Learning Excursions

At New Life Academy, we value giving our students a chance to see how God is moving on a larger scale. We believe valuable learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. Class learning excursions are critical to our student curriculum and spiritual development plan. While the classroom schooling environment is vital, some of the most essential life lessons happen while doing in the world around us.  

Student Favorites:


This is one of our most exciting Lower School learning excursions. 5th graders learn all about what it’s like to have a real job, including interviewing, writing checks, making deposits, applying for business loans, and more.

Camp Forest Springs

During the spring, the 6th-grade class travels to a bible camp in north central Wisconsin. Students experience hands-on learning and spiritual formation for three days, all set against a beautiful lakeside backdrop. The impact the trip has on our students is unforgettable for most.

Junior Missions Trip

Every year our Juniors have a chance to step out of the classroom for seven days on a local or international mission trip. For many, it’s a life-changing experience. These trips aim to help students learn about the world and people around them and empower them to share the love of Jesus by serving others.

Lower School Experiential Learning

Early childhood through middle school students engage in experiential learning outside the classroom. Students will explore and learn topics outside the classroom, reinforcing and expanding on what has been learned inside the classroom. It’s about bringing the classroom to life in natural settings.

Field Trip Examples:

  • Kindergarten – Woodbury Fire Station
  • 1st grade – Afton Apple Orchard
  • 2nd grade – Carpenter Nature Center
  • 3rd grade – Children’s Theater
  • 4th grade – Bakken Museum
  • 5th grade – JA Biztown

Middle/Upper School Local Excursions

Starting in 6th grade, students begin multi-day learning excursions that include team-building activities, small group discussions, and exploring God’s creation outdoors. These excursions provide an extended time of Christ-focused character building and community where students can deepen their relationship with the Lord, their teachers, and classmates.

Trip Examples:

  • 6th grade – Camp Forest Springs
  • 7th and 8th grade – Project Serve
  • 10th grade – Living Waters Bible Camp
  • 11th grade – Local Missions Trip
  • 12th grade – Camp Lebanon

Middle/Upper School Global Excursions

These excursions are both educational and missional in nature. These excursions bring learning in select topics to life and open up doors to experience different cultures, broaden their perspectives, learn about historical events and serve people in other countries.

Trip Examples:

  • 7th and 8th grade – Washington D.C.
  • 11th grade – Global Missions Trip
  • 12th grade – Colorado Trip
  • 11th and 12th grade – Italy Trip