Green Activities

Green Activities

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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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Summer Camp & Scout Groups 

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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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States

The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit 501 c3 educational organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and carrying forward New Hampshire’s rural and agricultural heritage. The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were passed down in the same families for two centuries. The Museum operates a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for our Community Supported Agriculture Program and for sale in our Country store. We raise hens for eggs and keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational efforts. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones farmhouse as well as farm animal tours. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.

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Planning Your Group Visit

School, homeschools, scouting or camp groups are all welcome at the New Hampshire Farm Museum We need a minimum of 10 children or $60. to run a program. The museum accepts school and youth group visits from May 1st through December. Visits can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm depending on the program.

To Schedule Your Visit : Please call 603-652-7840 or email: info@farmmuseum.org.

We recommend one chaperon per ten students. Chaperons or home school parents are charged at half the student rate. There is no charge for teachers, group leaders, counselors or bus drivers or children ages 3 and under. In good weather students can pack a lunch to eat in our picnic area. We have an outdoor handicapped accessible restroom/port-a-potty. We can show students historic games like hoop rolling and graces for all to play with during lunch. We welcome students to shop in our Country Store if permitted during lunch break. The store contains many inexpensive items, educational toys, juice and soda, penny candy and farm grown produce and eggs.

School and Youth Programs at the NH Farm Museum

The New Hampshire Farm Museum provides a wonderful, hands-on opportunity for your students to explore New Hampshire’s agricultural heritage and see where farming and technology intersect with New Hampshire history.  Students who visit the museum have the opportunity to tour a working organic farm and learn about agricultural practices such as the “three sisters”, a method of co-planting corn, beans, and squash that the European settlers learned from the Native Americans. In addition to being a working farm, the museum is home to a vast collection of historic agricultural implements and artifacts of rural life including Daniel Webster’s plow and Horace Greeley’s privy and two historic farmhouses. No visit is complete without a chance to interact with the heritage breed farm animals!

Any of the following educational programs offered by the museum can be easily adapted to fit your curriculum and meet your class’s specific needs.

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work 

Program recommended for grades k-3. Offered May-mid-November. Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum, Approx. 3 hours

In this hands-on program based on NH poet Donald Hall’s story, The Ox-Cart Man, children explore the way families lived and worked in the past throughout rural New England. The students tour the 18th-century farmhouse cape and learn about the roles of each member of the household and how each was needed to make the family’s living. In gathering farm products to bring to market, they learn about the artifacts and objects of daily life in Colonial times. On their hunt through the barn they search for many of the farm objects depicted in the story and learn about barter and trade. Students make butter, meet our sheep, chickens, turkeys and pig, work with wool, try a planting or harvesting activity and help pack the ox-cart for the trip to Portsmouth.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: Rural Life & Technological/Agricultural Evolution 

Program recommended for students grades 3-8. Offered May-mid-November Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum. Approx. 3 hours

The Jones Farmstead consists of a set of connected farm buildings referred to in an old children’s rhyme as, “Big House, little house, back house, barn.” Each piece of this connected farm structure tells a different story about New Hampshire history from Colonial times to the Twentieth century. In this hands-on program students learn about rural life and technological and agricultural change in New England as they tour the historic farmhouse, hunt for artifacts in the barn, and participate in farm chores. Students will view “Hands to Work,” a short film which uses oral histories and historic photographs of New Hampshire farming. They will try farm chores like grinding corn, carrying water with a yoke, and doing the wash. They will visit the farm animals and make butter. This program can be used supplement lessons on the transition from farms to factories as part of economic evolution or adapted to fit a range of other learning goals.

Hands to Work Program for Pre-schoolers

Program recommended for children ages 3-5 yrs. Offered May through mid-November. Cost: $5 per child. 10 student minimum- maximum: 25. Approx. 2 hours.

Children will learn all about the work on the farm and how the children helped in this completely hands-on program for pre-schoolers. They will grind the corn to feed the chickens, do the wash with washtub and wringer, pump the water at the well, feel the wool from the sheep, churn the cream to make butter, plant a seed or harvest the vegetables depending on the season and explore the Big Yellow Barn to hunt for fun things related to the farm.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm 

Program recommended for children grades K – 5. Offered November 1st through November 20th. Cost: $7 per child 10 student minimum- maximum 45. Approx. 2 ½ hours.

New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving as it was our own Sarah Josepha Hale who persuaded President Lincoln in 1863 to declare it a National Holiday. Students will enjoy a tour through the historic farmhouse with costumed roleplayers portraying the Civil War Era. Then they will learn to grind and pound flint corn to make our cornbread and to churn cream into butter for our bread and press apples to make cider for us to drink. We will also explore the 104 ft. long great barn on a special barn hunt and visit with our heritage breed turkeys and other farm animals.

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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, United States

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop.

Your History Lives Here

The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Our ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.

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We invite you to engage with our stories and make history yourself.

Group Field Trips: Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum proudly presents fun-filled, content-rich experiences for students from pre-K to grade 12. Our free field trips align with state and national learning standards.

Book a field trip to visit our original exhibitions. Utilize an audio tour written and performed by local teenagers. Prepare for or follow up on your visit with Great Chicago Stories and our other online resources.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Chicago History Museum.

Your Field Trip Experience

What will my students do? What will my students see?

There’s a lot to do, see, and learn at the Chicago History Museum!

During field trips, teachers and chaperones lead their groups on self-guided experiences through the Museum’s exhibitions. We encourage groups to explore our galleries at their own pace and stop at student-friendly activities along the way.

See it. Hear it.  Walk it. Ride it.

Whatever method suites your group best, We have great tours that will bring you closer to Chicago and its fascinating stories.

Tours are available for groups of adults ages 18 and up.

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Engaging Exhibitions for Youth Groups 

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Learn more about this exhibition

Location: Exelon Wing

Exhibition: Chicago: Crossroads of America

Explore Chicago’s changing economy, challenging crises, diverse neighborhoods, groundbreaking innovations, and lively cultural scene in six galleries.


Learn more about this exhibition

Location: KPMG and Paul and Katherine Snyder Community Gallery

Exhibition: Vivian Maiers Chicago

Through summer 2013

Come witness the life work of a nanny turned photographer that wowed the world with breathtaking images of everyday life in Urban America. Discover Chicago faces and neighborhoods of the 1950s and 1960s from an entirely new vantage point.


Slideshow

View a selection of Vivian Maier’s photographs on Flickr

Learn more about this exhibition

Location: Skyline Gallery

Exhibition: Magic

Through January 6, 2013

Discover Chicago’s place in American magic. Settle down in the object theater and meet Greta, a little girl who visits a wonderful store hoping to learn a magician’s secrets. Next door, explore a collection of magical artifacts and activities for young magicians that will inspired amazement and delight.


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Sensing Chicago

Located in: Konen Family Children’s Gallery

Exhibition: Sensing Chicago

  • Ride a high-wheel bicycle.
  • Hear the Great Chicago Fire.
  • Catch a fly ball at Old Comiskey Park.
  • Smell the city’s past.
  • Be a Chicago-style hot dog.

Did you know that history is beautiful, noisy, rough, stinky, and delicious? In this gallery, students can use their five senses to:

Recommended for grades 3 and 4. Due to the popularity of this gallery, special reservations for a 30 minute time slot are required. Please indicate your interest on the field trip reservation form.


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Imaging Chicago: The Diorama

Location: Taiwani Foundation Diorama Hall

Exhibition: Imagining Chicago: The Diorama

Visit our beloved dioramas to experience the first 100 years of Chicago’s history. Hands-on activities challenge students to look closely at the scenes, find specific details, and put history into a larger context.


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Learn more about this exhibition

Location: Sanger P. Robinson Gallery 

Exhibition: Lincoln’s Chicago 

Catch a glimpse of the city Lincoln knew through portraits of his contemporaries and lithographic view of 1860s Chicago.


Abraham Lincoln

This exhibition highlights Lincoln’s election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil War, and his tragic assassination in a series of dramatic windows and audio narration.


Learn more about this exhibition

Location: Kovler Family Lobby

Exhibition: Unexpected Chicago

Through January 6, 2013

What’s the most surprising thing about a collection made up of millions of artifacts? A single artifact! This world-class collection holds the second largest costume collection in the world including clothing and accessories as well as thousands of linear feet of archives and manuscripts that make up the equivalent of forty-nine football fields or twelve Willis Towers. Unexpected Chicago is a way to reveal unexpected treasures of Chicago history a single artifact at a time.


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Located in: Benjamin Green-Field Gallery

Exhibition: Shalom Chicago

Opens October 21st. 2012

Explore the Jewish community’s rich history and contributions to the city’s growth and development, through personal stories, rare artifacts, and engaging multimedia presentations.


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Exhibition: Treasures

This series of installations promotes exploration throughout the Museum!

  • Imagine riding low and slow in our custom-made, tricked-out 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  • Learn about Abraham Lincoln and see his deathbed.
  • Play Street Smarts, a game that challenges students to match events with the intersections where they took place.

Location: Skyline Gallery, Bessie Green-Field Warshawsky Gallery, and Mazza Foundation Gallery

Exhibition: Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Opens March 16, 2013

Relive the experience of the Ebony Fashion Fair in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Explore its fifty-year history, and discover how Eunice Johnson overcame adversity to bring high couture fashion to African American communities, while raising millions of dollars for charities along the way. More than sixty garments, including works by Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Stephen Burrows, Yves Saint Laurent, and Patrick Kelly, help tell the story of this world-renowned fashion show and its redefinition of American beauty.

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

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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1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT, United States

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world.  Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

 Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.

Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …

CURRENT EXHIBITS AVAILABLE HERE

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We have prepared a wondrous array of curriculum guides to help teachers and parents create activities within the Museum and beyond its walls. Our aim is to inspire curiosity and self-directed learning, so that children become life-long naturalists, always interested in the world around them.

The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.

Contact us to plan your visit to the Museum.

For Educators:

The Museum’s Education team is ready to work with you and your school to help your students engage in active learning that excites them. Our curriculum guides are designed to meet VT State Standards.

The Museum is a fabulous and memorable destination for field trips! Let us help you plan this excursion.

Your class or group can come to the Museum for a field trip or for repeated learning experiences. Fees include 1 FREE chaperone for every 5 students.Choose from the following program options:

  • $5/student for a gallery tour
  • $8/student for 1 program
  • $10/student for 2 programs
  • Minimum rates apply for groups with fewer than 10 students.

Click here to plan your visit to the Museum.

Solar Slumber

It is easy to take the Sun for granted.  After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way.  Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun.  It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun.  While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.

Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface.  Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.

NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3

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BOING!

Does sound cause movement?

Does movement make sound?

How does sound travel through the air?

Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds.  Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations.  Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.

NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4

Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!

Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.

NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4

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Have a Ball!

What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.

Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!

 

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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!

Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.

Planetarium Topics

  • Our Solar System
  • American Indian Star Stories
  • Tonight’s Skies
  • The Moon
  • Mythology and the Stars

Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium


Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!

Introduction to Weather Instruments

What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3


Weather Center and Instrument Shelter

The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.


 

Weatherlore

Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.


 

How Do We Make a Forecast?

A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.


Weather a la Carte!

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Moisture

These lessons could be presented one of two ways:

  • A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
  • A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.

Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.

Plan your Weather Program visit.

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105 Haverhill Road, Salem, NH, United States

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).

Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year. America’s Stonehenge is a fun and educational place for groups and we offer a number of different things available as part of a Field Trip. 

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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SUMMER CAMPS – HOMESCHOOL GROUPS – SCOUTS

We are happy to offer discounted admission to scouts, homeschool groups, and summer camps. Upon arrival we have students watch a ten-minute informational video to give them a brief history of the site. Chaperones will be given comprehensive tour guide maps to explain the features of the site.

A picnic area is available for lunches. We suggest bringing a bagged lunch as our snack bar consists mainly of candy, trail mix, water, and soda. Please plan on 2-3 hours to fit in all activities.

Hands-On Kid’s Dig

Starting mid-June through Labor Day our Kid’s Gemstone Dig is open daily to small groups and regular visitors. This activity allows students a hands-on approach to archaeology. In the Kid’s Dig, they will find a variety of artifacts including pottery, shells, charcoal, and polished stones. Students are allowed to take three polished stones home with them. The Kid’s Dig is included with admission to the site.

Alpacas

The alpacas are here year-round for your enjoyment. These friendly animals love to greet our visitors.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS.

Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more paid admissions. Payment must be made in one lump-sum by cash, business check, or credit card. We cannot accept personal checks. If you arrive with less than the minimum required for a group discount, you will be charged the appropriate rate. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other discount, offer, or coupon.

2013 RegularAdmission Rates:

Adults (age 13+): $11.00

Seniors (age 65+): $9.50

Kindergarten thru age 12: $7.50

Age 0 thru pre-school: $3.50

The group rate is $2.00 off the regular adult and senior admission rates, and $1.50 off the regular child admission rate (K – age 12). There is no discount for Pre-school or younger.

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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Camp and Community Youth Groups

The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through June 26, 2014. Requests for summer 2014 will begin the second week of April.

The Met welcomes all camp and community youth groups and invites you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum staff or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own group through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all camp and community youth groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with camp and community youth groups visiting New York City must contact the Group Services office at 212-570-3711 or mettours@metmuseum.org to request appointments. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum staff offer extraordinary opportunities for children to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Our educators engage students in learner-centered, inquiry-based conversations that foster curriculum connections and encourage important learning skills such as evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Guided visits also inspire children to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten children and no more than fifty children, with one chaperone required for every ten children. Larger groups will be divided into smaller ones in order to offer more individual attention to children in the galleries. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in camp and community youth group guided visits.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for guided visits:

  • Children: $4 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $4 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits for camp and community youth groups are conducted Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. when school is in session, and from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. during school breaks. School breaks include Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 17–21 (Midwinter Recess), April 14–22 (Spring Recess), May 26 (Memorial Day), and June 5 (Chancellor’s Conference Day).

Guided Visit Topics
These thematic topics introduce students to a range of art from different cultures. All materials are provided by the Museum.

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.
  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Stories and Legends
    It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.
  • Symbols and Secrets
    Work together to unravel hidden messages and find unexpected surprises in great works of art from around the globe.

Request a visit appointment.


Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided visit offers camp and community youth group leaders the opportunity to lead their own groups on independent explorations of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. We encourage group leaders to familiarize themselves with the Met before bringing groups to the Museum (see our Frequently Asked Questions page). Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for self-guided visits:

  • Children: $3 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $3 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Collection Areas
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your group.

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247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, United States

The Lutz Children’s Museum was established to foster imagination, arouse curiosity, and promote museums as resources for life long learning. We strive to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural science through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children ages two through twelve.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

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Visiting the museum is a fun and educational field trip! Come explore our newest exhibit Connecticut Forests, stroll around 1940’s Main Street Manchester, experience 19th Century Manchester Farm Life, or visit some of the wild and domestic animals housed in our Animal Room. Book your group visit in advance and chaperones will be admitted free with groups of ten or more children. One of our museum educators will present an informative forty-five minute educational program of your choice for a fee of $8 per child, which includes museum admission for the day. A self-guided visit without a program is also available for $5 per child. Our programs book quickly. Please book in advance for the best availability.

Science Programs

Boogie Bones
Bring your students to the museum for some scary skeletal fun. Learn about the bones in our bodies, including what they are made of, how they work, and what happens when they break. Compare human bones to other animal bones and see whether we can find any similarities or differences.
Recommended Grades: K-5

Lots of Legs
Animals can get around in many different ways, some with very many legs! In this program, students will learn about animals that have 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 legs. How can we use the number of legs to classify different animals into groups? We will find out and meet some examples from our collection.
Recommended Grades: K-2

Terrific Trees
Trees have a variety of uses for both humans and animals. Students will learn about the different parts of a tree, how to count tree rings, and how to identify some common Connecticut trees by their seeds or leaves. This program includes a short outdoor component, so students should dress appropriately for the weather.
Recommended Grades: 1-4

Humanities Programs

Wildlife Artists
From Rousseau’s fierce jungles to Audubon’s scientific sketches, many artists over the centuries have been inspired by animals. Now is your chance to join their ranks and create some animal artwork of your own! Students will learn about some famous wildlife artists and have the opportunity to observe and sketch a variety of animals that call the Lutz Children’s Museum their home.
Recommended Grades: K-4

Programs Back By Popular Demand

  • Animals of the Night
  • Nutrition
  • Animal Protection
  • Junior Zookeepers
  • Fur, Feathers and Scales
  • Talking Bugs
  • Endangered Species

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3356 A South Church Street, Burlington, NC, United States

Thanks for visiting us! We specialize in FUN for all ages!! If you are looking for a different kind of fun that requires skill, strategy, and accuracy then you need to come to the “X”. Lazer X – The Family Zone, where you can play space age Laser Tag with brand new state of the art laser tag equipment in 2012. Test your speed and skill in our brand new “Mission Impossible” like Laser Maze which is also new in 2012.

Experience lazer tag and lazer maze in our futuristic arena with cosmic black lighting and glow in the dark maze, fog machine and heart pounding music. We welcome family and friends to “walk in” or call ahead to reserve a time. We also take reservations for larger groups including birthday parties, sports teams (pre and post season events), church groups, school events, fund raisers, corporate “team building” events and much more… Call us to discuss your needs and make your reservations today

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups All Ages and Grades

Science Field Trip

Lazer X is now offering a turn key science field trip package, that is educational, fun and really simple to organize.

“You book it and we do the rest”

Science Field  Trip package includes 5 stations:

  1. Technology station (teams participate in a high tech presentation with show n tell of actual lazer tag equipment)
  2. Lazer tag station (teams play an exciting lazer tag game in a futuristic maze)
  3. Pizza station (teams re-energize with food and drinks)
  4. Arcade station (teams have fun and play their favorite arcade games)
  5. Quiz station (students compete to win lazer tag game discounts by taking a technology quiz and showing off what they have learned)

Call today to find out about pricing based on your group’s  size.

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67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, United States

Located on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Slater Mill is a museum complex dedicated to bringing the American Industrial Revolution to life.

Come and enjoy our tours, exhibits, collections of artifacts, gallery, research library, theatre, gift shop, and more. Slater Mill offers concerts, demonstrations, lectures, meeting spaces for rent, family programs, specialized tours, holiday programs and exhibits of fine crafts and artwork. Along with our on-site programs, we offer an extensive selection of curriculum-based programs for schools and entertaining presentations for social clubs and community groups.

Slater Mill tells the story of innovation, labor, artisans, women’s rights, cotton economy, immigration and assimilation, and industry. It is culturally, educationally and historically important for people of all ages and origins to be able to come, see, touch, learn and be inspired at Slater Mill.

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups Trips

Slater Mill is the birthplace of modern American industry. As part of their visit, students will be taken through three buildings:

In the Slater Mill, opened in 1793, students will see the original factory floor and machine layout as it was in Mr. Slater’s day. Interpreters will guide students through the history of the industrial revolution, periodically bringing the tour to life with various demonstrations of the still-working factory equipment.

In the Wilkinson Mill, opened in 1810, students will see the machine tool shop used to service Mr. Slater’s original mill. Students will see a working 16,000 pound water wheel in the shop’s wheel pit. Upstairs, our interpreters will explain how the factory transferred power from the Blackstone River into real working machines. Students will see massive gears moving overhead that power the still-functioning drills, lathes, and other machines.

In the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House students will see how a middle class artisan family would have lived in the late 18th century prior to the industrial revolution. Here, interpreters will demonstrate pre-industrial manufactures techniques so students can better understand the true meaning of the factory manufacturing methods they will see in the other buildings.

Students will also visit the nearby Visitor Center, which features a large floor map and a film that lend historical background and modern perspective to the students’ visit.

One travel guide describes their Slater Mill visit: “We were frankly startled by the completeness fo this exceptional visitor attraction…Interpreters have a remarkable amount to show you…There’s nothing quite like this.”

Mister Carl

Jencks Education Center at Slater Mill

Established in memory of Davis Jencks, The Jencks Education Center is Slater Mill’s major initiative to link knowledge of the past with the rich opportunities of modern Pawtucket. The Center hosts a variety of arts and handcraft workshops, educational programs, after school learning opportunities, and business and group events. In conjunction with the Center , the Slater Mill Gallery across Roosevelt Avenue in the Visitor Center exhibits the work of local and national artists and craftspeople. The adjoining gift shop serves as an outlet to purchase their work.

The Jencks Education Center is located on the physically accessible second floor of Slater Mill. The Board of Trustees has made a deliberate choice to honor the historic character of the interior of Slater Mill. With the exception of a bit of paint and floor repair, the Center maintains the building’s historic authenticity. Our architect, Luke Mandle, designed fixtures and furnishings that reflect an industrial feel as opposed to a colonial reproduction style that would confuse visitors and chip away at the true integrity of the mill space.

Education Center

Our Jencks Education Center

The Innovation Room is a gorgeous space with banks of windows overlooking the Blackstone River on three sides. This room serves up to 60 people and has been outfitted with conference/work tables using recycled textile machinery as bases. It is fully wired for technology. The room serves rental needs for retreats, corporate meetings, community programs, the Mill’s own interpretation programs with school children and as a space for workshops with regional and national craftspeople.

The Confluence Room is an extremely inviting library with large, comfortable seating and warm lighting. It also serves as a breakout space for meetings held in the Innovation Room.

Conference Room

Conference Room

The Artifact Access Space use an innovative collection storage method (currently being put into use at the RISD Museum and across the country) called “visible storage” to bring our vast collection to the public. We rotate exhibitions of tools, historical documents, textiles, printing items, early hand machines, and other items so that students, historians, artists and the public can study, read, draw and explore the fantastic collection that was once hidden away in a physically inaccessible third floor archive.

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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States

Welcome to Dinosaur State Park

The Connecticut Valley has a long history of fossil track discoveries. Outstanding specimens uncovered in 19th century brownstone quarries found their way into museums throughout the world. A new chapter in the history of such discoveries was written in 1966 when hundreds of tracks were exposed in Rocky Hill. This remarkable site became Dinosaur State Park.

Outdoor activities include walking trails that lead past 25 life-size concrete and steel dinosaurs. See the creatures that roamed the state up to 230 years ago on the Connecticut Trail; try out Monty’s Splashpad, a state of the art interactive water play. Inside, kids can continue their discoveries in the Bone Zone, where they can dig for faux fossils, dig for crystals, pan for gold and do not leave without shopping in the 10,000 square foot retail area.

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Summer Camp Groups All Ages and Grades

Grades 1-5 Fun with Fossils – Travel back in time to learn what Connecticut was like at the time of the dinosaurs, and what we can learn about dinosaurs from their footprints and other fossils. Students will examine a variety of fossils and dinosaur models to learn about what made dinosaurs unique. Core Science Standards 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3
Grades 3-5 Rocks & Minerals Around Us – The rocks and minerals around us tell a story of dramatic changes in Connecticut over hundreds of millions of years. We also use many of these materials in our lives today. Students will examine samples of rocks and minerals from around Connecticut, explore their distinctive properties, and discuss ways we use these materials. Core Science Standards 3.1, 3.3, 4.3
Grades 6-8 Connecticut Landforms  – The Connecticut landscape around us today was shaped over hundreds of millions of years by colliding continents, erupting lava, flowing water, and massive ice sheets. Students will learn how these forces interacted by examining the shape of the land surface and samples of bedrock from key locations around the state. Core Science Standard 7.3
Grades 9-12 Evolution – Find out how the dinosaur footprints in Connecticut relate to the larger story of evolution through time, beginning with Earth’s earliest lifeforms and leading to the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic. Choose from a timeline activity examining key evolutionary events, or a fossil-dating activity. Core Science Standard 10.5
Grades 9-12 Earth Systems – The dinosaur footprints and rocks found in Connecticut provide evidence for the cycling of matter and energy through the Earth system. Students will examine rock samples from Connecticut and piece together the exciting story of moving plates and changing environments that made Connecticut what it is today. Core Science Standards 9.1, 9.4, 9.5, 9.7, and 9.8
Also available at the Park:
  • Outdoor Casting Area – Make a plaster cast of a dinosaur footprint (seasonal -bring own material).
  • Mine for Gems and Fossils in our outdoor mining sluice (seasonal – additional fee applies)
  • Outdoor Picnic area
  • 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails
  • Bookstore – contact us for information about pre-purchased “Treasure Bags” for your group.

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Scout Troop Programs

Complete your Geologist Activity Pin at Dinosaur State Park!

Webelos Workshops are scheduled on specific Saturdays.

Contact the Park Office for future dates.

Check In: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Program: 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Webelos Workshop provides an opportunity for scouts to complete the requirements of the Geologist Pin in a unique geologic setting. The program will begin with a short introduction by the park geologist, followed by activities at three stations located in the Dinosaur State Park exhibit center. These stations will explore fossils, how mountains are formed, and common uses of rocks and minerals. Scouts will also view a film about volcanoes and hear a “Track Talk” about the dinosaur tracks and rocks found in the park. The park geologist will be available to answer questions throughout the program. Groups are encouraged to allow additional time to explore the exhibit center and nature trails on their own. The program will be held rain or shine.

Time: Doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m. The Program begins PROMPTLY at 9:15 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. The schedule includes time for either an optional live animal demonstration or free time in the exhibit center or at bookshop.

Costs: $7 per scout includes regular admission to exhibit center, a Dinosaur State Park patch, and the cost of materials for scheduled activities. Adults and children accompanying the scouts will be charged the regular museum admission fee ($6 for ages 13+, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under).

Registration: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly so mail your registration and payment as soon as possible. Space is limited to 60 scouts. Print out the registration form and the roster form to complete your registration. Go to Registration Form — Go to Scout Roster

Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 7 days in advance of the workshop. Please complete the form and return with payment to Dinosaur State Park, 400 West St. Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Checks should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut.

Changes and Cancellations: A refund will be issued for any changes or cancellations made at least 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued for changes or cancellations after this date.

Lunch: A half-hour lunch period is included in the program. Please bring your own lunch, since no food is available for sale at the park. There is a large outdoor picnic area; no indoor facilities are available for lunch. Workshop will be held rain or shine. You may choose to have lunch on your own time after 1 p.m., and use the lunch period as free time instead.

Other Activities: The park includes a picnic area, more than 2 miles of hiking trails, a track-casting area (May- October), and a mining sluice (weather dependent; for an additional fee). You may wish to allow additional time to enjoy these activities.

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195 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY, United States

Looking for a one-of-a-kind learning experience for your students? The globally rare Albany Pine Bush offers Summer Camps and Scouts a locally unique outdoor classroom where learning comes alive. Our programs also travel to schools, bringing the Pine Bush to your classroom. Check out our educational program page to learn more about group programs offered through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Discovery Center. Our programs meet NYS Learning Standards and are led by trained staff and volunteers. Call us at (518)456-0655 and press 1 to book your program today!

Marvel at this Spectacular Attraction!

This fascinating ecosystem is one of just 20 inland pine barren environments in the world. The Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities.

Dare to Discover the Extraordinary

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center introduces you to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. You can touch a snake skin, make a sand dune, plan a prescribed fire, learn how to help the environment and much more!

Exploration Station

Stop by our Exploration Station to explore “The World of Herps!” Our Summer Exploration Station will feature interactive stations on the unique biology and natural history of reptiles and amphibians native to the Pine Bush. Please call the Center before visiting for Exploration Station hours.

Get active and connected through nature

Take part in fascinating programs designed to inform and delight year-round. Join a First Friday Hike, take a walk to observe the flight displays of the American woodcock or solve mysteries along the trail in an all-natural C.S.I. (Critter Scene Investigation). These and other educational and recreational activities cost $3/person or $5/family.

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups All Ages

Do you want to get your class outside to experience a local and rare natural community?

If so, then a trip to Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the right choice for you. We have several programs to choose from and each program is led by a well trained and experienced guide. Our programs meet several NYS learning standards and are designed to promote hands-on, inquiry-based learning. We look forward to seeing you!

How do I sign up for a program?

Take a look at the programs below and decide which one is right for your class and the season of your visit. Then contact us at (518)456-0655 x1250 orinfo@albanypinebush.org to sign up. Programs need to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

If your school is unable to travel to the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, please contact us about the Friends of the Pine Bush Community Transportation Reimbursement grant and our Outreach Programs.

How much does it cost?

$3.00 per student, teachers and chaperones attend free of charge.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Programs

 Fall

Seeds of change (1.5 hours)

The Pine Bush needs our help! Join us in an exploration of how and why we are restoring the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. During this program we will investigate the tools that are used to maintain this globally rare ecosystem. Students will also have the opportunity to be a part of our restoration program by participating in a seed collection activity within the Pine Bush Preserve. The seeds that we collect will be used to restore degraded areas of the Pine Bush back to healthy pine barrens.

Suggested grade level: 5–9 Click here for detailed learning standards

Buckmoths (2 hours)*

Did you know the Albany Pine Bush has a greater number of moth and butterfly species than the entire state of New Jersey? Join us as we discover the diversity of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) that thrive in the Albany Pine Bush. Meet up close one of our most rare moths — the inland barrens buckmoth. Participate in authentic buckmoth research along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve, experience buckmoth habitat first hand and learn why this insect needs the Pine Bush.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Butterflies and Moths of the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1-12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by the forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the Preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Winter

Where do all the wild things go? Explore on snowshoes Pine Bush winter ecology (2 hours)

How would you survive living outside for the winter? The Albany Pine Bush is a year-round home to many animal species. Where do they go and how do they survive during the winter? In this program, students will discover how animals are adapted to winter survival. Students will also learn how to search for and identify animal activity. The Discovery Center will provide all students with snowshoes for this program.

Suggested grade Level: 4–8

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1-12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Spring

Help a habitat (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

Participate in the restoration of the endangered Albany Pine Bush landscape and “help a habitat.” In the first part of this two-part program, students learn about the natural history of the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem and the challenges the Pine Bush faces today. Students then participate in a hands-on habitat restoration project for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Seeds of the Karner blue’s host plant, the wild blue lupine, are planted and germinated in the classroom. Students care for the seedlings in the classroom until they are ready for planting. In part two of the program students visit the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center and transplant their lupine seedlings to a Karner blue butterfly habitat restoration area in the Pine Bush Preserve.

Suggested grade level: 1–4 Click here for detailed learning standards

Exploring life in a pine barrens vernal pond (2 hours)*

You might call it big puddle or a little pond, but the temporary pools of water we find in the spring are actually “vernal ponds.” Come out to the Pine Bush and explore the plants and animals that make use of these special water bodies. Discover what characteristics make up a pine barrens vernal pond, create your own field notebook, and experience a habitat that is full of life. Maximum group size for this program is 30 students.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Pine Barrens Vernal Pond Kit” in-class education kit (available through the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center) before participating in this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

The future of the Karner blue is in our hands (1.5 hours)

Within the Albany Pine Bush lives the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Join us for an exploration into why this beautiful butterfly is nearing extinction. Learn about its natural history, how we are trying to save the Karner blue and how you can help.

Suggested grade level: 2 Click here for detailed learning standards

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Summer

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Exploring life in a pine barrens vernal pond (2 hours)*

You might call it big puddle or a little pond, but the temporary pools of water we find in the spring are actually “vernal ponds.” Come out to the Pine Bush and explore the plants and animals that make use of these special water bodies. Discover what characteristics make up a Pine Barrens vernal pond, create your own field notebook, and experience a habitat that is full of life. Maximum group size for this program is 30 students.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Pine Barrens Vernal Pond” in-class education kit (available through the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center) before participating in this program.

Suggested grade level: 5-8 Click here for detailed learning standards

We Can Come to You!

If you can’t come to us, let us bring our programs to you. Discovery Outreach Programs are programs brought to your school and presented in the classroom and on school grounds by trained Albany Pine Bush staff and education volunteers. Please give us a call to arrange an Outreach Program (518)456-0655 and press 1.

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC, United States

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeastr, located in Columbia, South Carolina. EdVenture opened to the public in 2003. It has 8 galleries covering 67,000 square feet, plus hands-on exhibits, 2 resource centers, and a 200-seat theater. 40,000 square feet of the total 67,000 square feet is devoted to exhibit galleries, laboratories and visitor amenities. An additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor gallery space is located just outside the museum’s front door. Within the total 74,000 square feet there are approximately 350 individual hands-on exhibits. There is also a statue of ‘Eddie’ on the first floor of the museum which children can climb into and learn about the insides of people. It is located at 211 Gervais Street in midtown Columbia, next to the South Carolina State Museum.

Edventure Exhibits

For every child who visits EdVenture, seeing will be believing and doing will mean remembering. All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Click on the link above to view all exhibits available for view. 

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Make your next field trip exciting and educational! Our curriculum-based “EdVentures” are designed to meet standards in science, math, social studies, language arts and health. Our programs place a strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking to complement your classroom instruction.

Schedule

Overview

  • Field studies last 120 minutes including a 45 minute program filled with age-appropriate, SC Educational Standards-based activities led by an EdVenture educator. The remaining 75 minutes of the visit are devoted to museum exploration.
  • Field studies can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday.
  • The minimum number of participants is 15. Students may be divided into groups in order to ensure a successful program.
  • One adult is required for every seven children.
  • During your visit, feel free to stop by EdCetera®, the EdVenture store.

Benefits

  • Fun and educational: students will enjoy 120 minutes of stimulating, hands-on programming — EdVenture style!
  • Standards-based instruction: all exhibits visited are designed on standards-based curriculum. For specific SC Educational Standards in each of our group programs, please view our list of programs.

Cost

  • Student admission fee is $8.50 per child self-led exploration.
  • One chaperone per every seven children is required. Chaperones pay $5.00 per person.
  • Teachers are welcome free with their group.
  • You may opt for an extended stay (60 additional minutes) for an extra $1.50 per person.

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EdVenture can come to your Summer Camp or group meeting with a variety of hands-on educational experiences. We have a dedicated staff of educators who are completely “in the know” when it comes to making learning more fun and engaging for students.

EdVenture-To-Go

EdVenture at Your School

Don’t have the time or budget for travel but still want your students to have the EdVenture Experience? That’s not a problem. We’ll bring EdVenture to you! We’ve taken our best field studies and made them mobile so students everywhere can experience learning through active, hands-on participation. These in-school Field Studies will entertain and educate students without taking an entire day from your teaching schedule.

 EdVenture-To-Go Classroom Field Studies

EdVenture Classroom Field Studies include a 45-minute program with age-appropriate, standards-based activities led by an EdVenture Educator.

  • Each program accommodates up to 25 students.
  • The cost is $6 per student for each 45-minute program, plus mileage outside of the Midlands.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $150 per program on the same day. In that case, the cost will only be $100 per additional program.

EdVenture-To-Go Assembly Field Studies

  • Each program accommodates up to 150 people.
  • The cost is $2 per student for each 45-minute program.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $200.

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228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Summer Camp Group Trips

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VISIT THE ALLEY POND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR A LIVING – LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN NEW YORK CITY.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many nature oriented programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting.

The building is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and varying hours on the weekend, except for major holidays. Call ahead if coming in on a weekend. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round.

Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free, but we do have a suggested donation of $5 per person. You can contribute right at the front desk if you wish to do so!

Scout Groups – Download the Brochure Here

 

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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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