When I was in school we took several "standard" or "traditional" field trips each year. For example, fourth graders always went to the state capitol. I've noticed, though, that our students don't get to experience many field trips I assume because of increased pressures on teachers and state testing. I hate this for all the students who miss out on great learning opportunities because their families can't or simply don't get out and about. I understand some may argue that schools can't be responsible for providing such experiences, but we already take on so many responsibilities that should really be taken care of at home...so I feel okay about wishing these field trips would return. They were an important part of my student life. How many field trips does your grade level take a year and what are they? Families pay or school?