Scenes from Field Trip

On April 1st I was a chaperone on the 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of History, and all of my students returned home safely. No joke!

Outside (Mall Side)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (the Mall side).

Class Photo

Class photo before we begin.

I love spring in D.C. This was my second trip downtown this week, after visiting the cherry blossoms a few days earlier. Look how pretty it was on this day:

Spring Walk to the Museum

A little walk around the museum before we begin.

Spring Flowers

Flowers on our walk. I like that purple-veined kale next to the purple pansies.

If you’ve been to this museum, surely you remember the iconic African Elephant in the rotunda.


My students were fascinated by all things elephant on this trip, much more so than

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond.

My kids were disappointed that the Hope Diamond was 1. set in a necklace, and 2. off limits to touching. I think they were hoping for some sort of diamond touch tank.

We spent a lot of time in the Saint Ocean Hall, where we smelled real whale baleen,


and with the mammals, where we talked about life cycles,

Lion in Light

and in the Insect Zoo, where I volunteered to hold a cockroach, in hopes that my students would try it, too.


And one of them did!


The dinosaur hall is closed until 2019, but we did find this T-Rex skull.

Dinosaur Skull

And then we headed back outside for a bit of lunch on a beautiful day.

Springtime Lunch Outside

And then home again, all present and accounted for.


Outside (Not Mall Side)

Natural History Museum, the Constitution Avenue Side


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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