Field Trips

fieltrips1826LA invites classes from LAUSD schools to participate in completely free, writing-based, and Common Core-aligned Field Trips. Field Trips at 826LA support teacher curriculum and student learning by offering a safe, creative, and nurturing space for students, where both imaginative learning and standards-based skill reinforcement take place. The support of our capable community of volunteers enables both highly collaborative and individualized learning. In a few short hours, students brainstorm, write, edit their work, and leave with something tangible—a bound book or a revised essay—and a renewed confidence in their ability to read, write, and inspire.


826LA hosts Field Trips at our Echo Park and Mar Vista centers during both fall and spring semesters of the LAUSD school year. 826LA Field Trips take place Monday through Thursday. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer Field Trips on Friday dates. Each Field Trip is three hours long. Field Trips begin at 9:30AM at our Echo Park location, and 10:30AM at our Mar Vista location.

If you are interested in bringing your class on a Field Trip to our center in either Echo Park or Mar Vista, you can fill out the appropriate form below. Please note: As an organization, 826LA aims to provide our educational services to under-resourced schools, teachers, and students in Los Angeles. Due to the high demand for 826LA’s Field Trips program, 826LA will give priority to schools in LAUSD that have a Free or Reduced Price School Meal percentage of 51% or higher. We do not currently offer Field Trips to private schools or homeschool classes.

If you do not meet these qualifications but are still interested in a Field Trip with us, please fill out the appropriate form below and let us know how you and your students will benefit from 826LA’s support. You will be placed on a waitlist and, if dates become available, you will be notified. We may offer dates to non-target schools based on availability and stated need.

Please note that 826LA Field Trips have a maximum capacity of 40 students per Field Trip. If you have a class size larger than 40 students, or if you would like to bring more than one class in for one of our Field Trips, multiple Field Trip dates may be arranged for you and your students.



While all of 826LA’s programs are completely free to students and teachers, 826LA is unable to provide transportation for Field Trips to and from our location. We encourage teachers to research grants that they may apply for to obtain funding, or look into using Los Angeles’ extensive Metro system. Both our Echo Park and Mar Vista centers are located near Metro stops. is an excellent resource for raising money for Field Trips.

826LA is happy to offer time and space for a lunch break during our Field Trips, but we are unable to provide food for students, teachers, or chaperones. As a part of the Field Trip, 826LA asks visiting teachers and students to provide their own lunches. Both of our facilities have water available for students to refill their water bottles.

826LA also provides brief presentations on 826LA and our Field Trips program for schools during staff meetings, professional development trainings, back to school nights, and resource fairs. If you are interested in arranging such a presentation for your school, staff, or fellow teachers, you can contact Field Trips program staff with the information below.


Volunteers are essential to 826LA’s Field Trips program: They act as the role models for students, and support our students as they share and write their ideas. We ask our volunteers to be adaptable and enthusiastic as they move through their various roles and interactions with our students. In order to help them do this, volunteers are trained and supported by both 826LA staff and interns.

Field Trips volunteers fill many roles, ranging from Brainstormer (who helps students come up with their best ideas) to Typist (who transcribes said ideas into students’ book or final product) to Storyteller (who leads the whole enterprise). At each Field Trip, volunteers have the opportunity to interact with students as an entire class, in small groups, and individually. Volunteers also assist with the production of the book or final product.



Please take a look at our writing-based lesson plans here.



Please fill out the appropriate
form below:

For Field Trips in Echo Park, click here.
For Field Trips in Mar Vista, click here.



Contact one of our Field Trips program staff:

Echo Park
Cathy Mayer

Mar Vista
Mike Dunbar

“[The most effective part of the program was] the volunteers facilitating the small group writing through questioning. The process was fun and creative! It shows the students that writing can be fun. I also love that the students return home with a meaningful artifact that can be a school memory. Students don’t get to make things as much these days, so these books are special.”
Jeremy Munson, 4th-grade teacher,
Stoner Avenue Elementary School