and the Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Field Trips Overview
826LA 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.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 826LA'S FIELD TRIPS PROGRAM
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 at both of our locations. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer Field Trips on Friday dates. Each Field Trip is three hours long. Field Trips normally 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.
What 826LA Can Provide
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. DonorsChoose.org 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.
WHAT KIND OF FIELD TRIPS OR LESSON PLANS DO YOU OFFER STUDENTS?
Great question! Please take a look at our writing-based lesson plans here.
I'M READY TO SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP FOR MY CLASS!
Great! We’re excited to have you. Please fill out the appropriate form below:
For Field Trips to 826LA in Echo Park click here.
For Field Trips to 826LA in Mar Vista click here.
I HAVE A QUESTION OR MAYBE EVEN A CONCERN!
We’d like to hear it! You can contact our Field Trips program staff at the following information:
I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU
“Students were able to take away a book that they had a hand in making. That's something that's immediate and powerful and it contributes to their developing identity as writers. It's also wonderful for students to have so much positive attention from an adult who's truly interested in their thoughts and ideas. It was wonderful to see that interaction and watch how it developed on paper. It all makes for a memorable experience for students. THANK YOU!”
—Erin Powers, 6th through 8th-grade teacher, Stevenson Middle School
“Thank you for everything. It was really fun and interesting at the same time. Thanks to you guys my dream came true. My dream was to write a book, and you guys made it come true. I hope you guys invite other 6th graders so they could experience what we did. I am pretty sure there are other 6th graders that have a dream just like mine. Thank you for inviting us. It was the best experience in my life.”
—Natasha, 6th-grade student, Johnnie L. Cochran Middle School
“[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
“For me, being a volunteer on a Choose Your Own Adventure Field Trip is an adventure in itself. The students are learning about point-of-view, characters, cliffhangers, and sad and happy endings; it’s a map to worlds they’ll create.”
—Pam, 826LA Field Trips volunteer
“826LA’s Field Trips are truly creative experiences for both the volunteers and the students. The spontaneous creative sparks over the short course of a Field Trip are incredibly inspiring.”
—Patrick, 826LA Field Trips volunteer
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP STUDENTS WRITE SOME AMAZING STORIES!
We would so love that! If you’d like to be a volunteer and help bring these students’ stories to life on a daily basis, you can find more information here.