field trip

noun
1.
a trip by students to gain firsthand knowledge away from the classroom, as to a museum, factory, geological area, or environment of certain plants and animals.
2.
a trip by a scholar or researcher to gather data firsthand, as to a geological, archaeological, anthropological, or other site.

Origin:
1955–60

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field trip
 
n
an expedition, as by a group of students or research workers, to study something at first hand

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Example sentences
Middle schoolers on a field trip are coming down one of the trails, preceded by
  their laughter.
Take a virtual field trip to the zoo-including a peek at the famous pandas.
The researchers came up with the study idea several years ago while on a field
  trip to observe burrowing owls.
Not exactly the way you want to start a three-week-long field trip up north
  with a bunch of strangers.
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