Crayola Experience

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30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, United States

At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

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Learning Made Fun at The Crayola Experience™

Have your next field trip at the Crayola Experience! Since 1996, the Crayola Experience has hosted nearly 4 million guests in its 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s learning about melted wax or discovering the secrets of how Crayola crayons are made, the Crayola Experience can provide a memorable class trip for your school!

When your classroom visits the Crayola Experience you can attend an interactive class that teaches the science of making the perfect crayon! Campers or Scouts will learn how each ingredient contributes to a crayon’s functionality, as well as how heating and cooling help to make one of their classroom favorites.

Group visit includes:

  • A hands-on lesson about melted wax
  • Live manufacturing demonstration of how crayons are made
  • Tailored instruction to meet your classroom’s grade level
  • Applied principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • All day access to 4 floors of hands-on attractions

Book your trip today! Our Group Sales Account Executive would be happy to help you get started:

Groups Visits 
Jennifer Murray: 610.515.8000 x6660
jemurray@crayola.com

RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR SCOUT TROOP!

This new program allows you an easy way to raise money for your organization! Now you can raise $1 for every Crayola Experience ticket sold by your Troop with our special fundraising program.

This program is FREE to you and is easy to get started!

To learn more, please contact our Group Sales Account Executive

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Additional Information

Crayola Experience welcomes educators and their classrooms! For more than 15 years, we’ve helped educators plan memorable field trips that deliver colorful hands-on learning outside the classroom.

Ever wonder why all Crayola crayons are a little bit hollow? How expansion and contraction help make the perfect crayon? Or what would happen if pigment isn’t added to a crayon? We can put together a unique lesson to show your students the science of melted wax and the behind-the-
scenes magic that turns it into the crayon they know and love. A day at the Crayola Experience also includes unlimited access to all four floors of hands-on attractions that encourage creative thinking and self-expression. Contact our group sales team for more information on our affordable, customization group packages.

Our corporate website, Crayola.com, also offers lesson plan ideas, classroom resources, and the latest information regarding special programs and offers.

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Buy tickets & annual passes online and save!

You can save on each ticket by purchasing online today! Our online ticket booth is open 24 hours a day! Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from purchase date.

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Crayola Factory Hours

Crayola Experience hours vary depending on the time of year. Daily operating hours and special events are always posted on our calendar. We recommend allowing at least 3-4 hours for your visit to ensure you can visit all four floors to try each and every attraction!

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448 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA, United States 16.18 mi

Welcome to The Pines Dinner Theatre! Join us, and step back to a simpler time where everyone treats you like family. Even though we’re in the heart of Allentown, when you’re our guest, we’ll treat you to real down-home hospitality and authentic rustic elegance. From the moment you walk in the door, until the final curtain call, we’ll give you fabulous food and a spectacular show. We invite you to join the thousands of folks from around the country (including one person who claimed to paddle a canoe across the ocean to see us, but we can’t verify the authenticity of that claim) who have experienced the The Pines Dinner Theatre, the Lehigh Valley’s premier dinner theatre.

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Summer Camp and Scout Groups 

We love having School groups, Camp groups and Scout groups visit us at the Pines Dinner Theatre. From the moment your group arrives until your motorcoach leaves our property, you and your group will receive the treatment you deserve! Our friendy and professional staff is at your disposal to make your visit perfect! Group Discounts available.

School Group Policies:

Group Requirement:

  • 20 or more adult tickets.

Group Price:

  • $18.60 for Children (3-16)

Complimentary tickets:

  • Driver comped for all groups arriving via motor coach.
  • Comp ticket for group leader with 30 or more guests.

Payment:

  • $100.00 due to hold seats.
  • Balance due 2 weeks prior to show date.

Cancellation:

  • Must be done in writing at least 15 days prior to show date.
  • Deposit is refundable up to 60 days prior to show date.

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8181 Route 309, New Tripoli, PA, United States 29.01 mi

Camp Groups and Scout Groups all are welcome to Bear Rock Junction. Our course at Bear Rock Junction was built to be a destination for groups of all ages and sizes.

We have two 18 hole courses for a total of 36 holes. Each course is different in layout and both are very challenging. Both have a par rating of 48 with the highest par per hole being 4. Landscaping and elevation changes on the course are not to be found any where else in the area. It takes about 45 min to an hour to play each course.

In addition to the mini golf we have a coal fired steam train, a paint ball shooting gallery and a kiddie hand car ride where children can crank their own little train
around the track.

We have two large pavilions for group picnics or outings and parties, a full service dairy bar with 30 flavors of Leiby’s Ice cream. Every one should try our “Train Wreck Sundae,” 32 ounces of 5 flavors of ice cream and all the toppings in a huge bowl!

We also have pizza and an outdoor BBQ grill that offers fire-grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, fries and a host of other homemade, picnic style foods.

Summer Camp & Scout Group trips (All Grades)

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School Groups, Camp Groups and Scout Groups will enjoy a fun-filled learning experience. Science is brought to life in an exciting presentation “Corn in Your Life”, examining the corn-growing process and how corn is used to make plastic and other products. Our lesson coincides with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Academic Standards for Science and Technology.

must provide one designated chaperone per 7 students. Designated chaperones are free. Field trips are available during regular school days Field trips are held weather permitting and all throughout the Summer for Camp Groups. Please check our website for current weather conditions before leaving for your field trip.

For additional information please call the corn maze directly at 610.298.8887.

Fundraising for Scouts

It’s easy. No set-up. No clean up. No searching for volunteers. We do the work; you have fun and make money. When you register your event online, we’ll send you a pass code to download your group’s special pass. Bear Rock Junction will send you a check for 10% of admission passes collected from your group during your event. Fundraising events are held weather permitting.

Things to do for your Camp Groups or Scout Groups

Go-Karts

 Black Bear Speedway

A road course with real banked turns and speeds up to 20 miles per hour!!!!!

Singles and Doubles

Prices:

Driver (56″) $10.50 plus tax

Rider (36″) $4.00 plus tax

MINI GOLF

We’re not putt putt Mini Golf. . . Our Mini Golf ROCKS!!!

The Two Most Challenging Mini Golf Courses in the Lehigh Valley BAR NONE!!!!!

Mini Golf Prices:

  • Adults: $7.25
  • Children (4-12): $5.20
  • Seniors: 10% off
  • Groups of 10 or more: 10% off

Outdoor Grill

Open  Saturdays and Sundays (Memorial Day Weekend-The End of October)

  • French Fries
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs & Award Winning Chili Dogs
  • Chicken Sandwiches  and Chicken Strips

Leiby’s Ice Cream

Hand Dipped Ice Cream

  • Signature Sundaes
  • Banana Splits
  • Waffle Sundaes
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Milkshakes

Corn Maze

 Come to Pennsylvania’s best corn maze and have the time of your life.

OPEN Friday 5-9, Saturday and Sunday 12-9

Families and friends will enjoy navigating over 4 Miles of Corn Maze, Launching Apples, bouncing around the Marshmallow Maze, racing Super Trikes relaxing on a Hayride and searching for prizes in the “Needle-in-a-Haystack” and “Scavenger Hunt” games. There’s something for everyone at Bear Rock Junction.

After conquering the corn maze, indulge in a snack or chow down on lunch or dinner at our Snack Bar. Warm-up by the fire or Roast Marshmallows from our s’more kits. Shop in our Farmer’s Market for fresh pumpkins, cornstalks, hay and country crafts.

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States 29.18 mi

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Programs

Program Fees

All programs except for “Farm Animals” and “Summer on the Farm” are $75.00 for in-county visitors and $100.00 for out-of-county visitors for each group of 25 people or less. (This includes adult chaperones as well).

Farm Animals is $4.00 per person (in-county); and $5.00 per person (out-of-county) .

The Summer on the Farm program is $100.00 for in-county and $125.00 for out-of-county.

Farm Programs:

Ice Harvesting: Work with farmers on the frozen pond, where volunteers from your group will help to score, cut and float ice. Everyone will help when it is time to pull the ice blocks up a wooden track to the icehouse. Blocks are lowered into the icehouse via a chute, and then packed in layers of sawdust. (If there is no ice on the pond, your group will work with commercial ice just as farmers did in 1900 if winters were mild.)

Tree Tapping and Sap Gathering: Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree. Volunteers from your group will help us tap a sugar maple tree. All will taste the sap if it is flowing before beginning the work of collecting it from the many trees in our “sugarbush”. You will load some of the sap on a horse or oxen drawn wagon to take back to the farm for syrup making.

Sheep Care: Learn about the care of our sheep as you pet the lambs, help brush the ewes, and visit the flock in the sheep yard. Help process wool using our hand cranked carding machine to prepare it for spinning. Learn about the many uses for wool products on a 1900 family farm.

FARM ANIMALS PROGRAM: Station Activities

Corn Planting: Learn about corn planting technology by using hand sowing methods used throughout history…and by planting corn using a circa 1900, animal-drawn seeder. Discover why seeders like this one – and why tractor-drawn seeders- are still “future” technology for most of the world’s farmers

Wagon Tour of Farming Operations: Old-fashioned horsepower will pull your wagon into a landscape reminiscent of the Hopewell Township of a century ago, when farm lanes were bordered by snake fences and osage orange trees, and when farmers still worked by hand and horsepower to cultivate their fields of corn, oats, wheat and hay. Operations vary daily, so there is no telling what you might see: a reaper-binder or haytedder in action, a flock of sheep coming in from the meadow, or a farm crew bringing in the sheaves.

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41 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA, United States 30.38 mi

Jim Thorpe, PA, formerly Mauch Chunk, is a small picturesque Pennsylvania town with a fascinating history. Established in a wilderness on the banks of the Lehigh River in 1818, Mauch Chunk became a bustling coal transportation center, tourist Mecca, and the esteemed seat of Carbon County by the middle of the 19th century.

Riding the wave of prosperity along river, canal, Switchback Gravity Railroad and overland railroads as ‘black diamonds’ (anthracite coal) were transported by increasingly efficient means, famous as the “Switzerland of America” to 19th century rail excursionists, the town declined economically in the 20th century when petroleum replaced coal in home and industry and rail excursion tourism was replaced by the automobile.

Summer Camp & Scout Trips

Discover how the industrial outpost of Mauch Chunk became a prosperous coal shipping town and 19th century tourist Mecca, second to Niagara Falls in popularity. Relive the town’s glory days when coal was King and tourism Queen. Learn of its economic demise and bizarre resurrection as Mauch Chunk traded its name for the name and body of 1912 Olympic hero, Jim Thorpe. Discover the feats and demons of Jim Thorpe,”The Greatest Athlete in the World.”

Commencing with an overview and tour of the Mauch Chunk Museum, courses follow the historical continuum:

  • Industrial Outpost in a Wilderness
  • The Lehigh Canal:Lifeline of the American Industrial Revolution
  • Mauch Chunk’s Amazing Rollercoaster: The Switchback Gravity Railroad
  • Mauch Chunk’s Millionaires & The Social Scene
  • The Tourist Influx
  • Economic Decline
  • Mauch Chunk Trades Its Name for a Body
  • Jim Thorpe: All American
  • Revitalization
  • Arts/Crafts courses

Field Trips

  • Lansford #9 Anthracite Mining Museum
  • Asa Packer Mansion
  • Old Jail (site of the Mollie Maguire hangings in Carbon County)
  • Mauch Chunk Lake Park
  • Carbon County Environmental Education Center
  • Bus Tour of Jim Thorpe area

The story of Mauch Chunk is brought to life by video, images, artifacts, and four working models:

  • A water filled, working model of Josiah White’s Bear Trap Lock, a collapsible water powered lock which permitted trains of coal arks to travel down the Lehigh River.

  • standard lock on the Lehigh Canal

  • An operable miter lock and drop gate lock on the Lehigh Canal.

  • A 30 ft replica of Mauch Chunk’s famous Switchback Gravity Railroad which progressed from a coal carrier to a passenger carrier of such magnitude that Mauch Chunk, “The Switzerland of America,” became second to Niagara Falls as a 19th century tourist destination.

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2420 Brunswick Ave, Lawrence Township, NJ, United States 39.24 mi

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Colonial Bowling and Indoor Entertainment Center is the premier complex in New Jersey for Groups. We can accommodate School Groups, Camp Groups or Scout Groups of All ages. At our New Jersey complex we offer Laser Tag arena which is child and teen-friendly multi-tier/multi-dimensional,  24 black-lit luxury bowling lanes, an amusement and redemption arcade, a mini-bowling center for kids, , and a 4-lane private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite, it’s a family entertainment experience with endless variety.

Colonial Bowling lets your students, campers and Scouts can relax on large plush sofas while they bowl with glow-in-the-dark black lights and soft overhead lighting for a fun, relaxing mood. The addition of lane-side food and beverage service allows guests to grab a bite without missing a moment of fun. And we can’t forget to mention the strategically placed 30+ flat-screen TVs. No matter where you are in the complex, you’re never far from the big game. Best of all, our cutting-edge AV sound and motion systems are broadcast onto the latest 250-square-foot JumboTron projection/TV screens (the largest in New Jersey)—which reside at the end of each lane.

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All Ages and Grades

Colonial Bowling & Entertainment can host any event. We welcome all groups including School groups, Camp Groups and Scout Groups for a unforgettable day at our indoor entertainment complex in New jersey.  We offer activities that will keep your Students, Campers or Scouts busy with FUN!  Some of the activities and packages we offer are:

  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling 
  • Redemption Arcade
  • Mini Bowling

Our VIP Bowling Suite is wired with state-of-the-art AV equipment and large projection screens for slideshows or presentations. It is a perfect place to host your School prom, Project Graduation, Scout meeting or any Camp Events. A full catering menu is available for your party or event, and our experienced event planners will work closely with you to ensure your event’s success. For larger groups, exclusive use of the entire facility (38,000 sq ft) is also available.

Entertainment Options Available for Groups

Camp Groups – Scout Groups 

Bowling

Colonial Bowling Entertainment Complex offers a completely renovated 24 bowling lanes and a private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite with 4 lanes. There are comfortable new couches, lane-side food and beverage service, black lighting, glowing lanes/balls/shoes, and state-of-the-art, 250-square-foot JumboTron video/TV units at the end of each lane. No matter what your budget, bowling is one of the best entertainment values on the planet.

Laser Tag

Mission Elite is a new and exciting Laser Tag entertainment experience designed for you: kids, teens, parents, families, Camp groups, scouts, school groups, and organizations, experienced or novice. Your objective is to deactivate the opposing players and their bases with use of your phaser, while a sophisticated computer program tallies your individual and team scores. Each player in the game of Laser Tag  is provided with a phaser and computerized vest after being thoroughly instructed on the rules, mission and strategies of the game in the briefing room. At the end of your Laser Tag mission, you’ll head back to the armory to suit down and analyze your personal mission results. Maybe you have reached Lieutenant or Captain, or maybe even earned the Medallion of the Elite, the highest of all honors.

Arcade and Redemption

For those of you tired of Laser Tag or Bowling, the Colonial Arcade is filled with over 80 games, including Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Skeeball, basketball and a whole lot more.  Whether you’re here to work out, become a rock star or just win big, Colonial is the perfect place to hang out for your School group, Camp Group or Scout Group. Once you’re done playing games, take your ticket winnings to our prize area to claim your reward for a day of fun. Kids love choosing their prizes, and our redemption center won’t disappoint. The Colonial prize counters are the best in the area, with the hottest rewards and gizmos for kids and adults. The Colonial Arcade is the perfect addition to your traditional bowling party or laser tag party. List of Games we offer:

  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Guitar Hero
  • Skeeball
  • Lost World
  • Hoop Fever
  • Pirates Revenge
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Putt Championship
  • Fast Track
  • And many, many more!

Mini Bowling

Mini “Rollerball” Bowling is an exciting, age-appropriate experience is geared toward the younger crowd, but can accommodate any age bowler. One of the premier for young kids in New Jersey. Kids will enjoy smaller, colorful lightweight balls, glowing lanes, stunning overhead LCD monitors, and a fully functioning scoring system, just like the big lanes. No special shoes are needed, and user-friendly mini-consoles will have you bowling faster and with no hassle. The lanes also have automatic bumpers which pop up at the touch of a button, alleviating the disappointing and annoying gutterballs that kids dread.

Fundraising

Colonial Bowling Indoor Entertainment center is the perfect place to host your school, scout or organization fundraising event. Let us customize a package to fit your group’s needs! We make it easy by offering a variety of packages to suit your specific fundraiser. 15% of all sign-up package sales generated from participating friends and family will be donated back to your organization. For more information, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator at 609-882-7700.

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States 40.72 mi

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Tours

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Groups with advance reservation can visit GFS for a modest fee. In addition, guided tours can be arranged for groups of 50 students or less at no additional charge.

Special events are a part of the calendar at Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, including live music during the summer months in the outdoor section of the property. There are also guided tours of the art available periodically, so be sure to ask the staff of Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey what special events or tours are offered during your visit.

In addition to events for you to watch and listen to, you can participate in the creativity that makes Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton such an excellent place. Art workshops are offered to beginners of all ages. Sometimes children can learn aspects of sculpting during a kids’ workshop, and the next workshop offered will be exclusively for adults who want to learn to sculpt.

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture can learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs, including:

  • Hands-on art-making workshops for adults and children;
  • Artist residencies and demonstrations;
  • Lectures from artists and experts
  • Tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers and touch tours for the visually challenged.

Work on an activity together! Sculpture Search in the Park activity sheets are available in the Visitor’s Center.  These activity sheets will help guide you through an educational journey in the park while learning about sculpture.  Family Exhibition Guides change seasonally and are available for pickup at all information desks. These activity sheets relate specifically to the rotating exhibitions in our indoor galleries.

Summer Camp & Scout Groups or educational groups with advance reservations receive a greatly reduced park admission fee Tuesday-Friday.

The park also offers several day-long events during the year which feature activities for every member of the family. For more information, please visit our tours page or contact the Tour Coordinator at yfranklin@groundsforsculpture.org

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States 40.96 mi

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Day Camp Opportunities

Summer camp groups are encouraged to spend the day outdoors learning and exploring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Students are introduced to birds and raptors with an up-close look at one of our educational birds while learning about their unique adaptations.  Each child is then given the opportunity to borrow binoculars for the day before departing on a guided hike.  Program content and length of hike varies depending on the age and abilities of the students.   Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 40.

Cost– $15 per child. Adult chaperones and camp counselors admitted free

Length– 3-4 hours

Availability– Weekdays June – August


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Scouts

Visiting with a Scout Troop

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an affordable and nearby destination for visiting with your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.  Whether you plan to explore the Sanctuary on your own or register for a guided field-trip, you will find lots of great ideas to help your scout troop earn merit badges, belt loops and pins.

Download our complete Scout Brochure:Scout Brochure

Tips for visiting and exploring the Sanctuary on your own:
• Register your group in advance and you may qualify for a 20% discount on trail fees (minimum group size is 10).
• Visiting on an autumn or spring weekend?  Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of weekend programs, all are included free with your trail fee.
• Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours at the Sanctuary, this will allow you enough time to hike the trails, explore the Native Plant Garden and check out the exhibits in the Visitor Center.
• Each scout should bring a daypack with binoculars, water and lunch.  Sunscreen, insect repellant and a soft cushion to sit on are optional.  Sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers are also recommended.

Looking for a more formal program for your scouts?  We now offer 2 fully guided field-trips aimed exclusively for scout groups.  We will help you work towards completing the necessary requirements for the following badges (badges NOT included):

Bird Study Badge-Scouts are introduced to birding, raptors, migration and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Groups will get an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors and learn about their unique adaptations.  Scouts will be allowed to borrow binoculars for the day and provided with proper instruction and plenty of practice.  Scouts are then led on a guided hike along the River of Rocks trail, binoculars in hand to look and listen for birds in the forest and learn which species are native to Pennsylvania.

Nature Badge-Scouts are introduced to Appalachian forests and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with an emphasis on the species, habitats and food chains found here.  Each scout will complete their own raptor food chain activity and then depart on a guided hike through the forest to an Ice-age boulder field.  Here scouts will learn about the unique geology of the area while looking for birds, animals and other signs of wildlife.
Cost-$25 per scout.  1 adult admitted free per child. Trail fee applies for additional adults and non-scouts.

Length-3-4 hours

Availability-Weekdays or weekends in spring and summer pending Educator availability.  Contact the Education Department to schedule your program.

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Self-Guided Groups

You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.

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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States 41.71 mi

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Our Education Programs: An Overview

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Educational Field Trips & Programs

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is now in its 15th year of providing inservice programs for teachers of grades 3 – 12. Our educational opportunities include both on-site and off-site teacher workshops, classroom visitations, videoconferences, and educational field trips on topics in science, history, technology, math, and social studies. We provide a full range of on-site opportunities for teachers who wish to bring their classes to us.  In addition, we offer on-site seminars and field training for college and university students, summer institutes with geologists in specialized fields, and cooperative educational events with other organizations.

Museum and Mineralogy Experts

The education director at Sterling Hill, Dr. Earl R. Verbeek, is a research geologist who oversees and implements the museum’s program of geoscience content instruction. Educators on our staff have career experience in geology, mineralogy, hydrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, environmental geology, land-use planning,
resource extraction and land remediation, and historical preservation.

Educational Facilities

Educational field trips and functions at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum take place not in a classroom, but in the buildings and on the grounds of a well-preserved industrial complex and unique geological site.  The entire site is a dynamic interactive classroom that is utilized not only by science teachers, but also by numerous colleges and universities that bring their students to this world-famous locality for direct field experiences unobtainable elsewhere.

How to Participate in Field Trips & Programs

For more information on our education offerings, see the relevant sections of this website: On-site WorkshopsOff-site Contract TrainingClassroom VisitsField Trips, and College-level Instruction.

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To request additional information or to discuss customization of our offerings to better suit your needs, contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at everbeek@ptd.net or by phone at 973-209-7212.

To sign up for a scheduled event, or to receive e-mail notices of upcoming events, contact Jason Winkler at SHMM.Registrar@gmail.com.

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Scouts

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is proud to assist Cub and Boy Scouts wishing to obtain their Belt Loops and Merit Badges as well as Girl scouts of all ages who may want to make the museum part of their Journey and develop their interest in Geology, Mining, or Astronomy.

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Webelos

For the Webelos we can offer assistance in obtaining the Geology requirements for #1, 2 and 8 for the Geologist Badge.

Cub Scouts Astronomy Pin

Cub Scouts

For the Cub Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the requirements for the Belt Loop for Geology. And, for the Academics Pin for Geology we can offer assistance with # 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12 and 13.

Cub Scout Geology pin

For the Cub Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the requirements for the Belt Loop for Astronomy. And, for the Academics Pin for Astronomy we can offer assistance with # 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

Boy Scouts Geology Badge

Boy Scouts

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the Geology Merit Badge by fulfilling the following requirements from the Geology Merit Badge requirements sheet 1, 2, 4, 5a1, 5b1 through 5b3, 5C1 through 5c4, and 5d2 through 5d4.

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the Astronomy Merit Badge by fulfilling the following requirements from the Astronomy Merit Badge requirements sheet 1b, 2, 3abd, 4ab, 5acd, 7ac, 8-1abcd, 8-2,3,5.

Boy Scouts Citizens in the Nation Badge which can be earned at sterling hill mine

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining part of the Citizenship in the Nation badge by fulfilling the following requirement from the Merit Badge requirements sheet which states “Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.” The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is listed as a National Historic Site.

Scouts at the Sterling Hill's Ellis Observatory

Eagle Scout

Eagle Scouts

If you are an Eagle Scout seeking a great place to do your project, look no further! There are many smaller projects that can be done at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

For more information contact Bill Kroth at (201) 933- 3029 or e-mail: shastrogroup@aol.com.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts

For the Girl Scouts of all ages the Museum is an amazing place to visit to see how the fields of GeologyAstronomy and even Mining have had a significant impact on the world we live in and the impact these fields have toward the planet in all areas including past, present and future.

Boy Scout PowWow boy scouts at rock discovery center at sterling hill mining museum

Badge designs are property of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. Sterling Hill Mining Museum does not make claims to these designs and provides them as visual reference only. Questions regarding badge designs and usage should be directed to a local scouting representative.

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States 47.87 mi

The Clay Pot is a unique pottery studio where Imagination and Creativity Come Together. We are a friendly, fun, and fully functional pottery studio offering classes and hosting of group events and parties. We welcome painting walk-ins, children and families, serious students, or just people who want to dive into the imaginative world of clay creation.

The Clay Pot is the dream of potter Martin Talavera and is a family run studio located in Spotswood, New Jersey. Our doors opened in 2008 and since that first day the studio has grown with the support of staff, students, and the local community. Our studio gift shop features finished pieces by Martin Talavera and resident artists. We also offer gift certificates for classes and lessons—a perfect birthday or holiday gift for all those budding artists out there. We do not currently offer phone or internet bookings.

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Groups and Field Trips

Outings at The Clay Pot are a fun way for groups, friends, or co-workers to share creative experiences and to learn about the art of pottery. Scout troops, summer camps, and schools can have their groups come and paint. Friends or co-workers can get together for a relaxing evening of creativity. There are hundreds of items available to paint—plates, mugs, plaques, figurines, and more!

Field trips last an hour.

Group outings are available Monday thru Friday during our studio hours.

Prices vary depending on the size of the groups and items chosen to paint. You pick the price and we offer ideas to fit your budget, such as plates, bowls, small vases, cups/mugs, and more. Reserve a date today! A non-refundable $25  registration fee is required. No internet or telephone bookings. A live wheel demonstration may be added for $25.00.

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Painting Craft Ideas

  • Wedding Favors: Get together to paint gifts for your wedding, picture frames, plaques, vases…
  • Showers: Bridal or baby, celebrate your shower with us and paint a unique keepsake items, figurines, picture frames, vases, bowls…
  • Holidays: Celebrate the holidays by painting unique items such as ornaments, jack-o-lanterns, plaques, bowls, mugs…
  • Personalized Gifts for family or friends: vases, plaques, figurines…
  • Just Because: You don’t have to have a theme or reason to get together—any unfinished piece displayed in our studio can become a personalized keepsake!

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373D U.S. 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, United States 49.72 mi

New Jersey Rock Gym

Here’s a question we get all the time: Are there any indoor Rock wall climbing places in New Jersey? The answer is yes! The New Jersey Rock Gym in West Fairfield NJ is an awesome rock gym, if we’ve ever seen one! New Jersey Rock Gym is recognized as the area’s premier indoor climbing center, featuring state of the art climbing equipment. The gym offers the opportunity for climbers of all abilities to challenge and enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment. Our facilities include:

  • Over 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain
  • 4,000 square feet of dedicated bouldering
  • 41 top rope stations
  • Giant lead roof with room for up to five climbers at one time
  • The largest free standing Boulder Island in New Jersey with challenging features, rappelling tower, and observation deck
  • Bouldering Tunnel will follow-along ramp permits a climber to ascent up to 25′ without a rope
  • Private refreshment room
  • Climbers lounge with WiFi
  • Pro Shop

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For Summer Camps, Programs and Groups over 20 participants

The following discount packages are designed for groups of over 20 participants, ages 6 and up. Participants will have the opportunity to experience indoor rock climbing and bouldering in a fun and safe environment supervised by our highly trained staff. The gym can accommodate groups as early as 10:00am on weekdays. Rates effective for booking between July 1 through August 31, 2013.

Rate Options:

  • 2 hours ($18.00 per participant)
  • 2.5 hours ($20.00 per participant)
  • 3 hours ($22.00 per participant)

Rock Climbing Group Events

School field trips, church groups, corporate events, singles groups, whatever your group or outing, New Jersey Rock Gym has the staff and the facility to make it exciting and highly memorable.

Prices are valid for groups with reservations and deposits; 10 person minimum for discount rates.

Rate Options:

  • 1 1/2 hours ($20 per participant)
  • 2 hours ($24 per participant)

Highly discounted rates for groups that supply their own belayers or groups of 20 or more in the summer months.

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Bring your group to the New Jersey Rock Gym for the most exciting climbing experience around. Our programs are supervised by our highly trained staff and are entirely safe.

Climb On Safely

For Leaders of Boy Scouts

  • 40 minute program conducted at your location or the New Jersey Rock Gym.
  • Program is designed to help adult leaders organize a climbing and rappelling   program for their unit.
  • $25 fee for program conducted at your location or complimentary if using our   location.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

For cub scouts, boy scouts, venturing, brownies, juniors, ambassadors, juliettes and seniors; 10 scout minimum

Rate Options:

1 1/2 hours ($18 per participant)

2 hours ($22 per participant)

3 hours ($30 per participant)

This package includes:

  • 1.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, safety rules, top rope climbing and bouldering in a fun and safe environment

Merit Badge Program – for boy scouts ages 13 and up

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • Our 6 hour course is completed in 3 sessions.
  • Certified Merit Badge Counselors on staff who teach the course and will sign off   on the merit badge card.
  • Will allow scouts to safely learn all the essential elements of climbing as   described in the B.S.A. Handbook
  • All necessary equipment

Ranger Award-Mountaineering

For Venturing Crews

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • Our 6 hour course is completed in 3 sessions and covers all the requirements in   the official Venturing Handbook
  • All necessary equipment

Lock-in Program/Overnight

For all scouts

Cost: $28 per scout; 20 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 4.5 hrs climbing program and will learn climbing commands, safety rules, top rope climbing, bouldering, and rappelling
  • Supply you own belayers and chaperones
  • Available on Saturday evenings only

Belay Certification Class for Scout Leaders

This program includes:

  • 2 hour program (one visit) includes belay technique, knot tying, top roping, safety   rules and verbal commands class will prepare you to belay for your troop for the Lock-in program or utilize our   highly discounted rates for reserved open climbing
  • $35 per leader, minimum of 3 for a privately scheduled class or you can join one   of our six weekly belay certification classes

Adventure Sports Badge – for Juniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 2.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, climbing stretches, climbing knots, climbing equipment usage, top rope climbing, bouldering, and traversing,
  • Scouts will receive materials to compile a scrapbook.

High Adventure Interest Patch – for Ambassadors, Juliettes and Seniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 2.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, climbing stretches, climbing knots, climbing equipment usage, top rope climbing, bouldering, traversing, and rappelling

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 50.12 mi

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Programs

The Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art relates, through interpretation, the Museum’s collections and its commitment to their preservation, study and display, to the needs and interests of a diverse audience. The department has developed nationally and internationally recognized programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special audiences alike.

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7580 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Arranging Your Visit  ●  Before, During & After Activities  ●  Online Visit Request

Tours & Programs

Learn the about the many ways to connect art and the classroom with a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed especially for teachers.

Tours of Exhibitions

Group tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

Wachovia Education Resource Center

Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, this center will house materials to help make cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogs to teaching materials prepared by the Museum’s Education staff.

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