Workshops

Workshops

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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. We offer programs for School as part of a School Field trip, Family programs as well offer Teacher Workshops and College Student programs. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (pre-K to Elementary)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Adopt an Object

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Students investigate daily life in the past through the study of household objects. Learn about shapes, materials, and basic economics while role-playing, making comparisons, and participating in a story.

Program length: 1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware standards: Math 2, 8; Science 2, 3; Civics 4; Economics 1, 2, 3; History 2, 4; English 2; Visual Arts 1, 2, 3


Wonder & Wander in Enchanted Woods

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Wander garden paths on a wondrous walk to Enchanted Woods and discover a new appreciation of nature. Check out the new Upside-Down tree house that just opened in June. Includes storytelling and free time for imaginative play.

Program length:1½ hours

Available April–October


Bugs in the Museum

Grades Pre-K to 5 (School Field Trips Program)

Winterthur’s collection includes objects decorated with bugs, products made by (or from) bugs, and even a few things that bugs have destroyed. Investigate the important roles played by bugs in the past (and today!), and explore ways to keep your own prized possessions from falling prey to vicious vermin.

Program length:  1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 1, 2, 6, 8; History 3; Geography 3; English/Language Arts 4; Visual Arts 1, 3, 4, 6


Plain and Fancy

Grades 2–4 (School Field Trips Program)

How and why do people decorate their possessions? Learn about the practice of decorating textiles with weaving, embroidery, and dyeing in the 1700s and 1800s.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 8; Science 2, 8; Economics 1, 2; Geography 3; History 2, 3; English/Language Arts 1, 2; Visual Arts 4

 


Discover the “Secret” Garden of Winterthur

Grades 2–(School Field Trips Program)

Find shapes in the Reflecting Pool, spot frogs in the pond, wander along the paths, and enjoy the magnificent trees. Learn about the plants blooming in the garden and gaze at the clouds and birds.

Program length:1½ hours

Max. 60 students.

Available April–October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2 (Geography); Math 8; Science 8


Museum Mystery

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Using scientific evidence and finely-honed problem-solving skills, discover whether George Washington actually sat in a chair that is on display in the Galleries. Students familiar with The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, will appreciate the similarities between mysteries, but it is not necessary to be familiar with that book for this program.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Social Science & Geography 1; Social Science, History 2, 3; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6

 


Maker and Marketplace

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Local and global economies, geography, and history come together as students study the roles of craftsmen and shopkeepers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 1, 5, 8, 10; Science 1, 2; Geography 1, 2, 3; Economics 1, 2, 3, 4; History 2, 4; English/Language Arts 1; Visual Arts 3


Work and Play the Winterthur Way

Grades K–6  (School Field Trips Program)

Through games, puzzles, and hands-on projects, explore the various activities that engaged people who lived and worked at Winterthur. A kid-friendly tour of the Winterthur house and outdoor activities illustrate life on a country estate from many different perspectives.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 60 students.

Available June–August


Outreach Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Nursery Rhymes

Ages 3½–5½ (Outreach School Field Trips)

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick! This program teaches children about life long ago through hands-on activities related to nursery rhymes.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, math, and gross and fine motor skills


Soup’s On!

Age 4 to 1st grade  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Winterthur’s unique assortment of soup tureens and the centuries-old folktale Stone Soup provide the foundation for this program, which engages children in imaginative role-playing while teaching them about collections and life long ago. Includes hands-on activities.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, and gross and fine motor skills


How do we Decorate Things?

Pre-K and K  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using objects from our demonstration collection, students learn how items were decorated with color, shapes, and motifs. Includes art activity.

Program length: 45 minutes

Feeds into Delaware standards for History and Visual Arts


Once Upon a Playtime

Grades Pre-K–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children are introduced to the concepts of childhood and leisure activities from long ago through toys and games, such as Alphabet Gymnastics, Jacob’s Ladders, tops, buzz saws, and more. Includes demonstrations and time for hands-on play.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2, 3, 4


Going to Market with “The Ox-Cart Man”

Grades 1-2  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children help tell a favorite story about life long ago—The Ox-Cart Man by Donald

Hall—using objects from Winterthur’s demonstration collection. Includes writing activity.

1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 2; Geography 1, 2, 4; History 1, 3; English/Language Arts 2


Meet George Washington’s Family

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

George Washington wasn’t just a general and a president. Students learn more about him and other members of his household through examining reproductions of period possessions and clothing.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 3; History 1, 2, 4; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


A Proper Day’s Work

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Students role-play, tackling the daily chores of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They’ll “wash” clothes and “bake” bread using demonstration collection objects.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2, 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2, 4


Working in Early America

Grades 5–8  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (6 – 12 Grade)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips for Middle & High School Programs

American Decorative Arts

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Explore the characteristics of decorative arts and furniture styles popular from 1640 to 1860. Students handle and examine objects and take a tour through period rooms to observe design history and principles. Ideal for history, visual art, art history, interior design, and home economics students.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 45 students

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; History 1, 2


Ritual and Revolution: The Importance of Tea

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Students discover how Colonial America’s ritual of tea drinking helped create the social, economic, and political forces that played a role in the Revolution. Investigate 18th-century life through tea drinking and discover tea’s social rituals, political symbolism, and economic power. Includes a primary-source activity relating to the Boston Tea Party.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Civics 1, 4; Economics 1, 4; Geography 4; History 2, 3, 4; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; English/Language Arts 3, 4


East Egg, West Egg

Grades 9-12 (School Field Trips)

Tour the home of Henry Francis du Pont and compare and contrast his lifestyle with that of a few of his contemporaries: the major characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. This program can also be readily adapted to a 45-minute in-class experience.

Program length: 2 hours

Available March-October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 1-4; English/Language Arts 1-4; Visual Arts 3, 4, 6


Outreach Middle & High School Programs

Working in Early America

Grades 5–8 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


There’s History in Things

Grades 6–12 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Objects can be primary sources! Students hone their analytical skills using a house inventory and artifacts from our demonstration collection to reveal evidence about people’s lives in early America.

Program length: 45 Minutes

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4, 5

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100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington, DC, United States

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.

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ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

GROUPS OF FEWER THAN 40

From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them online in advance for a small service charge or for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit. The supply of advance and same-day passes is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

GROUPS OF 40 OR MORE

From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit if they are available, or you may schedule your visit in advance by using our advance group reservation system.

  • Group reservations are free and may be made as early as 8 p.m. Eastern time six months prior to the date of your visit. The latest you may make a group reservation is 3 p.m. Eastern time one day before your visit. Due to high demand, we strongly encourage groups who wish to visit during spring and summer to complete their reservations well in advance.
  • We will send you an e-mail confirmation at the conclusion of the online reservation process; this e-mail will serve as your timed-entry reservation. Please see Museum Resources to prepare for your group visit to the Permanent Exhibition.
  • Adequate supervision of students and their conduct is essential. We strongly recommend groups provide at least one adult chaperone for every five students under age 18. Chaperones should ensure the proper conduct of students in their group at all times. For further information, please see our Building Regulations (PDF).
  • Groups scheduled to visit the Permanent Exhibition check in and enter at the Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) entrance. Help us prepare your group for entry by forming a single-file line, with a chaperone at both the front and back.

ARRIVAL AND ENTRY

All visitors must pass through security, which includes metal detectors and scanners. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your reservation to allow time for this. Given the Museum’s limited storage capacity, we strongly recommended you refrain from bringing your coats and bags with you.

MUSEUM RESOURCES

Please see Museum Resources for guides, activities, and other learning materials designed to help you prepare for your visit.

MAKE YOUR VISIT COMPLETE

After touring the Permanent Exhibition, visit the Museum’s other exhibitions, the Hall of Remembrance, and the Wexner Learning Center.

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States

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.

An unfinished plaque on display at The Clay Pot, Pottery STudio

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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15 West 28th Street, New York, NY, United States

Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 65 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available.

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TADA Theater for Youth Groups

TADA! Youth Theater serves as a rewarding, educational and cultural experience for children. The magic of live entertainment develops critical and creative thinking skills and challenges kids to be curious about the world around them. Bring your sports team, girl-scout troop, homeroom class, dance company or group of family and friends. And, an extensive study guide with teacher and student activities included with the price of admission. Ideal for kids ages 3-12.

GROUP RATES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS 

For groups of 20+

$6 Children,  $10 Adults

Space is limited

212.252.1619 x133

boxoffice@tadatheater.com

School Day

Plan a Field Trip to TADA! 

TADA!’s 2014 season will begin in January. Please email us if you would like to stay updated on our seasons!

*All seating is reserved. Ticket reservations are not final until receipt of full payment. Group rates apply to non-profit or school groups of 20 or more people. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Running time is about one hour. Please inform us of specific wheelchair seating needs when ordering tickets.

Script Rental

Rent TADA! Youth Theater’s Musicals & Plays

TADA! has been producing one-act musicals and plays since 1984. Each of our original musicals was commissioned for its premiere performance at TADA!, and plays are the winning selections from our annual contest. Our scripts offer flexible casting, age-appropriate themes, piano accompaniment on CD, and are enjoyed by kids and adults across the country. We hope you will bring one of our original works into your community and share the fun!

Why Choose a TADA! Show?

  • Relevance: Material for performers of all ages.
  • Options at all costs: Shows can be performed on a budget of any size.
  • Originality: Productions written by professionals with content and music specifically for youth performers.
  • Assistance: TADA! can help you through the process. On some shows we are even able to transpose songs to provide your students with the most comfortable vocal range.
  • Variety: Choose from a range of topics from summer camp and magical tales to friendship, high school and family.
  • Experience: This is what we do best! Each one of TADA!s musicals has been performed by our Resident Youth Ensemble, NYC kids ages 8-18, at our theater in New York!

Learn more:

For more information, contact: scriptrental@tadatheater.com or 212.252.619 x117.

TADA! In-School and After-School Arts Education Programs

Through musical theater and drama led by caring, highly-skilled Teaching Artists – TADA! provides students with the opportunity to thrive both on stage and in life. Personal and creative growth take place in a structured and supportive environment where ensemble methods are taught to encourage cooperation and teamwork. These classes provide a forum for creative and emotional expression, while developing students’ concentration, discipline, teamwork, confidence and public-speaking ability. Classes are taught by two Teaching Artists (a director/choreographer and a music director) with extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education. All offerings are age appropriate. TADA! tailors its programs to meet the needs of the school, classroom and community being served.

  • TADA! is an accredited vendor with New York City Department of Education.

For more information contact TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, atrchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

Through musical theater residencies held during the school day, TADA! engages students and teachers in active learning–through and about the arts during the classroom experience. TADA! uses theater to connect to school curricular units and gives students the skills to feel comfortable as musical theater performers. TADA! residencies incorporate the NYS Learning Standards and the NYC DOE Blueprint For Teaching and Learning in the Arts and provide a forum for creative and academic expression, while developing concentration, discipline, teamwork, confidence and public speaking ability.

In-School Residencies include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building Residency: Students learn the skills necessary to participate as musical theater performers. Class begins with vocal exercises, acting games, stretching and dance. Students also learn musical numbers from TADA!’s repertoire of over 30 original musicals, written expressly for performance by children. Material may be chosen around a topic or concept from the current classroom curriculum.
  • Musical Theater Writing Residency: Students learn the skills involved in writing, composing and performing an original musical. Under the guidance of professional writers and composers, students create the libretto and score for an original musical. Students then rehearse and perform their original musical. This residency incorporates the academic curriculum extensively. The residency may also allow students to explore important issues in their lives. Past scripts have focused on topics as varied as immigration, Greek mythology, neighborhood history, teamwork and drug prevention.
  • Literacy-Integrated Residencies: Students use material being read in class to explore literary themes using drama, movement and song in preparation for an assembly program at the final session.
  • Professional Development: Classroom teachers learn how to incorporate theater arts, music and dance into their curriculum. (More information below.)

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

After the school day, students learn the necessity of teamwork as they put together an ensemble performance piece involving dance steps, songs and scenes. These workshops help to improve the group dynamic by addressing varying learning and behavioral styles. In addition, these programs help children develop theater skills.

After-School Programs include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building: Students learn the music, dance and theater skills needed to become competent musical theater actors. Music is drawn from TADA!’s repertoire of over 30 original musicals which were written expressly for performance by children. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director and director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Musical Theater Play Building: For schools interested in a more in-depth residency program, TADA! offers a two-part creation and production workshop. Students create an original mini-musical or play, rehearse the scenes and songs, and perform it for the school community. This format may use thematic material as suggested by the school. Past scripts have centered on topics as varied as immigration, teamwork, and tolerance. Students work on their writing and performance skills, and the use of musical numbers to promote fun, active learning. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director & director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Drama Workshops: These workshops focus on the skills of the non-musical theater actor. Acting games, improvisation and scene development are used to prepare a presentation for family and schoolmates. Students explore ensemble work, develop theater skills and create characters as they work with topics as varied as world cultures, comedy, immigration and conflict resolution. Program includes: one Teaching Artist (Director). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.

Theater & Rehearsal Room Rentals

Looking for space for your next production, rehearsal, class or meeting? TADA! Theater has the perfect solution for you. Our 99 seat theater is available not only for theater and dance performances, workshops or readings, but also for recitals, meetings, presentations, film shoots and much more. The stage is 24? x 30? with a lighting grid at 11? and the rental includes lighting and sound equipment and piano. Walk in and be audience-ready in just a couple of hours.

Not ready for an audience just yet? Then use our studio for your class, rehearsal or meetings. The studio is 25? x 30? and includes mirrors (optional), piano, portable sound system and TV with DVD Player. Table, chairs and cube blocks are also available for use.

TADA! Theater

Stage: 24 x 30

  • 98 seats
  • Flexible seating
  • Wood floor
  • Piano
  • A/C
  • Box office
  • Lobby
  • Passenger & freight elevators
  • Dressing rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Lighting & sound packages

TADA! Rehearsal Room

25 x 30

  • Newly renovated with mirrors
  • Piano
  • A/C
  • Bathrooms
  • Ideal for rehearsals & meetings

Discounts on theater rentals during the summer months available.

Contact Angie McCormack at 212.252.1619 x131 or rentals@tadatheater.com

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Up Next on the TADA! Stage:

2013/2014 Season

The Drama Desk Award-Winning TADA! Youth Theater professionally produces original Off-Broadway musicals performed by talented kids for family audiences.

See all 3 shows for less than 1 Broadway Ticket!

Kid’s tickets start at only $8.

Birthday parties, group sales and premium tickets all available now.

THE GIFT OF WINTER

January 18- February 9, 2014

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Book by Michael Slade

Music by David Evans

Lyrics by Faye Greenberg

Based on the book of the same title by John Leach & Jean Rankin
In a far-away land, a long, long time ago, townsfolk travel to the Ministry of Winter to lodge a formal complaint to save the world from the coldest season. Featuring TADA! favorites: “The Answer is Snow” and “Down with Winter”

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SAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE: THE CASE OF THE MALTBALL FALCON

April 26-May 18, 2014

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Book & Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro

Music by Georgia Stitt

WORLD PREMIERE! Samantha is a lonely kid who prowls the black-and-white, rain-washed streets as Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, the go-to sumshoe who always solves the case (for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers).
Get a sneak peek at http://www.samanthaspademystery.com

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HEROES

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July 11- August 1, 2014

HEROES Book by Tom Keegan and Davidson Lloyd

Music & Lyrics by Tammy Holder, Joel Gelpe, Tom Keegan, and Davidson Lloyd

When the sun disappears, a group of kids learn what it takes, and what it means to be brave.

Featuring TADA! favorites: “Our Day in the Sun,” and “I Want This”

Unsung

A WORLD PREMIERE dance-theater piece!

 Choreographed by Joanna and Ryan Greer

Music by Jody Shelton

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Bring TADA! Camps to Your Organization

Bring TADA!’s popular Camps to your school, camp, day care, community center or business! With programs across the metro area, TADA! delivers great musical theater programs for kids in your community. Families and friends love applauding their kids’ mini-musicals as much as the children love creating and performing them.

Similar to TADA!s on-site Week-long Camps, students rehearse and perform songs, choreography and scenes based on original TADA! shows and selections from Broadway over a five-day period (longer camps are also available). On the last day of the program, kids present their own mini-musical in a final performance for family and friends.

Personal and creative growth takes place in a structured and supportive environment. Ensemble methods are taught to encourage cooperation and positive, creative expression as kids develop their theatrical skills. Each camp has a unique theme and different musical numbers–depending on your program goals.

TADA! provides:

  • Two to three professional teaching artist/directors (Music Director, Choreographer & Director) with extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education
  • Songs, music, scripts and materials from one of TADA!’s original musicals
  • Our award-winning team-teaching and youth-centered approach
  • Our unique program format and structure including: skills building, rehearsal and performance

For more information and pricing contact TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

Bring TADA! Classes to Your Organization

After the school day, students learn the necessity of teamwork as they put together an ensemble performance piece involving dance steps, songs and scenes. These classes help to improve the group dynamic by addressing varying learning and behavioral styles. In addition, these programs help children develop theater skills.

Classes include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building: Students learn the music, dance and theater skills needed to become competent musical theater actors. Music is drawn from TADA!’s repertoire of over 30 original musicals which were written expressly for performance by children. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director and director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Musical Theater Play Building: For schools interested in a more in-depth residency program, TADA! offers a two-part creation and production workshop. Students create an original mini-musical or play, rehearse the scenes and songs, and perform it for the school community. This format may use thematic material as suggested by the school. Past scripts have centered on topics as varied as immigration, teamwork, and tolerance. Students work on their writing and performance skills, and the use of musical numbers to promote fun, active learning. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director & director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Drama Workshops: These workshops focus on the skills of the non-musical theater actor. Acting games, improvisation and scene development are used to prepare a presentation for family and schoolmates. Students explore ensemble work, develop theater skills and create characters as they work with topics as varied as world cultures, comedy, immigration and conflict resolution. Program includes: one Teaching Artist (Director). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.

Workshops and residencies are also available.

For more information and pricing contact TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for School groups All Grades

Passport to Learning Shelburne Museum

Pack your bags for an School Group educational adventure at Shelburne Museum!

Passport to Learning is an exciting series of twelve interactive workshops for students in grades K-8 that meet educational standards from Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Grade Expectations and introduce students to concepts and themes in art, language arts, math, science, and social studies through a facilitated exploration of Shelburne Museum.

  • We offer Passport to Learning for School groups each spring and fall.
  • We are currently accepting reservations for School Groups for September 24 through October 12, 2012. Monday, October 1 is reserved exclusively for homeschooling families
  • We can accommodate up to 200 students per day.
  • School Group arrivals are staggered to aid traffic flow through the workshops.Workshops run concurrently from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last workshop session of the day begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Workshops begin promptly on the half hour.
  • Each workshop for School Groups closes for a 30-minute break during the day.
  • Workshops run on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Workshops for School Groups can accommodate between 10 and 20 students at a time. We encourage classrooms to divide into small groups of 4 to 6 students each, with at least one chaperone per group.
  • You may choose to complete as few or as many workshops as you would like. We recommend that students and School Groups in grades K-2 attend 2-3 workshops and students in grades 3-8 attend 3-5 workshops in a visit.
  • Every student receives a passport upon arrival. At the completion of a workshop each student receives a stamp in his or her passport.
  • Every student receives a pass to return to the Museum for free with one paid adult.

COST

Passport to Learning costs $5 per student and $5 per chaperone. School staff or one parent per home-schooled family are admitted free.

REGISTRATION

To register your classroom or your homeschooling family for Passport to Learning, please use our online registration form to register

Passport School Group WorkShops

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The Great Rocket Race

Can you predict the factors that will make the most successful rocket? Explore the temporary exhibit “Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk,” then launch several rockets to see which flies the highest. This workshop begins at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. and lasts approximately 50 minutes.

  • Webb Gallery
  • 10
  • 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
  • 9-10 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 3-8.
  • Extension activities are forthcoming.

Drama in the Tavern

Participants learn about life in 1820s Vermont while role playing to solve the mystery of the hidden apprentice and the horse thief.

 

Hitchin’ a Ride

Students investigate 19th-century modes of transportation and compare them to contemporary means of travel.

Kraken Up

Acquaint yourself with the creatures of the deep sea through visual art and poetry.

Let’s Play!

Participants enjoy children’s pastimes from times past. Find out how they compare to today’s toys and games.

Settling In

Children gain insight into life in the late 18th century while exploring the Settlers’ House and Barn and participating in daily household activities.

  • Settlers’ House
  • 15
  • 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades K-8.

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Shop ‘til You Drop

Children “purchase” and “sell” goods through a combination of bartering, paying with cash, and using credit.

  • General Store
  • 15
  • 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Suitable for School group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 2-6.

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Sign of the Times

Discover the symbolism of trade signs. Can you figure out which sign goes with which trade? Do the trades of the 18th and 19th centuries exist today?

  • Stagecoach Inn
  • 15
  • 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School Group grades 1-5.

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Train Tracking

Students investigate communication methods that kept 19th and 20th-century railroads running smoothly and safely and try sending messages by Morse code.

Who’s for Lunch?

Students gain an understanding of the interdependence of a food chain by playing a Web of Life game. Participants also become familiar with the goals of wildlife conservation.

  • Beach Lodge
  • 20
  • 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Suitable for School Group grades K-8.
  • Recommended for School group grades K-5.

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You Be the Judge

Using examples of actual petty crimes committed in Vermont in the early 20th century, students decide who should stand trial and who should go without punishment.

 Self Guided Visits

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Groups from high schools, colleges, summer camps, or other organizations may opt for a self-guided visit to Shelburne Museum. Self-guided visits allow your group to explore the Museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and buildings that are of the most interest to your group.

We are now accepting reservations for self-guided visits during the 2012 season. Entry to the Museum is permitted as early as 10 a.m. for self-guided visits.

Admission for students in grades K-12 is $5 per student and parent chaperone. School or organization faculty and staff are admitted free.

Admission for college or other adult education groups is $10 per person. School or organization faculty and staff are admitted free.

Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact Hannah Weisman, academic programs coordinator, at (802) 985-3346 x3395 or schoolprograms@shelburnemuseum.org to make a reservation.

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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School-Year Visits (October-June)

Are you ready to give your students an exciting field trip adventure? Then please consider a trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. We are now booking for the 2013-14 school year! School visits start October 16, 2013.

We offer several school visit experiences for your students, no matter what their grade or interest level:

  1. A 90-minute theater experience which includes a pre-show demonstration, a multi-media planetarium show of your choice, and time to explore the exhibits. These experiences begin at 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM and noon Wednesday-Friday. Theater seats 103.AND/OR
  2. A 90-minute discovery experience. These interactive, hands-on experiences foster critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving while targeting multi-disciplinary skills. Each experience relates to one of our new exhibits and goes more in depth providing hands-on experiences students are sure to enjoy! These experiences begin at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM Wednesday-Friday. 100 students per experience max. Two week advance registration required.

School Offerings
The cost for your school visit experience is $5 per student.
One free Chaperone for each 10 students.
Additional Adults are $5 each.

At least 10 participants or a minimum of $50 is required to book a school visit.

You can book more than one experience during your visit! Additional experiences are an additional $3 per student and additional adult.

Time: please be on time! We have a lot to accomplish together during your field trip. We often book several groups at a time, so arriving late will shorten your students’ program and may disrupt other schools’ programs.

Buses: please follow the signs to the School Entrance. After dropping off passengers, the buses can then park in the bus spaces along the road at the rear of our parking lot.

Lunch: if you plan to eat lunch here, please have your students and chaperones bring bag lunches. Your group can gather for lunch outdoors at our picnic tables on nice days, and in the Unitil Program Center when the weather is less cooperative! Your lunch schedule is based on your program time:

  • 9 AM experience – lunch from 10:30-11 AM
  • 9:15 AM experience – lunch from 11-11:30 AM
  • 10 AM experience – lunch from 11:30 AM-12 PM
  • 11 AM experience – lunch from 12:30-1 PM
  • 11:15 AM experience – lunch from 1-1:30 PM
  • 12 PM experience* – lunch from 12-12:25 PM

* Note: students for the noon experience must arrive by 11:30 AM.

Chaperones: One chaperone is required for every ten students. We expect the chaperones to play an active role in supervising the students. Please let the chaperones know their role before the trip. Your students will get the most out of their field trip if they are in an environment that encourages learning. Please assign each chaperone ten students to supervise and ensure that the chaperone stays with his/her students throughout the visit, and plan for chaperones to file in and sit among your students in the theater. Older students cannot be chaperones.

Science Store: Visit the Northeast Delta Dental Science Store and plan time to shop while you are here. We stock items in all price ranges, including pencils, glow-in-the-dark stars, astronaut ice cream and books on the planets, and we are particularly sensitive to the needs of students on field trips with limited money. For your convenience, after making purchases, students can sign their name on their bags and we can store them in a box for you until you return to the bus. Revenues from the Science Store support the offerings of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Thank you for partnering with us to make a great visit!

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Outreach

Can’t come to us? We can come to you!

We will adjust the content of any of the following programs to suit your students’ grade level. These programs actively involve your students in exciting, enjoyable learning experiences. Some programs involve hands-on activities for every student. Others utilize volunteers from the audience. We will be happy to answer questions after each show. Name a topic in space science and we’ll deliver a program to your students in a fun and educational way!

Traveling Planetarium

Traveling Planetarium

In our portable, inflatable planetarium, we offer a variety of shows to choose from for groups of 30-40 students at a time:

Tonight’s Sky – our educators can customize a show about the constellations and the night sky. Great for all ages.

Ice Worlds – visit the two poles of Earth and the icy landscapes of our solar system. For grades 5-8.

Infinity Express – take an exciting journey of discovery to explore our solar system, includes breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope. For grades 4-12.

The Amazing Telescope – A dynamic look at the development and types of telescopes from Galileo’s time to the high-powered observatories of today. For grades 7-12.

Impact Earth – What are the differences between asteroids, meteors and comets? Learn how these objects are discovered and how potential impacts might be deflected. For grades 5-8.

Requirements: 25-foot square area and a minimum of 15-foot ceiling clearance, with no obstructions.

Cost: $250, plus round-trip mileage from Concord for one session. Each additional same-day session is $125 with a maximum charge of $600 for five sessions, plus mileage.

Session length: 30-40 minutes.


Educator Demonstrations:

Educator demonstrations are designed for the classroom and ideal for no more than 60 students to maximize visibility. Demonstrations can be modified for more students with advance notice.

ISS – Living and Working in Space:

Using exclusive NASA videos and a variety of visual and hands on demonstrations, students will learn how astronauts live and work in space while answering questions like: What is it like to live in space? How do astronauts adjust to microgravity? What are the astronauts doing in space? Recommended for grades 1-6.

Planet Hunter:

In this interactive science theater presentation, students learn about the planets in our solar system and how scientists and engineers find planets orbiting other stars. Recommended for grades 1-5.

The Comet show:

Explore what a comet is made of and where they come from through interactive and exciting activities and demonstrations. This demonstration’s grand finale involves a student volunteer making a spectacular model of a comet using dry ice, syrup and cookies. For Grades 1-8.

Telescopes-to-Go:

We will bring our telescopes to your event during the day for solar viewing or at night for viewing stars, planets and other objects in the night sky. If requested this program can also include presentations about how telescopes work, why dark skies are important and what the beginner should look for in purchasing a telescope.

Cost: $175 per hour per educator plus round-trip mileage from Concord, NH for the first session, plus $125 for each additional session


Workshops:

Mini Paper Rocket Workshop

In this workshop, participants will be guided through the engineering challenge of designing a paper rocket. We will explore common aeronautical questions like: how do planes fly and how can rockets fly so high. Then participants put their new knowledge to the test as they construct a paper rocket and use our air powered launcher to send their rocket into the air. A well made rocket can go 200 feet or more!

Cost: $250 per workshop, plus round-trip mileage from Concord, NH for the first session, $125 for each additional session.

Recycled Rocket Residency

We will work with students in your classroom or after school program to design an air powered rocket out of recycled material. This program includes lessons about engineering and the principles of flight and rocketry. Students will experience firsthand the importance of planning and testing designs. This program is recommended for grades 3 and up. Each session is one hour long. Additionally, students will need to spend approximately 30-60 minutes in class or at home each day to build and modify their rocket. We offer two versions of this program, a 3-day program and a more in-depth 5-day program.

3 Day Program
Day 1: Demo Launch and Principles of Flight
Day 2: Why and How Engineers Test Their Designs – Wind Tunnel-Testing Students’ Designs
Day 3: Final Launch

5 Day Program
Day 1: Demo Launch and Principles Of Flight
Day 2: Why and How Engineers Test Their Designs – Wind Tunnel-Testing Students’ Designs
Day 3: Practice Launch 1/2 Power
Day 4: Famous Engineering Blunders – Additional Wind Tunnel Testing
Day 5: Final Launch

Cost: 3-day program $425 up to 30 children plus daily round-trip mileage from Concord, NH. 5-day program $675 up to 30 children plus daily round-trip mileage from Concord, NH. An additional class of 30 children can be added at $125 per class (no more than 4 classes per day)


Schedule Your Outreach!

To schedule an outreach or for more information, call Visitor Services at 603-271-STAR (7827).

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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 Teachers:
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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830 5th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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School and Student Programs

Green Girls!

Green Girls is an innovative program that encourages girls to excel in the sciences and realize their potential to create change within the natural environment and their own lives.

The three-week Green Girls Summer Institute, going into its sixth summer, serves 30 girls from the four Young Women’s Leadership Schools in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with hands-on activities and trips to parks and natural areas, wildlife refuges, and cultural institutions. Green Girls provides middle-school girls with intensive summer experiences that enrich their understanding of science and environmental justice issues, familiarize them with New York City’s vast natural and institutional resources, and promote leadership and life skills. Ultimately, the Green Girls Summer Institute helps girls explore their own vast potential and the extensive career possibilities available in the sciences.

These carefully-selected and sequenced activities address a variety of science subject matter, including environmental education, ecology, biology, geology, zoology, and botany. Sessions encompass an array of environmental and environmental justice issues that focus on community problems and the need for green spaces, water conservation, air quality and the natural world.

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Coastal Classroom (4th Grade and up)

Discovering the Secrets of Our Aquatic Ecosystem! Coastal Classroom – offers workshops in parks along the waterfront, focused on coastal ecology, aquatic habitats, water quality, and urban waterfront restoration and preservation.

Hands-on activities in our parks are among the very best opportunities to learn about ecology and the environment. Few places in the city provide better resources for active learning about our natural world and the issues we face in preserving it than our parks.

Coastal Classroom provides young people (4th grade and up) and community members of all ages opportunities to “get their feet wet” in some of New York’s coastal hot spots. Situated within the Long Island Sound watershed, participants delve into New York City’s waterfront and explore the world beneath the waves through exciting, meaningful programming. See the present state of our water resources and get a glimpse into the challenges of future preservation efforts.

Seed to Trees (1st Grade to 4th Grade)

Since 1992, Seeds to Trees: A Field Based Environmental Education Program for Public Schools has introduced NYC children to science and nature in the urban environment through classroom activities and unparalleled field experiences. Seeds to Trees reinforces core academic skills while continually experimenting with new models and strategies.

Seeds to Trees Early Childhood Program: City Parks Education’s interdisciplinary nature and science pilot is specifically designed for children who are 3-4 years old. This program emphasizes science observation, sensory awareness, creative expression, literacy and analytical skills development. In a series of 3-5 sessions, plant and animal themes are introduced via songs, stories, movement and craft projects.

Seeds to Trees for Elementary Schools (1st-4th Grades): Seeds to Trees offers an inquiry-based, dynamic program in the span of four months—either in the fall or in the spring. The program includes lessons on topics relating to the natural environment and environmental stewardship, such as learning about the forest ecosystem and the effects of pollution on the health of a forest and the water supply, among other topics.

Learning Gardens

Learning Gardens brings garden-based learning to NYC schoolchildren and community members. UsingNYC Parks gardens, we present engaging interdisciplinary lessons in core subjects. Students in grades pre-K – 8 and their teachers receive learning materials, curricula, and tools to enhance their use of the gardens.

The environmental education idea is simple: build a communal garden, combine it with a series of wonderful lessons, and then invite community members—schools, senior and day care centers, families, and organizations—to work on their gardens and cultivate valuable benefits.

We serve over 2,850 community members, children, and teachers through school, out-of-school and summer programs. The program is open to groups that are within close proximity to (e.g. close walking distance) the gardens. All scheduled classes, workshops, and events take place in local parks: at Grove Hill Community Playground in the Bronx, the Umoja Community Garden in Brooklyn, in Liberty Park in Jamaica, Queens.

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Youth Made Media

Youth Made Media (YM2) is a multimedia/technology after school program offering video production training, media literacy, new media, academic support and life skills training. Launched in 2004 out of the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn, Youth Made Media expanded in 2009 to operate in all five boroughs.

 During the school year, the program is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; in the summer, we conduct an Intensive Summer Institute, four days per week, to train youth in all aspects of production.

Through multifaceted activities, these programs help kids discover their unique talents and aptitudes, while mastering valuable technology skills and exploring careers and workplaces. Participants gain experience in using a broad range of standard and specialized industry software for video and sound editing. These programs provide a safe space where teens can share with one another, develop leadership skills, forge a group identity, and serve their community.

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