Field Trips & Retreats
Because many of the most meaningful learning experiences take place beyond the classroom walls, The Epiphany School of Global Studies incorporates field trips that are an essential part of the educational process, especially in the Primary and Elementary Schools.
Depending on the grade, our students may look forward to trips to the Post Office to learn how mail is sorted, or to a restaurant kitchen where they learn how food is prepared. They may participate in trips to the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores or the Aurora Fossil Museum where they can find fossilized teeth from ancient megalodons. The Bentonville Battlefield—the site of the last great battle of the Civil War—is only an hour away and a place where students can see the medical tools used during that period of our country's history. The Maritime Museum is located in Beaufort and is close to Fort Macon, one of the great 19th-century coastal forts in North Carolina. New Bern is also the home of Tryon Palace, the Colonial governor's mansion, and the North Carolina Museum of History. Our youngest students may tour historic homes, survey gardens, and collect shells at the beach as an integral method of studying about the ocean; they begin to experience and understand the world almost as soon as they start school. As the students grow older, overnight trips to Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., are regular facets of the school calendar, as are outings such as “Sound to Sea," in which students learn about the ecological habitats of the coastal plains. It is a pillar of an Epiphany education that our students continually learn beyond the classroom walls.
Beginning in the seventh grade as a day trip—and progressing to overnight trips in eighth grade—Epiphany offers each class a retreat at least once a year. These retreats are viewed as both bonding experiences and learning opportunities for students. Every retreat has a specific theme and includes small- and large-group activities, climbing challenges, discussions, cookouts, and time to simply relax. The retreats are viewed as one of the highlights of the year by students in every grade.