Field Trips

Fourth graders at McGrath Elementary take part in two big field trips each year, while fifth graders have one large trip at the end of the year.Click here to download a blank field trip permission slip.

Fourth Grade Field Trips

Capitol trip

Our first trip comes in late fall as we travel to Lansing. Students visit our state Capitol building, taking a tour along the glass floor in the rotunda, visiting the governor’s office, and watching the House or Senate, if in session. In the past, we’ve seen the Senate vote on and approve a bill to limit the sale of sugary food in schools.

Students also take a tour of the Michigan Historical Museum, which is a good review of what they’ve learned about Michigan history in third grade.

Mackinac trip

McGrath has journeyed to the Straits of Mackinaw for the last several years. We visit Colonial Fort Michilimackinac, ferry over to Mackinac Island, tour and eat at the Grand Hotel, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, visit Fort Mackinac, and shop in the city. Get more information about the trip by visiting the Mackinac Trip page, updated as trip planning progresses.

Due to a cost of approximately $100 per student, this trip requires a lot of fundraising or donations. You can prepare for this trip by setting aside $15 per month. By the time April comes around, you’ll have the trip funds already saved, without really noticing the missing $15 per month.

Fifth Grade Field Trips


Fifth Grade Camp is the large, year-end field trip for fifth grade. It is a two-day, overnight trip. The cost includes all meals and activities. Visit the Camp page for more details.

Waterpark trip

The fifth grade visits the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center on the last day of school. To minimize costs, we usually ask parents or family members to drive private vehicles so that we don’t have to arrange for buses. This means that we usually need six or more chaperones that are willing and able to drive. The school requires chaperones that drive their private vehicle to complete several forms (click here). Chaperones are also asked to pay for their own admission, but student costs are paid by the school.

The trip is nearly all day, so students will need to bring a lunch; the school can also provide a bag lunch for the cost of a normal lunch for each student (full price, reduced, or free).

Students should also bring a change of dry clothes and sun block. Girls are asked to wear a one-piece suit, a two-piece suit that covers the belly, or a t-shirt over the two-piece suit.

Other Trips

McGrath fourth and fifth graders may participate in other trips based on availability of funds or time. Check the class calendar to stay updated on special field trips, or subscribe to our class daily email update to learn about new events.


Chaperones are needed for some class field trips. Visit the chaperone page to learn more about which trips needed chaperones and how you can become one.


This page last updated January 6, 2020 @ 4:53 pm.