Field Trips

826 is a popular destination for school field trips. Our signature field trip, Storytelling and Bookmaking, takes a fun and creative approach to writing, both independently and in groups. And at the end, each student departs with a professionally bound copy of the book he or she created. We offer this and other creative writing field trips for first, second, and fourth grade classrooms.


Most Wednesday and Friday mornings during the school year, classrooms visit 826michigan’s writing labs in downtown Ann Arbor and Detroit’s Eastern Market for action-packed two-hour experiences filled with surprises and focused on building students’ confidence in their writing. We offer many field-trip options: from PJ Day, in which first-graders must band together to write the best bedtime story ever and soothe our cranky publisher Dr. Blotch to sleep, to our classic Storytelling and Bookmaking workshop, where second- and third-grade students write and illustrate their own books in one morning.

Through our field trip program, our commitment is to working with the students of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit, to foster deeper relationships within our communities.

Priority in scheduling is given to classes from public schools within the cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit with populations of over 50 percent of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Field trips are offered at no cost to schools. Our schedule fills quickly at the beginning of the school year.

If you teach in classroom that meets these criteria, please contact José Rivas in Detroit, or Megan Gilson in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. We will talk with you about possible scheduling options, including our waiting list.

Each year, several dates become available — often at the last minute — to schools that do not meet these criteria. If you are interested in bringing your class on a field trip to 826michigan and are not one of our priority schools, please complete this online form to be added to our waiting list for one of these openings.

We offer programming that is free and open to all through our drop-in tutoring, drop-in writing, and workshops programs, and educators have access to writing lessons through 826 Digital.

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