A Trusted Idea & Information Resource for Educators, Group Leaders & Tour Planners

Great ideas begin right here! From 2010 to now, the MN Field Trip Library & EXPO has evolved into a comprehensive, free resource for educators, group leaders, activity coordinators & tour planners to discover Minnesota’s BEST educational/recreational activities, events and destinations.

Even better, planners can download free brochures & literature 24/7 from our innovative Download Center, and learn about grant and funding resources for education purposes as needed – all of this from our password-free website!

The Library is a resource with exciting ideas, great experiences… and is free to use!

As a planner for your group travels and activities, you need advance planning time – sometimes months, even years – to discover, select and prepare for a bus tour, a field or day trip, or even an assembly or performance.

The Library offers 5 ways to plan – all of them are free-of-charge:

– The MN FIELD TRIP & ACTIVITY GUIDE – Use it to find the activity for your group!
Take your copy of annually-printed full color publication (also available on our website for digital reading) to staff meetings or keep at your desk for quick reference. Free of charge at select conferences and events. The Guide is also available free of charge by mail.

– The WEBSITES – We call the “The Library Online” and “LetsDoMN
These is the central hub of our information-sharing activities. Come here for ideas, announcements, downloadable literature and profiles of Partners & destinations from throughout Minnesota. No passwords are ever required. LetsDoMN is specifically for event and activity planners – be they on staff or independent.

– Email ALERTS – Our monthly emails are filled with announcements – Sign up HERE
+ educators, activity planners, group leaders and tour/travel planners consistently receive our email ALERTS every month. Depending on planning needs, we offer 5 different types of ALERTS containing new field trips, activities & travel opportunities from throughout Minnesota. During the week following each, these announcements are posted to our website’s PLANNER BLOG and displayed on our website’s homepage.

Planners can choose to receive from 1 to all 5 each month at no charge or obligation (and rest assured… we do NOT sell email addresses). The 5 types include:


For youth recreational planners and group leaders who plan field trips, activities, assemblies, festivals, parties, camps, performances and fundraising programs. Popular with  libraries, park & recreation departments, community educators, summer & afterschool programs, schools, homeschoolers, and youth organizations like scouts (boy/girl), church, 4-H, and more).


For active adult and senior group leaders and activity professionals who coordinate on-site and local off-site activities. These include day trips, area travel, performers, entertainers, hands-on classes all offering a wide range of activity challenges. Popular with organizations for retired employees, church groups, independent living groups, adult daycare and more.


Designed for experiential learning support of K-12 standards-based curriculum. Includes onsite (in schools) and offsite field trips, programs, educational performers, classes, camps, fundraising and more that can support standards and curriculum needs. Additionally you will find announcements for a school’s social and recreational activity needs (prom, graduation, etc). For public, private & charter schools and educators, homeschool co-ops and homeschool situations. Also includes fundraising opportunities.


Minnesota itineraries, travel destinations, and events for planners of single day and overnight motorcoach tours/group travel. Excellent for tour operators, bank clubs, receptive operators, charter operators, travel agents, travel clubs and group leaders in Minnesota, the immediate region and the domestic United States. These announcements provide unique and timely ideas for creating itineraries & tours involving destinations and events in Minnesota.


For event & activity planners (both staff and independent) such as corporations & businesses large to small, government and associations. Announcements include venues, performers, and event services.

Do you want to get these free, once-a-month emails? – Sign up HERE


– The Annual MN Field Trip & Activity EXPO
Held in August. Meet Minnesota’s BEST providers in person at our one-day annual EXPO and discuss YOUR program needs with them. Exhibitors come ready to field questions and introduce you to their programs and destinations. You will be surprised at how many new ideas you will take home with you. Serving educators (all types), recreation coordinators (youth to active adults & seniors), tour operators & planners. In 2018 we will also be inviting corporate, government and association meeting & event planners.

BONUS for educators: Earn CEU clocktime credits free-of-charge for your EXPO research for new and standards-supporting field trips and school educational programs. Take a signed and qualified CEU certificate for up to 6 hours home with you.

Held in January. The “SRF” is for activity coordinators who need to their plan summer recreation activities and field trips for groups of all ages. Serving organizations that include Park & Recreation Departments, Community Educators, etc. Like the EXPO, exhibitors come ready to discuss their programs with attending planners.


Our Mission

To be the best resource possible for quality educational, recreational & leisure group experiences for planners to conveniently use – at no charge.


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Mark Peterson directly by calling 612-518-8353 or by email: [email protected] We hope you find the Minnesota Field Trip Library & EXPO to be useful.


Our Team

Jennifer Zacks, Alerts Editor
Editor of the monthly email ALERTS.  Email: [email protected]

Doug Lyon, Partner Development Manager
Doug joined the Library in January 2017 as Partner Development Manager. His solid experience in marketing, business and customer relations helps our Partners more fully realize the outreach potential available to them via the Library. Email: [email protected]

Mark Peterson of Minnesota Field Trip Library

Mark Peterson
President & Founder

Bringing experience, knowledge, curiosity, and a heart for our kids & adults.

Mark has brought a lifetime of marketing & communications, publishing, writing, consulting, and hands-on experience with him into the Minnesota Field Trip & Activity Library.

Mark is a 1968 graduate of Monticello (MN) High School. A graduate from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) with a BA in Religious Studies and History, Mark appreciates experiential learning, hence his interest in field trips and travel. There’s nothing like a good backstory that brings a destination (or curriculum) to life! A personal highlight of this was in 1972 when Mark traveled with 70 other American college students for a summer-long Smithsonian-sponsored archeological dig into northern Israel.

His love for travel, adventure and experiential learning led Mark from travel & tourism into the MN Field Trip & Activity Library. During college and later with his family, he has enjoyed traveling throughout the United States from our nation’s capitol to our states and national parks. During this time he became aware of the many destination gems we have right here in Minnesota… visiting them, learning their backstories, and meeting the people who bring our attractions and destinations to life every day – whether on a family trip or during a leisure group tour. It’s always a wonderful time of discovery.

Mark’s 25 years of participation and leadership in Minnesota tourism and the regional travel industry includes:

      • – Past President & board member of Tour Minnesota Assn. 24 years.
        – Member of Twin Cities Tourism Attractions Assn. 7 years.
        – Past member of the Governor’s MN Tourism Advisory Board. 2 years.

Mark & Amy (married 33 years), reside in Plymouth (MN) and have three wonderful (now adult) kids; Krista, Becca & Andy. In 2011 Mary & Amy completed a 3-week self-guided tour of Spain, in 2015 completed the popular Circle Tour of Lake Superior, a dream they’ve had for many years, and in 2018 spent 10 days in France. This doesn’t include their many other domestic trips throughout the U.S.

If you have questions or suggestions about the MN Field Trip & Activity Library, you can contact Mark directly at 612-518-8353, or email him at [email protected].

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