Business tours help students learn more about occupations within that industry and the work environment. Tours last approximately 30-90 minutes.
In the past, Bridges has supported tours of local businesses by reimbursing schools for the cost of traveling to and from a business.
Due to covid-19, group activities such as tours have been postponed during the 20-21 school year. Decisions will be made in summer of 2021 related to the continuation of this program offering.
As a part of the reimbursement process, student have completed a post-tour survey, educators completed the teacher tour evaluation, and those forms were mailed with the Bridges travel reimbursement form within 30 days of your tour to have the cost of your travel to and from the business covered by Bridges. Only one tour is allowed per teacher/class with a maximum $100 travel allowance.
Downloads and more information!
Download the Business Tours fact sheet.
Or, for more information, contact:
Mary Gottsch, (218) 822-7117
Watch how tours help a class
Pillager class tours the Brainerd Dispatch (story courtesy of the Otto Bremer Trust)
Tour Watches DNR in Action
Students watched the DNR work at the Walleye Egg Stripping Station. The station is one of only five places in Minnesota where eggs are taken, fertilized, washed and then brought to the hatchery in Brainerd. Once hatched, eggs are used to stock lakes with walleyes who have the Mississippi River genetic strain. It was an incredible experience.
— Crosby-Ironton High School
NEW: Video Tours
Since traveling in groups is currently difficult, please share these video tours we've collected to share different work environments and experiences.
- Arconic Power and Propulsion Video Tour
- Arconic Airplane Wings Video Tour
- Arconic Advanced Manufacturing Plant Video Tour
- Canadian Farm & Food Virtual Tours (video with 360 views)
- Nat'l Ag in the Classroom Virtual Tours
- American Dairy Assoc Virtual Tour
- MN State Parks (360 photo tours)
- Brainerd Lakes Area Regional Airport Video Tour
- Luther Honda Video Tour
- Miller Marine Video Tour
- Miller Collision Video Tour
- Lube-Tech Video Tour
Check back frequently as new videos will be added often.