Greek Revival architecture in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia. 

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-925-5341

Erma Byrd Art Gallery

The Erma Byrd Gallery showcases the art of the women of West Virginia. The gallery was established by Dr. Janet Welch, the wife of the University of Charleston’s President Edwin Welch, as a tribute to Senator Robert Byrd’s wife Erma.

GRADE LEVEL - Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-352-0014

Gallery Eleven

Peruse a collection of fine art created by talented West Virginians at Gallery Eleven. Located in downtown Charleston, the gallery showcases paintings, ornaments, pottery, blown glass, and more.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-342-0083

Heritage Towers Museum and Culture Center

Heritage Towers Museum and Culture Center is a vital component of the culture of West Virginia. The exhibits reveal historical perspectives of African Americans in West Virginia. 

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-343-3250

Kanawha State Forest

Located near the Kanawha Valley, the Kanawha State Forest offers groups 9,300 acres of lush green where they can enjoy a variety of fun activities while experiencing nature.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. COST - Fee, Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston
TEL - 304-558-3500
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