A Trusted Resource for Educators, Group Leaders & Travel 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, youth/adult leaders, activity coordinators & tour planners to experience Minnesota’s BEST educational/recreational activities, events and destinations.

Even better, planners can download free brochures & literature 24/7 from our innovative BROCHURE RACK, and learn about online activities and classes – 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, family or club, you need advance planning time to prepare

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 them “The Library” and “LetsDoMN
These are the central hub of our services. Come here for ideas, announcements, downloadable literature and profiles of Partners & destinations from throughout Minnesota. No passwords are ever required. LetsDoMN is specifically for activity planners.

– Email ALERTS – Our monthly emails are filled with announcements – Sign up HERE
+subscribers receive our email ALERTS every month. We offer 6 different types of ALERTS containing new field trips, activities, travel and event planning opportunities from throughout Minnesota. During the week following each, these announcements are posted on our website’s Homepage, and BLOG and then posted to social media.


Planners can choose to receive from 1 to all 6 each month at no charge or obligation (and rest assured… we do NOT sell email addresses). They include:

For MN youth recreational planners and group leaders who plan field trips, activities, assemblies,, parties, camps and entertainment 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 MN active adult, retiree and senior group leaders and activity professionals who coordinate on-site and 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, care centers and more.

For MN educators in public, private & charter schools, homeschool co-ops and homeschool situations. 
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). 

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

For MN corporate, independent and social event & activity planners. Announcements include event venues, services and activities. This event planning resource resides on a separate website: www.LetsDoMN.com.

Do you want to get any of 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 & activity 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 who attend the EXPO: 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.


We strive to make the Minnesota Field Trip Library useful for your planning needs. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Mark Peterson directly by calling 612-518-8353 or by email: [email protected]


Our Team

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

Mark Peterson, President – [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].

Signup For Our Free Monthly Emails

We offer 6 different, free e-newsletters that are designed to provide you each month with fresh ideas that will energize your planning.

Visit Our Brochure Rack

The Brochure Rack is full of free downloadable brochures, visitor guides and more. Use these resources to get vital information when you are planning.

Check Out Online Classes, Performances and Activities

Need curriculum support for distance learning? Looking for online, virtual classes? Look here!