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ALABAMA

THE AMERICAN VILLAGE, Post Office Box 6, Montevallo, AL 35115,  (205) 665-3535, contact@americanvillage.org. Visit our website for descriptions and photos of our nationally-renowned educational programs. Find helpful teacher resources and classroom activities. Schedule your school visit online. Find tips for your trip and driving directions as well. www.americanvillage.org.

BELLINGRATH GARDENS & HOME, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582, 800-247-8420, bellingrath@bellingrath.org. Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden featuring an abundance of blooms, the Bellingrath Museum Home, and a scenic river cruise. Bellingrath also offers self-guided workshops designed for an adult-led group. Group leaders will have all the materials and information needed to investigate topics related to the Gardens and surrounding areas. The workshops also integrate other content areas with Science so students will have a better understanding of the relationships between the botanical sciences, the environment, and our daily lives. We have designed our curriculum to help meet state and local standards for teaching students as they are actively engaged in learning experiences in the Gardens. Open daily from 8 am-5pm. Closed December 25th. For reservations, contact Shanna Bennett, Group Tour Coordinator at 800-247-8420, ext. 163. www.bellingrath.org.

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL  36607, (251) 471-6364, info@braggmitchellmansion.com. Nestled among ancient oaks, camellias, azaleas, and furnished with period antiques, crystal chandeliers, and magnificent pier mirrors, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion offers an elegant glimpse of life in the Old South. Built in 1855, this fine example of bracketed Greek Revival architecture continues to welcome visitors to share in the warmth and culture of Coastal Alabama. Guided tours are offered hourly, Tuesday thru Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm (CST). Our last daily tour begins at 3:00pm. Seasonal opportunities including a Christmas Open House and Spring Tea are annual events. For more information please visit our website at www.braggmitchellmansion.com or call us at (251)471-6364. Admission charged. 

GULF SHORES WELCOME CENTER, 3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg.

GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM, PO Drawer 457, Gulf Shores, AL 36547, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg

HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805, (256) 830-4447, mhertzig@hsvbg.org.  The Huntsville Botanical Garden is proud to offer a venue for Homeschool families to bring their children to receive hands-on science education. Call (256)430- 3572 ext. 226 to make your reservations. Enjoy our 120 acre classroom with over half dozen curriculum-based field trips for you to choose from! Let us help you build your own lesson plan complete with hands-on activities and an outdoor experience full of adventure. www.hsvba.org.

LOUISE KREHER FOREST ECOLOGY PRESERVE, 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, AL 36830, 334-844-8091, preserve@auburn.edu. The Kreher Nature Center offers a park-like setting for fitness and leisure with places to rest, bird watch and, often during the weekends, view live exhibits of local wildlife such as turtles, frogs and native snakes. The Kreher Nature Center is free and open to the public seven days a week and affords visitors many park-like amenities including:  Covered Pavilion; Nature Playground; Hiking Trails; Handicap Accessible Restrooms; Drinking Fountains and Benches; Convenient Parking for 150 Vehicles; and150-seat Multi-level Open-air Amphitheater.  Just a few miles from downtown Auburn and a short distance from Opelika, the 120 acre track of preserved green space comprises seven natural habitats, including special points of interest such as the: Old Homestead and Vegetable Garden; Wildflower Trail and Boulder Ridge; Butterfly and Wild Azalea Gardens; Hidden Falls and Turtle Pond. The Kreher Nature Center acts as an important resource for outdoor recreation and environmental education for Lee County and surrounding communities and hosts a variety of nature-based events, programs and activities serving residents of all ages including: Workshops and classes; Guided hikes and tours; Science and hobby programs and Youth summer ecology camps & preschool programs. The nature center school program provides a hands-on, multi-sensory learning experience for area youth. The diverse range of nature-based curricula includes topic areas such as zoology, botany, geology, astronomy, food webs and habitats, and environmental conservation and sustainability. As an outdoor learning laboratory, the nature center features: Hiking Trails & Conservation Areas; Interpretive Stations & Teaching Gardens; Demonstration Sites & Wildlife Viewing; Live Animal Collections & Exhibits; Stream, Pond and Wetland Areas. wp.auburn.edu/preserve.

ORANGE BEACH WELCOME CENTER, 23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg

 

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY – CENTER AT GLASTONBURY, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT  06033, 860-633-8402, Cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org. We offer something for everyone!  Live Animals, Nature Stories, crafts and lessons for ages 1-9, School Programs Pre-K to high school classes.  Birthday parties for children, Play area for small children, large display of mounted birds and animals, Forest hiking paths, Beautiful outdoor grounds and gardens, Nature Store with bird seed sold all year long.  Adult classes and programs.  Music concerts, Harvest Dinner fundraiser, Photography contest, Earth Fair, Fine Arts & Craft show.  Dozens of volunteer opportunities, animal caretaker program ages 7-14.  Attend Events ~ Bring Children~ Volunteer~ Become a Member. www.ctaudubon.org.

CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-8269, crm@ctrivermuseum.org. The Connecticut River Museum is located on the banks of the River in historic Essex Village. The Museum’s main building is Steamboat Dock, the last remaining steamboat warehouse on the River. The Museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and programs that explore the history and environment of the Connecticut River. The exhibit On the Great River tells the story of early settlement along the River and highlights two dramatic stories – the American Revolution submarine Turtle and the 1814 British Raid on Essex. The second floor exhibit, The River That Connects Us, explores the many different ways people have used the River and the natural resources that surround it. Our “vertical” gallery travels up the stairways and features spectacular aerial photos of the river, as well as a 3 story mural showing the River’s journey from northern New Hampshire to Long Island Sound. Each year the Museum does several changing exhibitions, please call ahead to find out what is on view when you plan to visit. The Connecticut River Museum also offers programs and workshops in the Museum and on the River using our partner vessels. During July and August, the Museum offers 6 weeks of day camps which explore maritime history, archaeology, environmental science and history of the River Valley. ctrivermuseum.org.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven CT 06510, 203-562-4927, kcarey@creativeartsworkshop.org. Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is a non-profit community arts center that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961. Located in the heart of the Historic Audubon Arts District, CAW offers high-quality visual arts education for young people of all ages. Classes are structured around different themes and media. By keeping classes small and providing individual attention, CAW helps each child develop his or her creativity! www.creativeartsworkshop.org.

MYSTIC WHALER CRUISES, 35 Water Street, New London, CT  06320, 800-697-8420, info@mysticwhaler.com. For over 40 years the schooner Mystic Whaler has guided 1,000’s of excited travelers through the unspoiled waters and ports of Southern New England and the Chesapeake Bay. We offer luncheon day sails and evening dinner cruises, and overnight getaways of 2, 3, and 5 days.  Come sail with our experienced crew and enjoy the best windjammer vacations and excursions afloat. www.mysticwhaler.com.

PALACE THEATER, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702, (203) 346-2000. As Waterbury's premier performing arts center, The Palace is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to "preserve and operate the historic Palace Theater as a performing arts center and community gathering place that provides a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach for diverse audiences." Palacetheaterct.org.

QUASSY AMUSEMENT & WATERPARK , 2132 Middlebury Road, P. O. Box 887, Middlebury, CT 06762, 203-758-2913, info@quassy.com. Amusement and waterpark with more than two-dozen rides and attractions. Award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster, “Splash Away Bay” waterpark, beach, redemption arcade, entertainment. All-day rides and waterpark less than $25 per person.  www.quassy.com.

RIVER QUEST, all cruises leave from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT 06438, 860-662-0577, captainmark@ctriverquest.com. RiverQuest offers a unique, informative and relaxing excursion daily for all ages leaving from Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT. Learn about and experience the beautiful lower Connecticut River. Cruise length is 60 minutes or 90 minutes. No reservations. Group, Bus, Evening & private cruised also available. ctriverquest.com.

SOUNDWATERS, Cove Island Park, 1281 Cove Rd, Stamford, CT 06902, 203-323-1978. Through experiential education SoundWaters provides science enrichment to support and amplify your curricula. SoundWaters programs are rigorous, hands-on and structured education courses that engage students in the learning of the science of the Long Island Sound environment. Each program is an innovative and unique educational experience where students increase scientific knowledge and skills through performing scientific experiments including water quality sampling, testing and analysis, animal adaptations, filtration laboratory trials and long term scientific studies.  SoundWaters helps students succeed by providing hands-on science experiences in biology, geology and physical science. www.soundwaters.org/

 

DELAWARE

DUPONT NATURE CENTER, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, DE 19963, 302-422-1329, dawn.webb@state.de.us. The DuPont Nature Center serves as a science-based education and interpretive facility for schools, families, and other organized groups. It is designed to connect people with nature and will instill an appreciation for the ecological significance of the region.  We offer year-round field trip opportunities for schools and youth organizations.  Spring and summer is peak viewing season for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds.  The Monarch migration can be seen during the early fall, and winter is a good time to see and learn about the many animals living within a saltmarsh.  www.dupontnaturecenter.org.

 

FLORIDA

ART & HISTORY MUSEUMS – MAITLAND, 231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751, (407) 539-2181, megan@artandhistory.org.  Engage and inspire your students at the Art & History Museums – Maitland.  Our programs, designed for students ages 6 – 12, engage students in both art and history through tours, interactive exhibitions, workshops, and activities. Offerings at the A&H include educational tours of the A&H’s Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum, and Waterhouse Residence Museum and Carpentry Shop Museum.  We offer programs and workshops specifically designed for homeschool students. Call to schedule your museum experience at 407-539-2181 x 264, or e-mail Megan Berry at megan@artandhistory.org.  Explore our programs further at www.ArtandHistory.org

CAPE CORAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, Fl 33991, 239-772-7037, ccoralmuseum@embarqmail.com. Museum three building full o displays on early Cape Coral and prior to that. A display on the Homesteaders also shown. As well as Military exhibit, Native American Exhibit, Rose Garden. Gulf American and Many more. Buildings surrounded by Native? Garden and a Rose Garden. Open Wed. Thurs. And Sundays from 1-4pm, closed holidays, July and August. Admission $5.00 adult, $2.00 Children and students. Monthly programs during season. capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.

CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771, 407-323-44550 ext. 123, education@centralfloridazoo.org. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an excellent resource for wildlife and conservation education.  Homeschool ZOOventure classes are offered September through May for students ages 6-12.  Students will be inspired and challenged as they experience our living classroom during these interactive programs.  Limited class size allows for personal attention and up close wildlife encounters.  A complete list of classes and registration are available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450, ext. 123 or email education@centralfloridazoo.org for more information.  Registration is required at least two weeks in advance.    www.centralfloridazoo.org. 

COCO KEY HOTEL AND WATER RESORT-ORLANDO, 7400 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, 1-877-875-4681, reservations@cocokeyorlando.com. Be a Smart Shopper!!! Stay and Play at our combined hotel and water park. Water park and hotel together…HUGE SAVINGS! At Orlando water parks, a family of 4 will pay approximately $200 for a ONE DAY Orlando water park experience, plus a parking fee of $12. At CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando a family of 4 can stay for 2 nights and use the Water Park for 3 days for about the same price as a ONE DAY Orlando Theme Park Experience. (Based On Season) Our guests will also receive complimentary transportation from the CoCo Key Hotel to Universal Orlando Resort® and SeaWorld® Orlando Parks. (Save on Theme Park Parking approximately $16 per day) Stay at CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort Orlando’s ONLY 54,000 sq. ft. canopy-covered/outdoor water park and hotel, and SAVE BIG! Great Value, Great Location, We Make Kids Happy!!! www.cocokeyorlando.com.

DON GARLITS MUSEUM OF DRAG RACING, 13700 SW 16th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34473, francine@garlits.com. www.garlits.com.

MUSEUM OF FLORIDA ART - DELAND, FLORIDA, 600 N. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida 32720, 386.734.4371, coffman@museumoffloridaart.org. The Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida, is a vital and interactive non-profit community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, preservation, study, display and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum is host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year. www.MoArtDeLand.org.

NEWFOUND HARBOR MARINE INSTITUTE AT SEACAMP, 1300 Big Pine Avenue, Big Pine Key, Florida 33043, 305-872-2331, info@nhmi.org. Since 1966, Seacamp is the first program dedicated to the education of youth in marine sciences. Seacamp's location in the Florida Keys allows for a truly unique marine science program, providing an array of activities under the guidance of academically-trained instructors. www.NHMI.org.

 

GEORGIA

CHIEFTAINS MUSEUM/MAJOR RIDGE HOME, 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161, 706) 291-9494, chmuseum@bellsouth.net. The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Ridge, whose old home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Cherokee people. www.chieftainsmuseum.org.

COLUMBUS, GA CVB, 900 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901, 706-322-1613, lruffner@visitcolumbusga.com. Imagine telling your children that you’re taking them on an adventure where they can blast-off into outer space to board the “space station,” go back in time aboard the deck of a Civil War Ironclad, or trek through treetops to get a bird’s eye view of surrounding wetlands. Students can experience all this and more with a visit to Columbus, GA! Through S.T.E.P. (Student Travel Education Program), we’ll assist you in arranging tours, lesson planning, overnight accommodations, meals and more. It’s our one-stop-shop approach to putting the customer’s needs first. Find out more at www.visitcolumbusga.com.

NATIONAL CIVIL WAR NAVAL MUSEUM (Port Columbus), 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA 31901. 706-327-9798, info@portcolumbus.org. The National Civil War Naval Museum tells the story of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved as affected by the Navies of the American Civil War. Located in Columbus, Georgia, the National Civil War Naval Museum houses the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee, a full scale ship replica of the USS Water Witch, a replica of the USS Hartford, a full scale replica of the USS Monitor’s famous turret, and an immersive panoramic dockside exhibit with an exterior and interior view of the CSS Albermarle. www.portcolumbus.org.

ZOO ATLANTA, 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, 404.624.5822, education@zooatlanta.org. Founded in 1889 with the purchase of a bankrupt traveling circus, Zoo Atlanta celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2014. Viewed as one of the finest zoological parks in the U.S., the Zoo is a proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), with a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Highlights include Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the only twin giant pandas in the U.S.; the nation’s largest zoological collections of gorillas and orangutans; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Up-close-and-personal experiences include giraffe feeding, permitting guests to hand-feed Earth’s tallest living land mammals, and behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, giant pandas, lemurs and Aldabra giant tortoises. The Zoo is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org or call 404.624.WILD.  http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/book_a_program/schools_and_groups/homeschoolers#ff_s=fynw.

 

KENTUCKY

FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208, (502) 635-5083, sscarboro@filsonhistorical.org. Welcome to The Filson Historical Society! We are Kentucky’s oldest privately supported Historical Society, founded in 1884.  We’ve been collecting and preserving Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region’s significant stories for 129 years. http://www.filsonhistorical.org.

KENTUCKY GATEWAY MUSEUM CENTER, 215 Sutton Street, Maysville, KY 41056, 606-564-5865, museum@kygmc.org. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center began as a public library in 1878 and features extensive resources for historical and genealogical research.  Our historic Wormald Building is on the National Register, and the history of our region from prehistoric times is on display there.  Our Changing Exhibit Gallery displays a wide variety of information at various times  iThe KSB Miniatures Gallery is 3,300 square feet of incredible artistry.  The 1/12 scale miniature reproductions by gifted international artisans includes houses and public buildings to nursery rhymes. All areas are accessible.  Museum hours Tuesday-Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-3. www.kygmc.org.

KENTUCKY SCIENCE CENTER, 727 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-561-6100, lscinfo@louisvilleky.gov. Explore three floors of exciting, interactive exhibitions that offer educational science fun for the whole family! Plus, enjoy amazing films in our four-story theatre. Museum hours are Sunday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. For tickets and additional information, visit, www.KYScienceCenter.org.

 

MARYLAND

ALLEGANY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 218 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD 21502, 301-777-8678, info@gordon-robertshouse.com. Our education director provides programming for homeschoolers designed for groups consisting of different ages. Hands-on, educational, entertaining, and rich in history, these programs are enjoyed by students and appreciated by educators.   A Victorian House Museum portrays the home life of an 1880-1920 Maryland family; Students enjoy a tour and play parlor games. The Union Grove One Room Schoolhouse permits students to experience the life a 1901 student, write with a quill pen, and read an authentic 1800’s McGuffey Reader.  We also offer special programs throughout the year on various topics.  Our fees are very affordable – typically about $5 per student. http://www.gordon-robertshouse.com/.

B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, 410-752-2490, info@borail.org. The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore offers 40 acres of railroad history and the most important American railroad collection in the world!  Tour this one-of-a-kind collection through historical railroad buildings like the magnificent 1884 Roundhouse or North Car Passenger Shop. Board the train platform and take a seasonal train ride aboard the Mile One Express that travels along the first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way, recognized as the birthplace of American railroading. Explore The War Came By Train, an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and the largest Civil War railroad exhibit in the world! Kids love playtime at Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, carousel rides, and kiddie train rides through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville. A place unique to Baltimore, unique to America and a train load of fun for children of all ages! www.borail.org.

BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER, 21 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore MD 21201, 443-874-3596, betsy.stone@promotionandarts.com. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, built in 1911 showcases the largest, four dial. gravity driven clock in the world and 15 floors of artwork. The guided 40 minute tour talks about the inspiration and history of The Bromo Tower, Emerson the owner and marketing master behind it and ends the tour inside the gear room of the clock.
A great teaching aid

  • Exposure to art
  • Science & Math.  Up close look at gears. Comparison of advancements in telling time
  • Photography
  • GROUP RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Maximum of 40 guests per tour
  • Not handicapped accessible.
  • Near  B&O Railroad museum and Camden Yards

www.bromoseltzerartstower.com.

CLARK’S ELIOAK FARM, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, 410-730-4049, clarkselioakfarm@hotmail.com. Clark’s Elioak Farm is part of a 540-acre farming operation in the heart of Howard County, Maryland.  We provide an opportunity for children and families to learn about farm animals and the importance of farming in our lives.  Our petting farm animals—goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, ponies, horses, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and bunnies are available for visiting whenever we are open.  Pony rides and hayrides are available every day, too.  Group tours and birthday parties can be scheduled.  In the Fall, our pumpkin patch is open. *** We are also the new home of many wonderful attractions from the ENCHANTED FOREST which used to be on Route 40 in Ellicott City.  Come see Willie the Whale, Mother Goose and the Old Woman’s Shoe among other attractions.  Also visit our 1¼ acre ENCHANTED FOREST Pine Tree Maze.  Cut out of our pine tree forest, our maze has interesting twists and turns and fun stations along the way. Open March 30 to November 3  Tuesday thru Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM  (Also open Easter Monday, Memorial Day and Labor Day and all Mondays in October) Admission:  $5.00 per person  (Under 12 months of age is free)  www.clarklandfarm.com

PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE, NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-497-5760, patuxent@fws.gov. Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the National Wildlife Visitor Center, North Tract Contact Station and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.   The National Wildlife Visitor Center is one of the largest science and environmental education centers in the Department of the Interior.  The refuge offers interactive educational exhibits designed to provide visitors with knowledge and appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the earth’s vital resources, educational programs for groups and families (scheduled in advance) as well as hiking trails, interpretive tram tours, wildlife viewing opportunities and wildlife management demonstration areas.  For specific information regarding student trips and curriculum based educational opportunities contact Dennis Hartnett at 301-497-5898.  http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! BALTIMORE, 301 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 443-615-7078, Baltimore@ripleys.com. Located in the heart of the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Come see over 10,000 square feet of the odd and weird world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not … where truth is stranger than fiction! Ripley’s has a fabulous collection of unusual artifacts and artwork from around the world. Also, there are over 100 interactives, a 4D moving theatre and the marvelous mural maze. Educational packets, team building games and scavenger hunts can be provided upon request. www.ripleys.com/baltimore.

TOP OF THE WORLD OBSERVATION LEVEL, The World Trade Center, 27th Floor, 401 E. Pratt Sreet, Baltimore, MD­ 21202, 410-837-VIEW  (8439), acarrick@promotionandarts.org.  There’s only one place to really see all of Baltimore…..that’s at the Top of the World Observation Level!  The world’s tallest pentagonal building is home to the only attraction in Baltimore where you can take in the breath-taking panoramic views of Charm City’s skyline, harbor and beyond.  Learn about  many Baltimore “Firsts,” city milestones and local landmarks, and most importantly about its people.   Come help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”  We are open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, closed Mondays & Tuesdays from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Please call or check our website for current hours and prices. www.VIEWBaltimore.org

 

MASSACHUSETTS

AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854, (978) 441-0400, info@athm.org. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, is nationally recognized for or its unique collections, programs, and exhibits celebrating the innovation, creativity, and human spirit that have defined our world. ATHM tells America’s story through the art, history, and science of textiles. In addition to its core exhibition and rotating special exhibitions, ATHM offers fun, engaging and relevant educational programs for students, Scouts and the public. ATHM also holds the world’s largest and most important publicly held collections of tools, spinning wheels, hand looms, and early production machines, as well as more than five million textiles. www.athm.org

BLUE ROCK GOLF RESORT, 39 Todd Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-398-6962, 800-237-8887.  Discover a peaceful oasis on Cape Cod with Blue Rock Golf Resort. Located in South Yarmouth, MA, Blue Rock Golf Resort features a championship par-3 golf course complete with large putting green, driving range, full-service pro shop and both adult and junior golf schools. Spacious guest rooms and suites have private deck or patio, mini-fridge, high-speed internet access, cable TV, and air conditioning. Amenities include heated outdoor pool and our on-site casual restaurant The Grill Room. Guests of Blue Rock Golf Resort have access to the private beaches, water sports, and spa at Red Jacket’s other Cape Cod resorts. www.redjacketresorts.com

BLUE WATER RESORT, 291 South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth, MA, 508-398-2288, 800-367-9393. Blue Water Resort offers comfortable, relaxing, beach front lodging on Cape Cod, MA. Cottages and multi-bedroom suites provide plenty of room for the whole family with cable TV, refrigerator and private balcony, patio or terrace.  Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, putting green, basketball court, seasonal Kids’ Klub, laundry, and a private, sandy beach. Ask about pet-friendly rooms. Great location for exploring the national seashore and the rich history of Cape Cod. Guests of Blue Water Resort also enjoy access to the amenities of our other Cape Cod resorts. www.redjacketresorts.com

GREEN HARBOR RESORT, 182 Baxter Avenue, West Yarmouth, MA 02673, 508-771-1126, 800-547-4733. Green Harbor Resort’s spacious, family-friendly rooms, cottages and townhouses offer all the conveniences of home with full resort amenities. Enjoy spacious living areas, full kitchen or kitchenette, and spectacular views. Some accommodations sleep up to 10. Our Kids’ Klub supervised seasonal recreational program offers daily activities with lawn games, nature walks, golf, and arts and crafts. Amenities include bikes, laundry, selection of pet-friendly rooms, and Weber grills. Resort guests have access to golf, water sports and spa services at our other Red Jacket Cape Cod resorts. www.redjacketresorts.com

PLYMOUTH’S BEST CRUISES, 77 Water Street, Mayflower II State Pier, Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-747-3434, info@pilgrimbellecruises.com. Why Choose us? Time for Fun.  Plymouth’s original Whale Watching operator since 1977 will take you in comfort to the feeding grounds of Humpback Whales and other Mammals. Aboard this 100’ boat you can enjoy viewing on one of the two open decks, or in our enclosed lounge that serves your favorite food and drink. We are known for our friendly crew and naturalist. Sightings guaranteed! Also offering specialty cruises, charters and group discounts. Our vessel provides maximum visibility and comfort and our quality of staff ensures a quality on-the-water experience. Enjoy the cruise on the open decks or lounge in the climate-controlled main cabin. Your comfort is assured with complete galley service offering food and your favorite beverages. Your captains and crew bring you more than three decades of experience. Call for departure times. To sum it up... You are just going to have more fun traveling with us. www.plymouthsbestcruises.com.

RED JACKET BEACH RESORT, 1 South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-398-6941, 800-672-0500. Red Jacket Beach Resort is a family-friendly, full-service resort and spa with private ocean beach, water sports, tennis court, two outdoor swimming pools, seasonal Kids’ Klub, and family-oriented activities. Family rooms offer main room with two queen beds, two TVs and a sleeping alcove with pocket door. Guests enjoy access to the amenities of any of our Cape Cod resorts. Conveniently located in Yarmouth, MA, Red Jacket Beach Resort is close to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA, the National Seashore, and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Ask about pet-friendly rooms. www.redjacketresorts.com

RIVIERA BEACH RESORT, 327 South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-398-2273, 800-227-3263. Riviera Beach Resort has fun for the whole family with a beautiful private beach, heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and an outdoor zero-entry swimming pool with tunnel, fountains and a giant mushroom waterfall. Climate controlled suites with private balcony or porch boast spacious living area, cable TV, refrigerator, and high-speed wireless internet access. Ocean-front efficiencies available. Seasonal Kids’ Klub features engaging, informative activities such as arts and crafts, science, magic, and sand sculpting. Resort guests have access to golf, water sports and spa services at our other Red Jacket Cape Cod resorts. www.redjacketresorts.com

 

MICHIGAN 

FRANKENMUTH BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT, 713 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, 800-228-2742. We Specialize in Teaching Through Fun and Interactive Experiences offering fun & educational experiences including Strudel Making, Pretzel Rolling, German School Luncheons and Agricultural Tours.  Teachers, group leaders, and kids of all ages love Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth because no other destination in Michigan offers more fun, delicious food, and learning per square foot! (We've measured.) So whether you're planning an afternoon field trip for your group, or a Scout gathering of 1,000 giggling girls, we can put together an extraordinary event just for you. www.bavarianinn.com.

KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49078, (269) 349-7775, michelles@kiarts.org. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers free gallery tours that are engaging, interactive and meet Common Core and other current educational standards. Groups can add a hands-on art experience for a nominal fee. Special themed tours are also available by request. In addition to tours, the KIA offers a wide variety of family programs, an interactive gallery, and an art library as well as high-quality art classes and workshops. www.kiarts.org.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

FOX RIDGE RESORT, 1979 White Mountain Highway (Rte. 16), North Conway, NH 03860, 603-356-3151, 800-343-1804. Fox Ridge Resort’s comfortable accommodations include family-size rooms and efficiency suites featuring in-room refrigerators, cable TV, and high-speed wireless internet access. Outdoor pool surrounded by stunning mountain views, heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, game room with arcade favorites, pool table and air hockey, nine hole mini golf course, and shaded playground. Access to Kahuna Laguna indoor water park at nearby Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. Convenient location in North Conway, NH close to hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and whitewater rafting in the White Mountains. www.redjacketresorts.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW RESORT, 2251 White Mountain Highway (Rte. 16), North Conway, NH 03860, 603-356-4111, 800-RJACKET. Explore nature’s beauty in the White Mountains, and relax and unwind at Red Jacket’s Mountain View Resort. Spacious guest rooms and two-bedroom townhouses offer a variety of amenities including high-speed internet access, cable TV, and in-room refrigerator. Guests enjoy the Aloha Arcade room, well-equipped fitness room, Kahuna Laguna 40,000 sq. ft. indoor water park, laundry, lounge with live entertainment, reading room with afternoon tea, playground, and full-service spa. Both full-service restaurant and casual grill. Ask about pet-friendly rooms. Free charging station for electric vehicles. www.redjacketresorts.com

 

NEW JERSEY

Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 921-6748 x102, eve@princetonhistory.org. The Historical Society of Princeton offers museum and walking tours at two unique sites: Bainbridge House, located on the town’s historic thoroughfare, and Updike Farmstead, situated in the heart of the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement. www.princetonhistory.org

HOT SAND, Glass Studio on the Jersey Shore, 550 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, 732-927-5475, Bonnie@HotSandAP.com. Hot Sand, the only glass studio on the Jersey Shore, has been welcoming groups on educational field trips for the past 7 years. We offer a wide range of fun, interactive, educational glass activities to teach every age about its art, science and history. With an array of group packages to give the opportunity to have a personal experience with glass, appropriate to their age. Each group is given a thorough explanation of the history of glass, their equipment, tools, and the entire process start to finish of their piece of work. Students 9 yrs+ can opt for a blown glass experience. www.HotSandAP.com

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, 354 Great Meadows Road, Hope, NJ 07844. Warren County, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 295, Hope, NJ 07844, 908-459-9000. A Teacher designed and built the Land of Make Believe specifically to excite the imagination and make learning fun. A Dairy Farm was transformed into a magical “Land” to incorporate Fun with Learning. Lesson plans can be created to incorporate learning about Old McDonald’s interactive Farm, 1748 Jenny Jump House and Legend, Fossils & Gems 1890’s Mining Co., Hayride through nature, 1863 C.P. Huntington Train built in Patterson, NJ that helped to build the Trans-Continental Rail Road. Land of Make Believe has everything for a Safe, Inexpensive, Fun-filled, Educational group trip. For more info on planning a day trip to our park, contact us at 908-459-5100. www.Lomb.com.

MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, (973) 538-2404 ext 16, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. Located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an 1810 house with period rooms, exhibit galleries and historic gardens, featuring the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast. http://www.maccullochhall.org.

MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES (MAC), 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-5404, info@capemaymac.org. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted non-profit organization that promotes the restoration, interpretation and cultural enrichment of greater Cape May for its residents and visitors. With a membership of more than 3,200, a paid staff of 160 and some 300 volunteers, MAC offers a year-round calendar of tours and special events that serves more than 300,000 people each year. Through its sponsorship of cultural and heritage tourism, MAC has helped transform Cape May from a "summer only" beach resort to the country's leading Victorian theme destination. www.capemaymac.org.

MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 924-8144 x100, info@morven.org. Built by Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven has stood witness to history for over 250 years. His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, was a prolific poet who named their house "Morven" after a mythical Gaelic kingdom in the epic poems of Ossian. Four more generations of Stocktons resided at Morven through the early 20th century. Although all made significant contributions to their community, Commodore Robert Stockton (1795-1869) became particularly well known as a United States naval hero and President of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. General Robert Wood Johnson, Chairman of Johnson and Johnson, was the first non-family member to reside at Morven (1928-1944). He was followed by five New Jersey governors when Morven served as the state’s first Governor’s Mansion (1945-1981). www.morven.org.

OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ, (609) 396-1776. The Old Barracks serves as an educational center for Colonial and American history, and stands as the last remaining structure of its kind. The Old Barracks staff provides daily tours and interpretations of American colonial life. The Old Barracks Museum offers unique, effective programs based on sound educational and historical research, designed to meet New Jersey social studies curriculum guidelines and provoke critical thought. On site, recreated barracks and hospital rooms provide an authentic backdrop to our acclaimed living history programs. Experience another dimension to history as you and your students interact with Living History interpreters in our exciting "Meet the Past" programs. Enter the world of 1777 and share the trials, tribulations, and joys of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.  www.barracks.org.

TUCKERTON SEAPORT & BAYMEN’S MUSEUM, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton NJ 08087, 609-296-8868, info@tuckertonseaport.org. Come Explore the World of the Real Jersey Shore! The Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction, in the heart of historic Tuckerton NJ, brings the Jersey Shore’s maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. Discover the Jersey Shore’s unique maritime heritage and the interaction between culture and nature on the Barnegat Bay. Experience the rich traditions of the Jersey Shore and its Baymen through the Seaport’s recreated and historic buildings, demonstrations, exhibits, events, festivals, live aquatic displays and more. Decoy carvers, boat builders, basket makers, and baymen entertain, educate and delight visitors of all ages. Stroll the 3/4 mile boardwalk and experience life on the Tuckerton “Crik.” Identify birds and plants on our 1/4 mile nature trail. Tour our site and view garveys, sneakboxes, yachts, and party boats displayed on land and water. www.tuckertonseaport.org.

WETLANDS INSTITUTE, 1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, 609-368-1211, education@wetlandsinstitute.org. Join us at The Wetlands Institute once a month for a 2-hour interactive lesson or throughout the year for longer specialized Family Field Trips and Student Workshops! We offer one Homeschool Program each month on the first Friday of every month from 1-3 pm until May 3, 2014. Each monthly lesson includes classroom instruction, outdoor activities, scientific experiments and exploration (even homework!) We use hands-on methods to reinforce students’ abilities in not only science but also math, language arts, and social studies. During the monthly lesson and/or longer specialized field trips or student workshops, children of all ages are taught together and we emphasize multi-age learning and peer assistantship. The ages of our students range from 5 to 13 years. Younger students experiencing a lesson for the first time learn the basics of the topic and students with some previous experience build upon their knowledge. All of our homeschool lessons will occur rain or shine, hot or cold! Please have children dress for the weather and be prepared to go outside in rain, snow or sunshine. http://wetlandsinstitute.org/education/homeschool-programs/.

 

NEW YORK

BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524, (845) 265-3638, info@boscobel.org. Boscobel House and Gardens is situated in scenic Garrison, New York, in the heart of the Hudson River Valley area. Boscobel House, built between 1804-1808, is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country and contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. With knowledgeable docents guiding you on the tour, individuals and groups of all ages and interests will be sure to be enlightened and entertained. A great day at Boscobel always includes time spent walking through its beautiful gardens and grounds. Boscobel is experienced in organizing special programs for students of all ages. Programs for kindergartners have focused on daily life of the early 19th century, while high school students have engaged with the Loyalist and Patriot themes of the Revolutionary War. For more information about structured educational programs for students, please visit Boscobel.org.

BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218, 716-827-1584, events@buffalogardens.com. Designed by Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses, this Victorian conservatory opened in 1900. The unique tri-domed glass, wood and steel design was based upon the famous Crystal Palace in Kew Gardens Palm House in England. The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. The Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. Mission Statement: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. www.buffalogardens.com

BUFFALO NIAGARA HERITAGE VILLAGE, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst NY 14228, 716-689-1440. info@bnhv.org. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is a living history museum focusing on 19th century life on the Niagara Frontier. Experience history in our historic village which includes several historic homes, 2 one-room schoolhouses, a rural church and a blacksmith's shop, all from the Buffalo Niagara region. The museum also has a large exhibit building containing several rotating and permanent exhibits. To find out more about the exhibits please visit www.BNHV.org.

FROST VALLEY YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725, (845)985-2291, info@frostvalley.org. Each Frost Valley YMCA trip can be tailored to meet the needs of your learners and your curriculum. Frost Valley’s 5,500 acre camp—complete with an observatory, raptor center, apple orchard, scenic hiking trails, zipline, and more—is the ideal environment for your homeschool field trip. Your group has the option to coordinate your own self-led classes or to utilize the guidance of Frost Valley’s experienced instructors, who teach classes including water ecology, geology, orienteering, wildlife ecology, astronomy, and more. Recreational opportunities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, hiking, arts & crafts, boating, and more. Frost Valley also facilitates teambuilding and personal growth through problem-solving games, adventure courses, a climbing wall, zipline, low ropes courses, and other challenges. Learning happens naturally at Frost Valley YMCA! http://www.frostvalley.org/school-programs/.

Great Swamp Conservancy, Inc., 8375 North Main Street, Canastota, NY 13032, (316) 697-2950, greatswampconservancy@gmail.com. The Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC) is located on approximately 150 acres of restored wetlands, grasslands, and upland habitats.  It features nearly 5 miles of well-groomed trails that are open from dawn to dusk year-round.  In the winter, cross country skis and snowshoes are available to rent.  The GSC hosts a few major events each year including the Spring and Fall Migration Festivals, the Halloween Fun Days, and an Easter Egg Hunt, along with many various educational programs on weekends.  Each year the GSC offers field trips to hundreds of local students, and is always trying to create and improve the programs. The GSC is truly a hidden treasure of Madison County. www.greatswampconservancy.org

HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM, Allan Herschell Company Factory Building, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, 716-693-1885, info@carrouselmuseum.org.  For directions and further information about special events, programs, or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org.

HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK, 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave NY 12043, 518-296-8900, reception@howecaverns.com. Explore the Great Cave at Howe Caverns! Your students will learn about geology, natural history, regional history and earth science. A field trip to Howe Caverns is the perfect complement to your classroom curriculum and a fun day to remember. An experienced tour guide will help your students negotiate the cave and learn more about the magnificent limestone stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and cave conservation. A field trip to Howe Caverns exposes students to aspects of the natural world they simply can’t experience anywhere else. For special student group rates and reservations, please call 518-296-8900 or e-mail reception@howecaverns.com. Visit www.howecaverns.com for more information.

LAKE GEORGE STEAMBOAT COMPANY, P.O. Box 551 or 57 Beach Road, Lake George, NY, 12845, (518) 668-5777 ext. 4, info@lakegeorgesteamboat.com. We operate three tour ships on Lake George, each equipped with restrooms, snack bar, and gift shop. Our 13 daily cruises cover every part of the lake and our trips range from 1 hour to 2 hours to 4.5 hours in length. On each of our trips the captains offer a narration during the trip detailing the history, ecology, and geology of the lake as well as the history of the various mansions, islands, and other spots of interest along the shores of Lake George. www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710, (866) 243-0770, westchester@legolanddiscoverycenter.com.  Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and see New York's top landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience our indoor soft play and score big on our LEGO rides. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is perfect for the biggest fans of LEGO families! Come for special programs for homeschoolers.  Visit www.LegoLandDiscoveryCenter.com/Westchester

NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR, 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor NY 12553, 845-561-1765. An historic site which commemorates Purple Heart recipients, this interactive museum tells its story through images, artifacts, videotaped interviews and the Roll of Honor, a computerized database of over 170,000 Purple Heart recipients. Group programs for 10 or more participants are available by reservation only, and can be made by calling Peter Bedrossian, Program Director at the site number above. There is a $3.00 per participant fee for group programs. The Hall offers “Soldiers Across Time” a student-centered program that involves the students observing, analyzing, and discussing American military experience from the Civil War through the current Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) in the context of the Purple Heart. Uniforms, equipment and the Roll of Honor are used to provide a “hands on”, interactive experience. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00. www.thepurpleheart.com

SEABREEZE PARK, 4600 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622, (585)323-1900, info@seabreeze.com. Visit Seabreeze Park – located between Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.  It’s the Finger Lakes Region’s #1 summertime family fun destination. Enjoy the excitement of four roller coasters, a classic wooden carousel, thrill rides, plenty of stuff just for the younger kids, a midway of food and games, outstanding live entertainment, plus a waterpark complete with a wave pool, tube slides, body flumes, a special kiddie section, a variety of educational programs and more.  Come get your summer at Seabreeze. www.seabreeze.com.

USS SLATER, P O Box 1926 (Broadway & Quay Street), Albany, New York 12201, 518-431-1943, info@ussslater.org. During World War II Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies.  In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks.  Today only one remains afloat in America.  Step back in time.  Return to 1945 aboard the USS SLATER. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk the decks where hundreds of sailors have walked before.  _USS SLATER is a National Historic Landmark. www.ussslater.org.

WARRENSBURGH MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY, 3754 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY, 518-623-2207 Free admission/parking.  The Development of an Adirondack Mountain mill town from frontier farms to Victorian mansions.Exhibits and material for pre-schoolers to adults: farming,  logging, water-power dams, architecture tools, industry, sports, toys, quilts, apparel, soldiers, sailors, heroes. whs12885.org.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

AIRBORNE & SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 29301, 910-643-2778, info@asomf.org. The U.S. Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers from the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. The museum preserves forever the extraordinary feats performed by the Army’s Airborne, and their brothers in arms, the Special Operations Forces, all who jump from the sky into battle. Walk through the streets of war‐torn Normandy village and see a glider delivering a jeep into battle, hear troopers exiting a UH‐1 helicopter in Vietnam, watch the rooftops as soldiers and an MH‐6 “Little Bird” rescue Kurt Muse in Panama, witness troops defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information call (910) 643-2778 or visit the website at www.asomf.org.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WILMINGTON, 116 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, (910) 254-3534, info@playwilmington.org. The Children's Museum of Wilmington stimulates children's imagination, curiosity and love of learning. Our Museum celebrates the joys of childhood by providing magical and playful experiences for children of all ages. The Museum serves children ages 1-10 and their adult company. Our goal is for all our visitors to learn amazing things about themselves and the world where we live through informal, playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences. In our warm and inviting environment, children find ample opportunities to explore and better understand the arts, sciences, culture and more through engaging exhibits and programs. www.playwilmington.org.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WINSTON-SALEM, 390 South Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101, 336-723-9111. info@childrensmuseumofws.org. The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem opened its doors in November 2004 with the mission “to create a compelling destination for our community to play and learn by experiencing literature, storytelling and the arts”. The museum’s target audience is children ages 0-8 and their families, caregivers and educators. The museum welcomes 70,000 visitors a year through family visits, field trips and numerous programming and outreach efforts. Home School Educators are free with an ID from any home school association or educational group and children receive a discounted rate of $3 each for admission Tuesday-Friday. ChildrensMuseumofWS.org.

 

OHIO

AKRON FOSSILS & SCIENCE CENTER, 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, OH 44321, (330) 665-3466, info@akronfossils.com. Akron Fossils and Science Center is a small, hands-on museum and park that presents evidence of a young earth through the intelligent design and creation science models of origins, while critically analyzing evolution and naturalistic theories. Come learn about fossils, dinosaurs, life sciences, and history in an interactive and fun environment. Don’t forget to visit our live animals and ride the zipline! www.akronfossils.com.

CANOE CREATION, 6400 Cutler Lake Road, Blue Rock, OH, 740-674-4403, al@canoecreation.org. Christ-Centered Mobile Camping Ministry: Christian Education Camps & Retreats for home school, youth & family groups.  Guided River Floats.  River Retreats.  Youth Group Events.  Family Group Trips. Days and Overnights. Creation Studies. Dad & Son Floats. Fees based on length of trip. Group rates available. canoecreation.org.

 

HOWER HOUSE, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304, (330) 972-6909, howerhouse@uakron.edu. An 1871 Victorian mansion built in the Second Empire Halianate style. This was home to the Hower Family for over 100 years and is filled with exquisite furnishings and treasures from around the world. This home was build for John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower by architect Jacob Snyder. Open February through December. Closed on major holidays. Call for availability. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-3:30 pm. (Last tour at 3:00 pm). Group tours by appointment. Cellar Door Store gift shop open during tour times. www.howerhouse.org.

KELTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN, a service of the Junior League of Columbus, 586 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614.464.2022, keltonhouse@cs.com. The Kelton House is an Underground Railroad site documented by Ohio Underground Railroad Association. One particular runaway, Martha Hartway, was sheltered by Kelton family for ten years.  Our educational program provides a unique learning experience that brings to life the fearsome challenges faces by fugitive slaves and their protectors. Program includes tour, readings, academic exercises, and dramatic presentations in a recreated “secret hiding place.” Our goal is to develop understanding and empathy in today’s children so they will respect the multi-racial efforts that saved the lives of innumerable fugitive slaves at a turning-point in America’s history. www.keltonhouse.com.

VICTORIA THEATRE ASSOCIATION, 138 N. Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402, 937-228-7591 ext. 3039, Elaine.stoughton@victoriatheatre.com. Through The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series, the stage becomes a classroom–a place where theatre professionals partner with educators and parents to ignite students’ quest to discover more about the world and their place in it. Integrating the arts with other academic subjects, Discovery performances are held in the historic Victoria Theatre and annually reach nearly 30,000 students. The Discovery Series features professionally produced theatre productions designed to assist educators and students in meeting the Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards and Benchmarks. Students and teachers can download detailed study guides to enhance their theatre experience both before and after the performance. Workshops for students and teachers by theatre professionals add to the extensive opportunities offered by The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series. http://www.victoriatheatre.com/education-engagement/about-education/

 

PENNSYLVANIA

AMERICAN HELICOPTER.MUSEUM, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, Pa 19380, 610-436-9600, info@americanhelicopter.museum. The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is a non-profit organization that collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft.  As the premier helicopter museum in the country it focuses on the science and technology of vertical flight to educate and inspire all generations.  www.americanhelicopter.museum.

BERKS COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER, 1102 Red Bridge Rd., Reading PA 19605, 610-374-8839, cwegener@countyofberks.com.  The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical interpretive complex commemorating important eras of our cultural history.  The Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, Wertz's Covered Bridge, Melcher's Grist Mill, Deppen Cemetery, Bicentennial Eagle Memorial, Police and Veteran's Memorial, Doctor's Grove, the Distlefink and a salad and herb garden are all encompassed within the Heritage Center. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm. Groups – please call for reservation. www.countyofberks.com/parks.

BERKS HISTORY CENTER OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF BERKS COUNTY, 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA  19601, 610.375.4375, education@berkshistory.com. The Berks History Center is an educational center that serves to engage and excite our community by interpreting its unique past to understand the present and inspire the future.  Founded in 1869, the museum and library, located in Reading, Pa., holds a vast collection of objects, paintings, research materials and much more.  Preserve.  Educate.  Inspire. www.berkshistory.com.

BERRY FIELDS FARM, 138 Berry Lane, New Albany, PA 18833, 570-924-3019, gerlach@epix.net. Berry Fields Farm is a sustainable, diversified, organic, small working farm. We provide an interactive experience for families stay on the farm and join in farm activities. Our guest houses are fully furnished and can accompany up to 16. We also have opportunities to experience maple sugar production, food preservation techniques, and bread baking. www.berryfieldfarm.net.

BRADFORD COUNTY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION, 231 Gate 2 Lane PO Box 265, Troy, Pa. 16947, 570-297-3410. info@troyfarmmuseum.org. Farm Museum and Historic Village consisting of One Room School House, Children’s Church, Sugar Shack, Barber Shop, Carriage Building, Historic Inn reflecting over 200 yrs of local farm and home heritage. Displays of large and small farm machinery, tools, blacksmith shop, tin shop, general store, Grange, Game Commission artifacts, farm kitchen, large collection model tractors, flax demonstrations, fair history and so much more. Home of the Pa Heritage Festival the third weekend in Sept.  which is full of demonstrations, crafts, entertainment.  www.troyfarmmuseum.org

BUCKS COUNTY CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, 32 North Broad Street at Garden Alley, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-340-7164, civilwarmuseumdoylestown@gmail.com. The Civil War Library and Museum in Doylestown is a treasure trove of artifacts and information on the conflict that nearly tore America into two parts. With prior arrangement, our uniformed docents share their comprehensive knowledge about the collection with groups of students. The library contains nearly 1,400 books available for research. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. civilwarmuseumdoylestown.org.      

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. For all the things you don’t want to try at home, Carnegie Science Center offers a variety of hands-on science workshops – from physics to astronomy and chemistry – to help parents as they deliver a hands-on approach to those tricky science concepts. Curious kids can discover, experiment, laugh, and learn with other young scientists while exploring science and technology careers. Have an excitement-packed adventure with a state-of-the-art full-dome digital planetarium, a four-story IMAX® Dome theater, explosive live science demonstrations, and the first historic submarine, the USS Requin, to incorporate interactive technology. Expand your experience with a science sleepover! CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

CHACKO'S FAMILY BOWLING CENTER, 195 North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570.208.BOWL (2695), Chackos@ptd.net (Bowling Center), Kchacko@ptd.net (Groups).  Featuring: 40 Synthetic AMF Lanes; Computerized Scoring; Junior, Adult, and Senior Leagues; Automatic Bumpers for Children's Bowling. Chacko's Family Bowling Center is ideal for children's birthday parties, and other events.  www.chackosfamilybowlingcenter.com.  

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, 511 Spruce Street, Suite #8, Clearfield, PA 16830,  (814) 765-5734, ccrta@visitclearfieldcounty.org. Need to get away from all of the hustled and bustle arrive in the backwoods. backroads. backwaters. and chose from a variety of adventures or just relax and revive in Clearfield County. Located half way to everywhere, this is one location you will want to repeat! www.visitclearfieldcounty.org.

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-448-1200, reservations@fi.edu. We have FUN down to a science! Explore three floors of interactive exhibits including The Giant Heart, Changing Earth and the newest exhibit Your Brain (opens June 14)!Take a ride on the indoor SkyBike and see explosive, live science shows! Catch a film in the 5-story tall IMAX®, have a multi-sensory experience in the 3D theater, or travel to faraway galaxies in the Planetarium. We also offer Homeschool workshops for students aged 7 to 14 monthly during the school year.  Plan your visit today to Pennsylvania’s most visited museum! Fun for all ages! http://www2.fi.edu/programs/home-school/index.php

HARRISBURG RIVERBOAT (PRIDE OF THE SUSQUEHANNA), City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-234-6500, info@harrisburgriverboat.com. The Susquehanna River School is a reflection of the Riverboat Society’s community service commitment to educating people about our river as an important Natural Treasure. By attending the River School, individuals and groups can help ensure that more local children and adults are afforded the unique opportunity to get out on the Susquehanna and learn about our great river, its historical importance, its vast ecological significance and the growing need for good stewardship by all. www.HarrisburgRiverboat.com.

HERR’S SNACK FACTORY TOUR, 271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, PA 19362, 800-637-6225, info@herrs.com. It’s fun.  It’s free.  Come try chips fresh off the line. Your friendly tour guide is waiting to tell you fun facts like what makes a great chipping potato or how tortilla chips get their seasoning.  Call for your reservation today. www.herrs.com.

HOME TEXTILE TOOL MUSEUM, PO Box 153, Rome, PA 18837, 570-247-7175, info@httm.org. The Home Textile Tool Museum is like no other museum. Not only can you see old spinning wheels, looms and tools of early America being used as they were 150 years ago, you can touch, and even try using them yourself (under safe and friendly supervision). Our purpose is to preserve and rekindle an interest in making things ourselves by hand. www.hometextiletoolmuseum.org.

INDIANA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, (877) 746-3426, info@VisitIndianaCountyPA.org. Come for Learning. Take Home an Experience in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Start your adventure in “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World” by learning about the process of growing Christmas trees, or learn about history at the Blairsville Underground Railroad History Center. Indiana, the birthplace and childhood home of film icon Jimmy Stewart, offers a Museum and the town of Smicksburg hosts guests at an Amish Wedding Feast. Additional interactive programs include visiting a pottery studio, participating in environmental programs or stepping into a replica of a medieval castle. For details: (877) 746-3426. Free backpack to each student! www.VisitIndianaCountyPA.org.

JONES GEOLOGICAL SERVICES, 2223 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove, PA  17362, 717-887-7103, jonesgeo@comcast.net. Specialize in providing geological and astronomical programs to all ages.  Programs can be custom made to suit your needs including earthquakes, volcanoes, dinosaurs, minerals, fossils and rocks.  We conduct field trips that have a specific theme (fossil collecting, for example) or a general field trip in your area.  www.jonesgeo.com.

JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT TINICUM, USFWS, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215-365-3118, johnheinznwr@fws.gov. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a green respite nestled within the urban setting of the city of Philadelphia. Refuge lands are a thriving sanctuary teeming with a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants native to the Delaware Estuary. Healthy and productive expanses of freshwater tidal marsh, open waters, mudflats, and forests support the hundreds of species that breed, rear their young, rest during migration, and call the refuge home year-round. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/.

JULIUS STURGIS PRETZEL BAKERY, 219 E Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-626-4354, info@juliussturgis.com. Step back into 1861 at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery to learn the centuries old art of pretzel making. Discover how pretzels got their start right here in Lititz, PA at America’s First Pretzel Bakery! Get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting and watch our bakers craft soft-pretzels by hand. Guests receive a sample of our crispy pretzels on our hands-on 25 minute tour, suited for all ages. Visit our bakery store for steaming fresh soft pretzels and pretzels treats of many styles and flavors, along with unique pretzel-themed gifts. www.juliussturgis.com.

MUSEUM OF INDIAN CULTURE, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, PA 18103, 610-797-2121, info@museumofindianculture.org. The Museum of Indian Culture is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to presenting, preserving, and perpetuating the history and cultural heritage of the Northeastern Woodland Indians and other American Indian tribes. We accomplish that mission through guided tours of rotating exhibits, special events and workshops, and educational outreach programs. Join us on June 21, 2014, for Native American Heritage Day, a day camp event just for kids featuring hands-on primitive skills workshops. Pre-registration is required. www.museumofindianculture.org.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER, 3427 Lincoln Highway E. Paradise, PA  17562,  (717) 442-7950, heidi@nationalchristmascenter.com. Family Attraction/Museum: We are more than you EXPECT! Life-sized indoor exhibits capture the magic of Christmas throughout the year! "Journey to Bethlehem", TudorTowne animated storybook village, Toyland Train Mountain, 1950’s Woolworth's; 15 galleries showcasing memories, history, traditions & more!  www.NationalChristmasCenter.com.

NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19013, 1-888-542-7678, liberty@libertymuseum.org. The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving freedom and democracy by fostering good character and understanding for all people through education. We invite you to explore our exhibits of glass art and heroes from around the world that show the strength and fragility of democracy and recognize the role each person plays in safeguarding our freedom. We are especially interested in providing school communities with the tools they need to effectively prevent bullying and violence. To this end, our themed tours and workshops offer anti-bullying skills that students and teachers alike can take back to the classroom and playground. We also offer seasonal professional development for educators focused on ending bullying and violence in schools. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-6pm. Closed Mondays during the school year. Follow Us! Facebook: National Liberty Museum; Twitter: @LibertyMuseum; Instagram: NationalLibertyMuseum. www.libertymuseum.org.

OLD MILL VILLAGE MUSEUM, 5774 State Route 848, P.O. Box 434, New Milford, PA 18834, 570-434-2303. For information and scheduling tours: Contact Cindy at (570) 278-3199 or cindyspoon@frontier.com; Wayne at (570) 434-2303 or waynerf_18820@yahoo.com. We are the only Living History Museum in Susquehanna county. Our purpose is to bring the past back to today’s youth so they can see how people lived and worked. We have programs thru out the summer months geared to this mission. oldmillvillage.org.

PEARL S. BUCK HOUSE, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944, 215-249-0100, info@pearlsbuck.org. The Pearl S. Buck House is the home of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Pearl S. Buck.  Situated on 68-acres, the National Historic Landmark site features award-winning gardens, walking trails, picnic areas, a Cultural Center, international gift shop and Pearl S. Buck’s gravesite. One-hour guided tours of the farmhouse estate include a presentation of her life and historical interpretations of her artifacts including the typewriter and desk she used to write The Good Earth. The Awards Room showcases her honors including the Nobel Prize. Discover educational resources at www.pearlsbuck.org/resources. Tours offered seven days a week. Visit www.pearlsbuck.org/house for information. 

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. Step back in time and experience everyday life on a circa 1800s working farm. Guides dressed in period clothing share the life of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived at this site in the 18th and 19th centuries. See original farm house, 1850s barn, spinning cabin, farm animals, heritage crafts and more. 2014 Schedule - Public Tours: June 21 through September 6; Also Saturdays 5/3, 5/10, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 9/13, 9/20, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26; Farm Animal Frolics - May 17, 18, May 24, 25; Harvest Festival - October 11 & 12; Old Time Christmas - December 6, 7, 13, 14. http://quietvalley.org/.

ROCK FORD PLANTATION, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-392-7223, rockfordmail@yahoo.com.   Rock Ford Plantation is the circa 1794 home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand. Rock Ford is a unique example of architectural survival. Over 90% of the historic fabric of the original house, including shutters, floors, glass and woodwork, is intact. The mansion remains remarkably preserved and essentially unchanged from the 18th Century. Rock Ford offers visitors an authentic example of refined country living as it existed during the early years of the Republic. Open for tours April-October, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. Please visit our website for admission prices as well as special events throughout the year.www.rockfordplantation.org.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE, 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-233-7755, info@tcmupstate.org. TCMU hosts 3-4 “Homeschool Days” annually. Each Homeschool Day includes admission to TCMU, 30-minute interactive lesson classroom lesson, and a post-visit activity to continue the learning at home.   The cost is $10 per child. 1 adult per family (or) 1 adult per every 5 children is free. Additional adults are $8 each. All lessons meet SC state education standards and are designed for homeschool children ages 5 to 9. Traditional schools are unable to visit on Homeschool Days. 1 adult per every 5 children is required. www.tcmupstate.org.

COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926, 843 689 6767, dbrut@coastaldiscovery.org. The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is an educational institution dedicated to fostering greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Educational programs are aligned to academic standards and engage students in hands-on, active learning. This majestic visitor friendly venue consists of salt marshes, open fields, stands of century’s old live oak trees, and a collection of some of the oldest buildings that exist on Hilton Head Island. www.coastaldiscovery.org.

LIVING HISTORY PARK, 299 West Spring Grove Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841, 803 279-7560, Lynn@colonialtimes.us. We offer six events a year, October: Colonial Times” A Day to Remember”, October “Spirits of Hallowed Eve”, Artisan’s fair in April, Colonial Times “Under the Crown” in June, Christmas in the Back Country in November and “Christmas for the Birds “in December.  In addition, we have the colonial demonstrations the Last Sat of the month January -November. (All are Free) March 23 is National Wild life day at the park 10 am to 2 pm Free. We also offer educational day in October before “A Day to Remember” to 4th grades and all homeschooler registration is required $5.00 per person (number is limited.) www.colonialtimes.us.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-898-4921, groupvisits@scmuseum.org. Visit our website for the Description of Homeschool programs offered by the South Carolina State Museum. http://www.scmuseum.org/educational_programs/Homeschools.aspx.

UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601. The Upcountry History Museum’s mission is to promote, present and preserve the history of Upcountry South Carolina through education, research and service. We offer interactive exhibits that explore the Upcountry, from its earliest history to present day. Join us this Spring and Summer for special events, family days, and our newest temporary exhibit, Uniquely Southern Folk Art, opening March 16th. For more information on our 2012-2013 Homeschool Days and field trip opportunities, contact Meg Pierson, homeschool coordinator at meg@upcountryhistory.org or (864) 467-3100, ext. 104. www.upcountryhistory.org.

 

VERMONT

LIBERTY HILL FARM, 511 Liberty Hill, Rochester, VT 05767, 802-767-3926, beth@libertyhillfarm.com. Farm Family Hospitality in the Heart of the Green Mountains. A Vermont farmstay with incredible home-cooked meals, genuine working dairy farm, and many friendly farm animals.  www.libertyhillfarm.com.

SOUTHERN VERMONT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, 7599 VT Route 9, West Marlboro, VT 05363, (802) 464 0048, museum@sover.net.  The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum houses the third largest collection of taxidermied native species in New England with over 250 types of bird and mammal represented in individualized dioramas.  The Museum also houses live birds of prey, native reptiles, fish and amphibians.  A large mineralogy display and numerous other exhibits are on-hand for self-guided examination.  Many homeschoolers enjoy the Museum’s Adaptation Scavenger Hunt Activity (handouts available by request).  Guided tours are offered at the museum and on the adjacent preserve for groups of all sizes, and customized educational programs are available both on and off-site. www.vermontmuseum.org.

 

VIRGINIA

GLENCOE MUSEUM & GALLERY, 600 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141, 540-731-5031, info.glencoe@gmail.com. Glencoe Museum & Gallery is housed in the former home of General Gabriel C. Wharton, CSA, and his wife Anne Rebecca. The museum offers visitors the chance to see life as it was in the late 19th century and also provides information on the history of Southwest Virginia, including the history of transportation and Mary Draper Ingles. The site also includes an art gallery and an authentic one room schoolhouse. We welcome group visits and can customize tours for individual needs and goals. There is no admission charge. Donations are welcome. www.glencoemuseum.org.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AND YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187,  (757) 253-4939, group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov. History is Fun for Homeschool Students. At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, your homeschool students will love discovering the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries while learning about their nation’s history. And you will love the variety of curriculum-based education programs offered for a range of grade levels – all taught by trained museum educators.  www.historyisfun.org/homeschool-program.htm.

MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS, PO Box 910, Saltville, VA 24370, 276-496-3633, museumoma@embarqmail.com. Step back in time to discover 30,000 years of the natural and cultural history of the Saltville Valley in the Middle Appalachians.  The exhibits include geology that explains why the salt is here; fossils that record a past life; Ice Age animals that once lived in the region; Native American culture of the Woodland period; a new story of the arrival of Europeans to the Appalachians; the history of the salt industry and its role in the Civil War; the growth and demise of a salt based chemical industry; modern day salt extraction; and a unique coastal ecology in a wetland 400 miles from an ocean.  www.museum-mid-app.org.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603, 757-886-7777, tourism-mailing@nngov.com. DISCOVER NEWPORT-NEWS.ORG. Discover ships, history, and the great outdoors in Newport News, Virginia! Walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad. Catch a touring Broadway show. Go eye-to-eye with a bald eagle. Spend the day hiking, biking, golfing, or fishing. Purchase our money-saving Combination Ticket to visit seven attractions for one low price! All this, plus Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. For a free Visitor Guide, go to www.newport-news.org or call 888-493-7386.

SHENANDOAH CAVERNS FAMILY OF ATTRACTIONS, 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns VA 22847, 540) 477-3115 or 1-888-4CAVERN, americancelebration@gmail.com. Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors since 1922. It is the only cavern in Virginia with elevator service. Visitors will see soaring rooms like Long View Hall and Grotto of the Gods, as well as variety of unique and intricate formations. After homeschoolers learn about earth science in the caverns, they can relive American history in a unique and exciting way at Main Street of Yesteryear and American Celebration on Parade. Then students can discover our agricultural heritage in the Yellow Barn. There's so much to see, all for one low price. Let the exploration begin! www.shenandoahcaverns.com.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY DISCOVERY MUSEUM, 54 South Loudoun Street (Spring of 2014: 19 W Cork Street), Winchester, VA 22601, 540-722-2020, education@discoverymuseum.net. In addition to the dynamic, interactive exhibits on the gallery floor, there is an abundance of programming to engage and inform visitors to the Discovery Museum. Weekends include our Visiting Artist series and Discovery Story Theater. With reservations, curricular programs can be scheduled for groups from preschool through middle school ranging from magnets, insects, the Moccasin Trail, economics, matter, simple machines, weather, fossils, physics, Virginia’s watershed and more. Always hands-on, fun and content rich it is an excellent way to enhance your child’s learning.  And if you’re looking for a special way to celebrate a birthday, consider holding it at the Discovery Museum. www.discoverymuseum.net

VIRIGINIA BEACH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, 1-800-VA-BEACH. The warm sun, sandy beaches and iconic oceanfront boardwalk of Virginia Beach entice families to “Live the Life.” This spring and summer, embark on a wildlife boat trip, climb to the treetops, dive into an underwater journey or explore history, and discover family friendly attractions that are as fun as they are educational! Virginia Beach is one place where lifelong learning begins. Live the Life in Virginia Beach. For more information, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.

 

 

 

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