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School Trips

As children grow, the offerings available in the classroom are no longer enough to satisfy their needs.

“Going out” intensifies instruction as children witness and experience first-hand what is out in their community.

Extended Day 

Gourdlandia: Children learn about growing and drying gourds and then make and decorate a gourd vessel.

Sciencenter: Children explore the museum and participate in an interactive program designed by the Sciencenter.

Kidstuff: Children travel by bus to the Hangar Theater and experience a live performance.

Junior Level

Cornell Botanical Gardens: Students participate in programs either at The Mundy Wildflower Garden or to learn about Haudenosaunee Food Crops.

Museum of the Earth: A particularly relevant trip that connects to our study of evolution; The Timeline of Life.

Fossil Dig: Students travel to Cargill Salt Mines to search for fossils and Native spear heads.

Upper Level

Johnson Art Museum: Students experience a guided visit related to their History curriculum and participate in a studio workshop designed as a compliment.

Eight Square Schoolhouse: Students attend school as if it were 1892! They come in costume, play old-fashioned games, use pen and ink, and experience just how different life as a child used to be.

Harriet Tubman House: In conjunction with their study of the Underground Railroad, students travel to Auburn, N.Y. to visit Harriet Tubman’s house.

ReUse Center: Students participate in programming at the ReUse center in conjunction with their work on the Words Into Deeds grant.  

Williamsburg: Students travel by bus to Colonial Williamsburg for 3 days in conjunction with their study of American history. They experience life in the 18th century from various vantage points: the free,  the enslaved, the tradespeople.

Philadelphia: Students visit the nexus of the American Revolution, tour the African American History Museum and learn about the creation of the U.S. Constitution. 

Boston / Plymouth: Students visit Plymouth Rock to examine first hand the relationship between the colonialists and Native Americans. In Boston they tour the first African American school and enjoy a walking tour of historic sites.

Middle School

The Odyssey Trip: Set in one of several sites designed for outdoor education, this trip occurs at the beginning of every school year and involves three days of planned activities designed to consider the nature of community and the place of the individual within that community.

United Nations Trip: In alternate years, students travel to New York City to observe the United Nations in session and tour Ellis Island.

Kroka Village: Students engage in meaningful work – fetching water for cooking and drinking, splitting firewood to cook meals over fires, harvesting and processing food, and working animals while sleeping in earthen lodges made of harvested poles and sod.

National Heritage Trip: In alternate years, students visit Washington, D.C. in order to enhance their studies of our government.  Students plan many aspects of this approximately one-week trip, including schedules and sites to visit. These trips are intended to build the adolescents’ independence, self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as to strengthen teamwork, cooperation, leadership and compassion within the group.

Marine Ecology TripIn alternate years, students venture to the ocean, most recently to New Hampshire’s Seacoast region, to study the rich intertidal environment.  During the trip, extensive field work is coupled with work in the lab under the direction of researchers and educators. Students have the opportunity to consider many issues of environmental importance through their experiences, while also appreciating the local cultural and economic life of the area.

Day Trips:  The academic curriculum is enhanced by occasional trips to take advantage of exhibits and presentations directly relating to the current work of the classroom in our local area.  Alternate years include trips to Seneca Falls, the Seward and Tubman homes in Auburn, Steamtown and the Lackawanna Coal Mine, various science-related trips, such as the Floating Classroom, stream studies on Fall Creek, visits to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, among others.

Second Year Cultural Immersion Trip:  As a culminating experience for students and in keeping with the broadest of our Adolescent Program goals, second-year students  travel to Costa Rica to engage in cultural immersion, language learning and community service.