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21 posts
Feb 25, 2011
4:41 PM
I thought of a topic I haven't seen addressed -- School Field Trips.

I remember that when we were in elementary school, we took one or two field trips a year. In second grade, we went to a bread factory. Several times, we went to Memorial hall for a classical music concert. Other places were the Dayton Museum of Natural History, art museum, and the newspaper. In eighth grade we went to Columbus and visited the state capitol and Ohio State University.

I know there were other field trips, but I just can't think of them now.
27 posts
Feb 25, 2011
5:04 PM
I went to Lincoln Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade.We had several field trips every year.I remember going to all the places Perry401 mentioned plus a few more.
I remember going to an egg hatchery and learning how to candle eggs!
My very favorite was going to Memorial Hall three times each year to see a show or hear a concert!
142 posts
Feb 25, 2011
9:06 PM
Kinder Concerts at Memorial Hall were the best! I lived close enough to walk to school so riding a school bus was a big deal. When I was a crossing guard we got a free trip to see a Cincinnati Reds game.
Guess we didn't have that many field trips though, I can only remember the museum of natural history and Memorial Hall.
35 posts
Feb 25, 2011
11:37 PM
I remember taking trips to Aullwood (to the Audubon Center and the Farm), Glen Helen, Woodland Altars (including Serpent Mound), etc.

The best trip (although I believe it was in Jr. High) was a trip to Dearborn, Mich. that included visits to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, a tour of a Ford assembly plant (including the sheet metal factory), and a shopping trip to Windsor, Ontario. It doesn't seem like this would be a trip school kids could take today, considering you'd need a passport...

The trip to Windsor was my only visit to Canada in my life. Combined with a visit to Tijuana, Mexico, as an adult, the extent of my travel outside the U.S. is less than 10 miles (although I've been to Hawaii, which is like traveling to another country).
24 posts
Feb 28, 2011
9:59 AM
I remember going to Young's Dairy as a kindergartener. They had a calf that had been born the day before. My mom was the room mother and went with us. I remember her telling us years later that she was surprised to see children on that trip that had never seen a live cow before! Guess we just take some things for granted.
364 posts
Mar 01, 2011
8:28 AM
We went to the Dayton Daily News and I met Si Burick! It helped inspire me to a not-so-high-paying career as a journalist! But I'm still grateful.

The trip to Mikesells also stands out. always loved those chips!
99 posts
Mar 01, 2011
9:49 PM
I second the planetarium at the DMNH. Really cool for a young boy. Saw the Camaro plant in Norwood, John Bryan and Glen Helen too. We went to a firehouse downtown once but not the one on N. Main....don't recall where.

Appleton Paper Co. in West Carrollton?

Last Edited by on Mar 01, 2011 10:03 PM
123 posts
Mar 09, 2011
9:25 AM
The Oxford-Miami Paper Company in West Carrollton. Home of the "Carrollton Clasp" envelope (the 9 by 12 envelopes with a metal fastener plus some glue.) Also the home of the world-famous shift announcing steam whistle that could be heard for many miles. When the whistle became unnecessary, people insisted that the company still continue it.

We WC students went to the Armco mill in Middletown every other year. We went either as a junior or senior.
Mikey, Gatlinburg, TN
35 posts
Mar 09, 2011
6:12 PM
We did Aullwood, Museum of Natural History, Glen Helen, Memorial Hall (Amal and the Night Visitors).. But the one I remember most was in 6th grade, when we spent a week at Glen Helen. Stayed in Bunkhouses. Lots of the Conselors were from Antioch and really great.
363 posts
Mar 10, 2011
10:02 AM
Best School Field Trip - Wonder Bread Company
Ahhh the smell of fresh baked bread and then as a bonus we would get a tiny loaf of bread wrapped in a Wonder wrapper. I can still smell it. You know , when I was in the hospital in the 70's my Dad was visiting and he looked out the window and said "Sis - remember the old Wonder Bread Plant? " .... "Didn't that place just make this end of town smell so great?"
7 posts
Mar 10, 2011
7:08 PM
Trotwood-Madison J.H. used to have trips to South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The ferryboat trip back to Port Clinton was a bit rough on some. Between the grape juice from the winery and the choppy ride.
93 posts
Mar 15, 2011
1:22 PM
We went to the Borden's Dairy 2 years in a row. Put me off of dairy products for years.
maxed out
233 posts
Mar 15, 2011
1:43 PM
I am pretty sure I mentioned this before but Shawnee Elementary School in Xenia went to a trip to a Maple Syrup farm on Union Rd. in Xenia. I remember the shack that they made the syrup in, it was almost falling down. I think I was in 1st or 2nd grade.We walked in the woods and looked at all of the maple trees that were tapped. Then the guy that worked there let us taste the pure sap out of the tree. I'm sure he explained how many gallons of sap it took to make only one quart of syrup, but I was to young to appreciate all of the work that they went through to make a quart. We got a smaller version of the tin log cabin that they put the syrup in. It had a picture of the cabin on the tin...Sure wish I had saved that tin.
24 posts
Mar 16, 2011
7:45 AM
As a little kid in West Milton we went to Moler's Dairy where they gave us pencils and a little bell to ring. In the eigth grade at Shiloh we went to Washington D.C. and the New York City World's Fair. It was there in, I think 1964.
Mike Harris
Class of ' 69
8 posts
Mar 16, 2011
6:08 PM
As a CAP cadet, my squadron got to go to the AF Museum after hours.
We were guests of the EAA. We were allowed to get into all of the aircraft on the museum floor except the fabric covered ones.
29 posts
Mar 19, 2011
3:36 PM
Where the heck did you go to school?! Those were some wonderful trips.
Curt Dalton
445 posts
Mar 19, 2011
7:34 PM
OK, here goes. No one believes this, but I'll tell it anyway...
When I was growing up I went to around 22 schools between 1st and 12th grade. We moved around a lot, plus later my mom married a guy who was in the military. After the divorce we moved around a lot again. This is to give you a little background on why I am not clear on the age or what school I was in when this happened.
When I was around 8 or 9 our class went to a zoo. I think it was Cincinnati, but it could have been Columbus. This would have been around 1967, so someone might be able to give me a clue as to which zoo this was later.
Anyhow, I rarely got to go on field trips, as money was tight. Many times I was in a study hall while most of the rest of the kids went on the field trips. But this time I got to go! When we got there I used part of my lunch money to get a key that was (I think) in the shape of an elephant. With this magic key you could turn it in a box-like device and listen to what it would say about the animals you were observing.
This was quite fun, but when we got to the giraffes I dropped the key into the pit-like area they were standing in. I was horrified, thinking that if I had to pay for the key being lost I would not have the money and maybe would go to jail. (Watched too many Perry Mason shows perhaps?) Anyhow, I started crying. But to both my amazement, and to the the amazement of those with me, one of the giraffes bent down, picked up the key in its teeth, and placed its head near enough to the fence that sorrounded them, that I could reach over and get the key back... I will never forget that day, nor how the giraffe saved me from a long jail sentence.

Last Edited by on Mar 19, 2011 7:35 PM
26 posts
Mar 19, 2011
8:47 PM
I believe you Curt. Truth is stranger then fiction sometimes.
Mike Harris
Class of ' 69
49 posts
Mar 19, 2011
9:27 PM
I had forgotten about that little elephant key. Mine was pink and I remember that it cost 50 cents at the Cincinnati Zoo in the early 60s. My dad didn't splurge on things like that very often but that day he bought it for me and I felt like a million bucks each time I used it.
37 posts
Mar 19, 2011
11:17 PM
JBlair - I attended the Trotwood-Madison school district (Shilohview Elementary, after it was completed) in the 60's-70's. After reading subsequent posts on this thread, I realized I had forgotten other school trips (e.g. The Museum of Natural History, including the Planetarium, and Carillon Park). The trips I listed occurred in the early to mid-70's.
30 posts
Mar 20, 2011
7:01 PM
OK, I'll share this, then, after Curt's wonderful giraffe story, which I thoroughly believe. And maybe I should cut-and-paste this over to the "brushes with fame" thread, too! Ha!
In the mid-60's I lived and worked at a wild animal ranch in Southern California called Africa USA. The animals were used in movies, TV, and advertising. Because the care and training methods were so different, it was called some touchy-feely, back-in-the-day thing such as "the love method." Some of the animals weren't even caged during the day or could at least be held in a pen or staked to the ground.
One thing many animals have in common is a sense of fear or at least caution at the sight of another creature's teeth. (Picture a dog bearing its teeth and you'll know what I'm saying.)
So . . .the ranch was closed for the day and I was walking around the animal enclosures munching on jelly beans left over from Easter and that drew a giraffe's attention. He came to the fence, watched me put one in my mouth and chew it, and he inched forward, so I gave him a purple one, my least favorite. Like feeding a carrot to a horse; I held it out on the flat of your hand. He seemed to like it, what with saliva running from his mouth, and he tried for more but we really weren't to feed junk to the animals.
From then on, I kept aside the purple jellybeans and went to see him every day to give him one, and he grew to wait for me evey day, I could tell. When I had the last one, it came to me that I'd like to know how he'd respond to a purple jelly bean held between my teeth, with my lips curled back. It was so hard for him at first; he really wanted that jelly bean but, after all, I WAS bearing my teeth. He took it eventually--very carefully--and animal breath that close is a wonderful thing, under those kinds of circumstances.

Last Edited by on Mar 20, 2011 7:04 PM
Curt Dalton
447 posts
Mar 20, 2011
7:52 PM
JBlair, please do at least paste this over to the Once Upon A Time section. It's a hoot!
129 posts
Mar 21, 2011
10:02 AM
From 1962 thru 68 I lived in New Orleans, less than a block from the Zoo for a part of that time, I could hear the sea lions roaring at night it was so close.

There were several Giraffes in a circular fence enclosure that I used to walk by from time to time. This one time in the Summer of 1967, Summer of Love to those who remember, I was going by the Giraffe enclosure when my attention was drawn to a Giraffe walking towards me. There was a mental attraction and we exchanged greetings. I was so excited that I told a friend that I communicated with a Giraffe.

A few weeks later we were both at the zoo, I decided to go to the Giraffe pen and say hi. There were a lot of people there handing bits of food to the 3 of them, they were all gathered out front. I went to the extreme rear of their enclosure with no food at all and mentally said 'hi', at which time the one who had paid attention to me a few weeks earlier broke away from the others and the weekend throng of people and came over to me. We both then felt that there was nothing really to say, the Giraffe was totally miserable, in New Orleans, summer time, out of it's element, in a small enclosure and wanted to go home.

I've never really communicated with other animals like this before or since unless you include several dogs near Apache Junction Arizona in the early Seventies at a dog race track. They told me they were going to win. I was so broke and knew nothing about betting and had on purpose gone with a group of acquaintances to the next to the last race as there was not an admission charge that late in the event. Admission was only a dollar but times were hard so we waited to get in free.

The first race for me was the next to the last race at the track and as the dogs were walking to the starting gate, one of them looked at me and a green light jumped at my eyes. I bet $2 to win and the dog was a long shot and paid $52. I was excited but really knew nothing of betting. The dogs for the last race came out and headed for the starting gate and 2 dogs looked at me and said they were going to win. I bet $2 on each to win. One of them won and paid $10.60 or such. Quite amazing, I figured that I would be a professional gambler and bet on dogs from there on out. My friends had all lost, I was the winner and near $60. was a lot in the early Seventies. Imagine if I had known how to bet?

Anyway Curt, you can zap this into Cyber Space, I don't mind. These are true blue stories that actually happened to me. To try to explain I figure that Giraffes are close to the human BAUD rate as well as other animals like dogs and such. Life is electrical in nature, we don't wear tinfoil hats or live in a Faraday Cage to block out electrical impulses, if we had I would not have won the bucks at the track.

As a note, a friend who saw me win wanted to go there again and I'd tell him what number to bet on and we'd clean up. We arrived at the dog track for the first race and paid admission. From that point on there was absolutely no communication at all. This is good though, I don't think I would have liked to be a gambler. I think that I was just broke and the dogs were helping me out that one time.

When Curt posted the story about the Giraffe, I could understand as I had similar experiences in life.

It's funny, our family and I have 4 dogs who live with us on our mini ranch in Phoenix and I am the alpha person that the dogs follow and listen to.

Erase this if you like, I know that it sounds ridiculous but not making it up. I was born in the summer of 1942, Dayton Ohio and have no reason to make up such a strange story.
38 posts
Mar 22, 2011
8:02 AM
I've returned to Ohio this week to visit family and friends. As I drove up I-71 past Kings Island, I realized I also had a class trip to Kings Island one year.

I like this topic. It has caused me to think about and remember great experiences from a simpler time...
12 posts
Mar 24, 2011
8:24 PM
I never toured the Wonder Bread factory but I can still remember the smell everytime I drove by
19 posts
Mar 26, 2011
3:04 PM
The Indian Mounds and the Dayton Museum of Natural History
5 posts
Apr 18, 2011
1:52 AM
In the 4th grade at Mad River Elementary, we went to a dairy ( don't remember the name ) and to Fockes meat processing plant. All the girls started crying when they started killing the calves by whacking the on the head with a sledge hammer. I don't think that kind of field trip would work today. If it did, they would offer counseling to the kids.
18 posts
Apr 26, 2011
7:01 PM
"Saw the Camaro plant in Norwood, John Bryan and Glen Helen too"

Delcodude--my freshman English class made that same field trip a couple weeks after the Xenia tornado! I remember the telephone poles all leaning, and all the "trash" on the sides of the highway. It wasn't till years later I realized the "trash" was debris from people's houses and lives.
8 posts
Oct 13, 2012
6:19 AM
From Dayton Schools U.S. Grant I remember going to..

Molers Dairy
Wonder Bread
Dayton Daily News
Air Force Museum (old one in Fairborn)
Dayton Museum of Natural History
Aullwood Audubon Center
Dayton Art Museum
Carillon Park
Kinder Concerts at Memorial Hall
Glen Helen
Happy to Be
20 posts
Oct 14, 2012
2:00 PM
I remember going to the planetariam and dipping candels somewhere, maybe Aullwood. Did the Air Force museum and Bowman and Landis turkey farm. My older brother remembers field trips to the turkey farm where they actually chopped off the head of a turkey for the kids to see. He said he hasn't been the same since! Can you imagine that now a days?
12 posts
Oct 14, 2012
2:59 PM
Happy to be

Yes it was Allwood for dipping candles when I read your post it brought back that wonderful memory
luv my dayton
160 posts
Oct 22, 2012
3:40 AM
Great memories you all had of field trips taken. can't remember but one field trip and it was a few blocks from school and we walked. It was the teachers family home and orchards and we even got to go inside and see their home. I know we had to have taken numerous field trips but thats the only one stuck in my mind.
14 posts
Jan 04, 2013
6:33 PM
I remember a field trip from Lincoln School, was to the Certified Bread Bakery, on Patterson, near where BHA is now located. Certified changed thier name to County Fair Bread. Aullwood Farm, Carrolon Park, Woodland Cemetery were other field trips we did.
31 posts
May 21, 2014
6:46 PM
Went to the planetarium and some place to ride horses, maybe was Young's Jersey Farm. When I lived in Belmont, we went to Highview Learing Center, which use to be a regular school. Loved going there! Learned about science there. It is now torn down.
Larry Stacy
9 posts
Oct 28, 2014
12:48 PM
When I was a 4th and then a 5th grader at Emerson Elementary on Hickory St 74-76 we went to Camp Kern. It was a great time. I thought I would be homesick but I wasn't. First time I'd ever heard of " Vespers"
2 posts
Feb 14, 2015
10:00 PM
Has any one been to plain city Ohio to a farm
I did in 1st grade it was in the early 1970s
I just curious.
97 posts
Feb 17, 2015
6:17 AM
Our school class also took various field trips including; The Air Force Museum (the original), the Wonder Bread Bakery ( we each got a tiny loaf of Wonder Bread), but the best one and also the one with the longest lasting impression on me was our 5th grade visit to hear the Dayton Philharmonic. The program included the music of Leroy Anderson who wrote my all time favorite Christmas song; Sleigh Ride and they also performed what has turned out to be my all time favorite musical composition; Blue Tango. Both of those, when I hear them today, remind me of the time that I heard them performed live.
I said that this one trip had the most lasting impression on me and it most definitely has as my wife and I are heading to Heinz Hall, in Pittsburgh, in two weeks to hear Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. This is something that we do at least a couple of times each year. Thank you Assumption School and Sister Ruth Ann.
532 posts
Feb 17, 2015
8:45 AM
Welcome to Dayton History
76 posts
Feb 17, 2015
7:10 PM
Field trips in late '60s, early '70s:
-Natural History Museum and picnic lunch in Triangle Park
-Carillon Park
-Englewood Dam
-and, 1964 or 65, Uncle Orrie's Farm. Anyone remember this guy from local TV? He had a farm that classes could visit, and the only thing I remember is the smell of manure and the dyed chicks. Seriously -- baby chickens dyed various colors. I remember my mom later telling me that farms were no longer allowed to do that because the chicks kept dying, Goldfinger-style.

Also, spent four days at Glen Helen, in the bunkhouses. Best field trip experience ever. The counselors took us on a night hike through the woods, which was unbelievable cool.
349 posts
Feb 18, 2015
12:33 PM
The field trip I remember most was one taken as a sixth grader to tour the State Capital building in Columbus. What made the trip so memorable was we went the day after the murder of Rev Martin Luther King. Several parents kept their kids home that day rather than let them go on the trip for fear of riots in Columbus. I well remember my parents debating whether I should go, but in the end wound up going. Did see some protest marchers around the Capital, but saw no violence or riots,

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