Field Trips Overview

Enrichment at Almaden Country Day School reaches far beyond our classroom walls!

Our children bring a mix of learning styles, interests, and aptitudes to the classroom, and studies demonstrate that one of the best ways to make learning relevant for all students is to provide real-life experiences that offer a tangible connection to knowledge acquired at school. For this reason, ACDS provides a variety of exciting, memorable, hands-on learning opportunities through our supervised field trip programs, offering both on- and off-campus adventures for our students throughout the year.

Children in all grades at ACDS participate in supervised field trips, including more than 40 day-trips to destinations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Technology Museum of innovation, a performance of The Nutcracker, San Francisco's Chinatown, the Chabot Space and Science Center, and the San Jose State University.

Starting in the fourth grade, students are also given the opportunity to journey on extended overnight trips that challenge their abilities, strengthen their bonds with classmates, teachers, and parents, and require increasing degrees of independence and growth. These overnight excursions include the NatureBridge Program in Yosemite Valley, Coloma Outdoor Discovery School (Gold Rush), Web of Life Field School, Catalina Environmental Learning Program on Catalina Island, and a guided visit to some of the historic East Coast locations studied in 8th grade social science.

Chaperoned by ACDS faculty members, our field trips are carefully planned and developed, and have been refined over the years to provide highly stimulating, memorable learning in a safe, supervised environment. Our students take away invaluable lessons about their studies, their world, and themselves, which helps them apply and connect what they have learned at ACDS to the world beyond.

Take a look below to learn more about our exciting field trips.

Preschool & Junior Kindergarten

  • Alum Rock
  • Battaglia Farms
  • Christmas Tree Ranch
  • Dentist
  • Fire Department Visit (on campus)
  • Market
  • Mounted Police (on campus)
  • Panera Bakery
  • Pizza Parlor
  • Sanborn
  • Uesegi Farms Pumpkin Patch
  • YSI Vasona


  • California Academy of Science
  • Uesegi Farms Pumpkin Patch

First Grade

  • San Jose Public Library, Almaden Branch
  • Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto
  • Happy Hollow 

Second Grade

  • Ainsley House 
  • Campbell Historical Museum
  • Save Our Shores Education Program 





Third Grade

  • Build a Bear
  • The Nutcracker
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • Uvas Canyon

Fourth Grade

  • Big Basin Redwood State Park
  • Coloma Outdoor Discovery School (Gold Rush)
  • Quicksilver Mining Museum 

Fifth Grade

  • WOLF Science Camp 
  • History San Jose, Westward Ho! Program 








Sixth Grade

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Almaden Quicksilver County Park



Seventh Grade

  • Catalina Island
  • Revolutionary War Artifacts (on campus)

Eighth Grade

  • East Coast Historical Sites