Homeschool field trips rock. On a recent visit to see family, we all toured the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine. Often, homeschooling is multigenerational. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins participate to create a richer learning experience and foster family bonding. It’s no different with us. Grandma and Grandpa joined Sorella’s and my kids for a warm good time. I say warm because this field trip took place while the rest of the country struggled with that massive winter storm. I relished sweating while Tech, my oldest son, and his wife Jewel endured temps that felt like -15 degrees. I made sure to rub it in their faces, too!

Peck and his cousins, who are also homeschooled, enjoyed the wide variety of crocodiles and alligators. I didn’t realize there were so many different species. If you’ve got a reptile obsessed kiddo, this is the place for them.

The Alligator Farm displays more than reptiles. Sorella, the bird whisperer, delights in the variety of feathered friends found at the zoological park. My favorite park feature is the rookery where hundreds of wading birds raise their young. I could spend hours watching these busy birds wading, building nests, and living their bird lives.

While we were touring the rookery, an alligator burst from the water, attempting to snag one of the wading birds. He missed the bird, and I missed getting the act on video, but I did get him withdrawing back into the water.

In all, it was an awesome field trip–the perfect blend of education and fun. If you live around St. Augustine or plan a trip to the area, I highly recommend hitting up the Alligator Farm. This zoological park’s focus differs from the average zoo, which makes the experience unique and interesting.

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