School Year Field Trips

Are you planning a field trip to the Orlando Public Library? We serve children, parents, teachers, and adults wishing to explore the building and collection.

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Field Trip Menu

Our professional storytellers are available free of charge to host groups at the Orlando Public Library. They’ll combine songs, rhymes and popular books in fun sessions for all ages.

Library Tours
Discover just how much the Orlando Public Library has to offer with a trip around its magnificent floors. Younger students can unlock the magic of the Children’s Department!

K–4th Grade Educational Visits
Programming based on grade level state standards has been created for school field trips to the Orlando Public Library. Simulate an oil spill or learn about toys from long ago, depending on your grade!

Technology Explorations
Participate in a variety of hands-on activities that immerse students in the worlds of technology and fiber arts.

Melrose Center
Schedule a visit to the Melrose Center for a tour or plan ahead for a more involved Interactive Field Trip Experience. The Interactive Field Trip consists of hands-on activities in our Audio, Video and Photo Studios, our Fab Lab and our Virtual Reality/Simulator Lab.

Orange County Regional History Center Partnership*
Students split their time learning and exploring the Orlando Public Library and the History Center. The program aligns with the Florida State Standards and focuses on social studies and language arts.

* Must be booked through the History Center. You will receive a confirmation packet by email upon receipt of your registration.


Educational Experiences by Grade Level (K-4th)

Pioneer Times: Needs/Wants

Do your students have what it takes to live like pioneers?  Students will learn to compare needs versus wants and apply that knowledge in team-based, hands-on activities where they must decide what items they would take in a covered wagon if they lived on the frontier in the 1800s.
What’s included:

  • Storytime
  • Mini lesson on needs vs. wants with whole group practice on how to differentiate between the two
  • Pioneer-themed learning centers
  • Learning about library services and programs


First Grade
Pioneer Times: Toys Long Ago and Now

How did children entertain themselves before the Internet?  In this field trip, students will compare toys of colonial/pioneer times to the toys of today. They’ll also have the opportunity to play a variety of games from the olden days and create a cup and ball craft to take home.
What’s included:

  • Storytime
  • Mini lesson on comparing items of long ago to items we use today
  • Colonial/Pioneer games
  • Colonial/Pioneer-themed learning centers
  • Learning about library services and programs


Second Grade
Trampoline/Bouncy Ball

Solids and liquids and gases, oh my!  Students will learn the difference between the three states of matter and conduct an exciting experiment to observe how a substance can transform from a liquid to a solid.  
What’s included:

  • Storytime
  • Mini lesson on solids, liquids and gases
  • Cooperative group STEAM challenge
  • Hands-on science experiment
  • Learning about library services and programs


Third Grade
Oil Spill

Our ocean, one future, how can you help? Students will learn about ocean conservation by working together in small groups to clean up a simulated oil spill and save ocean animals who have been affected by the catastrophe.
What’s included:

  • Storytime
  • Mini lesson on oil spills
  • Hands-on activities: oil spill, saving animals affected by the spill
  • Learning about library services and programs


Fourth Grade
Pioneer Life in Florida

Have fun on the frontier in this field trip where your students will play pioneer games, learn how to write with a feather quill pen and create delicious homemade butter.  
What’s included:

  • Storytime
  • Mini lesson on Florida pioneer life
  • Pioneer-themed learning centers
  • Learning about library services and programs