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ALABAMA

MOBILE MEDICAL MUSEUM, 1664 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL  36604, 251-415-1109, admin@mobilemedicalmuseum.org?. 300 years of medical history from the shocking to the inspiring. Tours by appointment: Tue-Fri, 10 am-4 pm, $4 per student. www.mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-8269, jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org. Visit the Connecticut River Museum and explore the natural environment and human history of New England’s Great River. Take part in programs about river ecology, participate in science projects off our docks or on one of the Museum’s vessels; use simple machines and discover the past through documents and artifacts. Take a cruise on the River and maybe see an eagle! Discover New England’s Great River at the Connecticut River Museum! Take part in science and social studies workshops. Use art, artifacts and primary documents to dive into amazing stories like Bushnell’s Turtle and the British Raid on Essex. Explore transportation history and how people use natural resources. Experiment with pollution and conservation in a wet lab or take a boat cruise up the River to explore the spectacular ecosystem of the lower tidal valley. The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. Museum based and outreach programs available. ctrivermuseum.org. www.facebook.com/ctrivermuseum.

CONNECTICUT TROLLEY MUSEUM, 58 North Road, East Windsor, CT 06088, 860-627-6540, office@ceraweb.org. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era. Our beautifully restored antique trolley cars will take you on a three-mile round trip ride through the countryside. View our historic collection of over 70 pieces of trolley and railroading history. Teach the family how transpiration once was while experiencing it for yourself! End your visit with a self-guided tour of the Connecticut Fire Truck Museum, which houses the largest collection of antique fire fighting apparatus in New England! Pack a lunch and plan to spend the day. Sit at one of the picnic tables as you watch the trolleys arrive and depart from the North Road Station. www.ct-trolley.org.

NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, 860-623-3305, staff@neam.org. The New England Air Museum is committed to presenting the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has had on the way in which we live. We achieve this by: Preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts; Engaging our visitors through high-quality exhibits that help them understand aviation technology, history and the stories of the men and women who built, flew and made history with these famous machines; Inspiring students through our innovative and hands-on education programs delivered on-site and in schools that allow them to discover and reflect on aviation technology and history and its ties to social studies, science, geography and technical advancements. http://www.neam.org/

INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES, 38 Curtis Rd, PO Box 1260, Washington, CT. 06793, (860) 868-0518, education@iaismuseum.org. The Institute for American Indian Studies seeks to teach through educational programs based on unbiased historical research and interpretation. Programs are designed to be accurate and interactive, and to stimulate further interest in the wonder and diversity of the earth's many cultures, beginning with the indigenous peoples of the Americas. http://www.iaismuseum.org/.

THE SHORE LINE TROLLEY MUSEUM, 17 River Street, East Haven CT 06512-2519, 203-467-6927, office@shorelinetrolley.org. shorelinetrolley.org.

 

DC AREA

TIC SUMMER CAMP, 3715 Camelot Dr, Annandale, VA, 22003, 703 876 2868, jared@ticcamp.com.
Celebrating 35 years, TIC Summer Camp is the premier technology & sports day camp in the DC area. Not just your average computer camp, TIC offers a half day of sports for a good mind and body balance to the technology half of the day. Kids come to TIC not just to explore technology, but for personal attention (4:1 teaching ratio), excitement, choice, and creativity rarely found elsewhere. Four two-week summer sessions in which campers design their own project in one of the following: programming, film, animation, robotics, circuits, graphic design, photography or digital music. Sports include: soccer, basketball, volleyball, frisbee, crazy games, gaga; extra cost options in drama and tennis. Ages 7-16. Locations in DC, VA, MD.  www.ticcamp.com.

DELAWARE

DELAWARE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM AND VILLAGE, 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901, 302-734-1618, assist.damv@verizon.net. For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a corn sheller on her grandmother's farm, for the family who takes twentieth century technological advances and the farmer for granted; the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village offers a memorable and educational experience. By preserving the quickly fading agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, the Museum stands as an important legacy for future generations. Vision Statement: The Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village seeks to foster a society that understands the impact of agriculture on the shaping of our nation's history and its impact on our daily lives. www.agriculturalmuseum.org.

THE DELAWARE HISTORY MUSEUM, 504 North Market Street, Wilmington DE 19801, 302-655-7161, deinfo@dehistory.org. The Delaware History Museum opened in October 2016 after a year-long renovation. The museum now includes Delaware: One State, Many Stories, a comprehensive exhibition presented in a complementary dual format. Discover Delaware introduces a general overview of the state’s history from the 1600s to the present. Journey to Freedom features the history of African Americans from the first known African brought to Delaware by the Swedes in the 1600s called “Black Anthony,” to Delaware Poets Laureate, brothers Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills. The exhibition explores the complexity of geography and community that has shaped Delaware over hundreds of years. For example, Delaware is northern and southern, agricultural and industrial, rural and urban—a slave state and a key stop on the Underground Railroad. Delaware is host to events as venerable as the August Quarterly and different as Point-to-Point and Punkin Chunkin’. It is indeed one state with many stories. The exhibitions’ rich collection of objects, photographs, paintings, and documents present familiar history and aspects of Delaware’s past that are less well known, but no less important or intriguing. www.dehistory.org.

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY, GPS address is 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807, 302-658-2400, AskHagley@hagley.org. Hagley Museum is the site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company, founded in Delaware in 1802 and powered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is a place that inspires innovation, set on 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River. Here, for more than 200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American dream. For decades, Hagley has welcomed schoolchildren, from kindergarten to high school, for hands-on, experiential learning through science, technology, and history programs. Hagley is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Delaware and has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic Landmark, a National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. www.hagley.org.

MILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 210 Union Street, Milton, DE 19968, 302.684.1010, info@historicmilton.org. The Milton Historical Society is an educational and cultural institution which collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred in southern Delaware. Every year we reach over 2,500 visitors, local and tourist alike, and provide free educational programs for children. Our museum focuses on local industries—like canning, agriculture, and shipbuilding and is home to an operational button making machine, printing press and rope maker. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am- 4 pm; admission is free to all. We hope to see you soon! www.historicmilton.org.

RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS, 33546 Marketplace, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, 800-301-2133, delawareinfo@resortquest.com. Escape to Coastal Delaware for your next family beach adventure. This unique coastal area is home to pristine beaches, natural treasures, championship golf, tax-free shopping, world class tennis (including summer junior tennis camps), family amusements and so much more. With more than 800 privately-owned vacation rental homes in Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean View, Delaware, we can accommodate families and groups of all shapes and sizes with rentals ranging from oceanfront condos to spacious golf community homes sleeping up to 20. https://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/delaware?utm_source=homeschoolersguide.com&utm_campaign=spring-summer%20guide%20 %20print%20and%20web%20combo&utm_medium=referral.

THE PATCHWORK PLAYHOUSE, 140 E. Roosevelt Avenue, Dover, DE 19903, (302) 674-3568, kctginfo@kctg.org. The Kent County Theatre Guild is a community based not for profit theatre group that operates The Patchwork Playhouse, a 100-seat theatre in Dover, Delaware. Our performances could be used by homeschool participants to meet many of the standards set by the State of Delaware. Viewing our performances not only gives homeschool students the opportunity to be a part of the Arts as a patron but also gives them the opportunity to study the written word through performance. Our plays and musicals can be part of an English Language Arts, Social Studies, and/or Fine Arts curriculum. www.kctg.org.

UPPER BAY MUSEUM, 219 W. Walnut Street; P.O. Box 275, North East, MD 21901, info@upperbaymuseum.org. The Upper Bay Museum, located in the Community Park in North East, MD, houses a large collection of water related articles portraying the heritage of the Upper Chesapeake Bay area. The museum houses display of hunting, boating and fishing artifacts native to the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can trace the history of the waterfowl hunter through exhibits of outlawed gunning rigs and skillfully carved decoys. They can also follow the progress of Bay boating and fishing with many displays of model boats, nets and one of the country’s best collections of marine engines. From the serious market waterfowl hunter to the hardy commercial fisherman, watermen of every description have shaped the culture of this region. The officers and members of the Upper Bay Museum invite you to join us where this heritage has been and continues to be preserved for future generations. www.upperbaymuseum.org.

WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY OF THE DANCE, 1709 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806, 302-655-1004, info@wilmingtonballet.org. Does your little one twirl and whirl around the house? Does your older child want to start dancing or improve his or her dance technique over the summer? Wilmington Ballet offers five weeks of dance camp, incorporating ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, taught by professionally trained instructors with guest artists from New York City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Princess Camp for ages 3-5 is 9 am – noon during the weeks of July 10, July 17 and August 7. Camp for ages 6 and up is 10 am to 3 pm during the weeks of July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31. Before and after care is available. Call or visit our website for more information. www.wilmingtonballet.org/summer-program.

FLORIDA

ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDENS, 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, 407-647-6294, info@polasek.org. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, FL is dedicated to promote the legacy of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, and to enrich lives through the power of inspiration conveyed by his STORY, SETTING, and ART. It also hosts events like the Winter Park Paint Out and is available for weddings and meeting rentals. polasek.org.

AUDUBON CENTER FOR THE BIRDS OF PREY, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, Florida 32803, 407-644-0190, auduboneducation@yahoo.com. Education programs at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offer a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about Florida's raptors, conservation, and Florida natural history. With live bird ambassadors and hands-on activities, participants explore the relationship of people to their natural environment while discovering the role raptors play in our local ecosystems as well as how individuals can have a positive role in the environment. http://fl.audubon.org/education-4.

CAMP DOVEWOOD, 23221 101st Road, O'Brien, Florida 32071, 386 9350863 or 386 2091908, campdovewood@windstream.net. Camp Dovewood is a dynamic Christian interdenominational
camp for girls 7-17 in North Florida. We are an accredited camp (American Camping Association and CHA Certified Horsemanship Association) and excited to celebrate 40 years of helping girls polish their talents and find their niche. Not only do we offer 24 fun-filled activities like art, Bible, drama, cheerleading, archery gymnastics, cooking, photography, river rafting and swimming; but girls get to select seven out of 24 activities that they want to do each day. We have one of the best equestrian camps in the southeast. Girls enjoy English and western riding, dressage, vet care, grooming and stable management, rodeo riding, trail rides, and horse shows. We welcome you to visit Dovewood, e-mail us, or phone us. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.  Directors: Jim Richmond: Industrial Engineer Ga. Tech MBA Georgia State Roberta Richmond: BSED University of Georgia MAT Emory University Both Jim and Roberta are ordained ministers. Roberta Richmond: District Teacher of the Year Suwannee County. www.campdovewood.org.

LUBEE BAT CONSERVANCY, 1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32609, 352-485-1250, info@lubee.org. Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation and education, with a focus on children and community engagement. Lubee provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with fruit bats from around the world. Lubee houses 200 bats representing 10 different species, including the Malayan flying fox which can attain a wingspan of 6 feet. Standard Homeschool Tour ($5 student, $10 Adult). Tour includes an age appropriate PowerPoint that is aligned with Florida Standards, activities for hands on learning about bat adaptations, and a visit to the primary bat enclosures. Premium Homeschool Tour. ($20 a person). These tours incorporate a STEM curriculum and are only available upon request prior to scheduled tour date. Please Schedule Tours in Advance. www.lubee.org.

GEORGIA

PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER AT THE FORUM, 5135 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 930, Peachtreee Corners, Georgia 30092, 770-817-8118, forum@peterbrooke.com. Peterbrooke Day Camp “Be a Chocolatier for a Day “Dip, Decorate, and Package your very own delicious chocolate treats. Learn how to express your creativity with chocolate. Make a customized gift box. Contact our shop and reserve your date now as space is limited. We have day camp every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between May 30th through August 10th. Call store for more details. Cost is $50.00 per camper per day and includes lunch. This is a one day camp. www.peterbrookeforum.com.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER, 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901, 706-826-4700, sheart@knology.net. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, c. 1897, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features towering twin spires, graceful arches, 15 distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barrel-vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars. Free tours are available as well as a gift shop show casing local artists, gifts and accessories. www.SacredHeartAugusta.org.

ZOO ATLANTA, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta GA 30315 • 404-624-9453 (WILD), education@zooatlanta.org. There are over 1,000 animals from around the world that await you at Zoo Atlanta! Whether you’re looking for behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters, a View from Treetop Trail, or a Scaly Slimy Spectacular experience, Zoo Atlanta offers something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Bring yourself and your herd to Zoo Atlanta today! zooatlanta.org.

KENTUCKY

AVIATION HERITAGE PARK, 1825 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104, (270) 202-7248, aviationheritagepark@gmail.com. Visit the Newest Aviation Attraction in Kentucky! Honoring the Aviators of South Central Kentucky and their Aircraft. Call today and schedule your tour. Located at Basil Griffin Park - pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! http://aviationheritagepark.com.

LOUISVILLE ZOO, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213, 502-459-2181, zooeducation@louisvilleky.gov. Experience a world of possibilities when you bring your students to the Louisville Zoo! With new engaging classes, amazing up-close animal encounters, and guided walking tours of our award-winning exhibits, we invite you to join us for the unique experiences that will make your Zoo visit unforgettable. https://louisvillezoo.org/education/

TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY SUMMER ACADEMIC CAMPS, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, 859-233-8228, ctaraba@transy.edu. Transylvania University offers three residential academic camps and a one-week Robotics Day Camp in June, 2017. College Prep Camp (June 18-23) students prepare for the ACT/SAT tests and attend lectures from Transylvania professors on various issues. Introduction to Java Programming (June 18-23) students learn the Java programming language, attend lectures from Transylvania professors and attend lectures preparing for ACT/SAT test. Pi Development (Jun 11-16) students must have attended a Transylvania introductory computer programming camp or taken programming classes at their high school. This is an advanced class which will build on their previous computer experiences. Robotics Day Camp (June 26-30) students will be introduced to robot building and programming using Lego NXT kits. http://www.transy.edu/academics/summercamps

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, 443-214-5872, program@amaritime.org. Explore the Chesapeake Bay! Bring your class to AMM for a day of discovery. At AMM, children develop connections to the natural world with the outdoors as their classroom. The Annapolis Maritime Museum educates youth and adults about the Annapolis area's rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits, and community events. The Museum’s Education Center aims to construct a connection between people and the environment by leading fun hands-on activities that foster positive outdoor experiences and encourage critical thinking. https://amaritime.org/education/school-programs.

CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM, 213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, 410-745-2916, aspeight@cbmm.org. At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we are dedicated to teaching students about the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay’s communities and environment. Our hands-on programs and curriculum units are designed to inspire, challenge, and enlighten your students about the Chesapeake’s unique people and places. Reservations are required, with a minimum of two weeks’ advanced notice for all guided programs. Prices include general admission to CBMM. Programs and tours are available throughout the year, and prices include general admission to CBMM. We welcome all public, private, and homeschooled students, as well as youth organizations. For information, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org. cbmm.org/learn/school-programs

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE PLAYERS, 31 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, 301-694-4744, contact@marylandensemble.org. www.marylandensemble.org.

MONTGOMERY PARKS, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, 301-495-2525, Info@MontgomeryParks.org. Montgomery Parks offers educational programming for students in grades 4 through 12 focusing on environmental stewardship and local historic sites in Montgomery Parks. For more information visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER, PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-497-5760. 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/refuge/Patuxent/

MASSACHUSETTS

CDSS SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC CAMPS, info: 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, camp@cdss.org. Share the joy of traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folksongs, and more. Laugh, learn and enjoy being together. Programs for adults and for families. 13 great weeks, 4 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lexington, MI; Lyman, NH; High View, WV. All levels of experience are welcome! Connect, learn, and enjoy! www.cdss.org/camp.

USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129, 617-426-1812, Museumlearning@usscm.org. Join us for a voyage into history! USS Constitution’s past comes to life through objects, stories, and hands-on experiences with a visit to the USS Constitution Museum. Experience life at sea in 1812 by scrubbing the deck, furling a sail, or swinging in a hammock. Located on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Admission by suggested donation. www.usscm.org.

MICHIGAN

CAMP LU LAY LEA, 92 Ohio St, Lupton, MI 48635, 989-345-1635, laloneb@yahoo.com. Camp Lu Lay Lea is a Christian summer camp now entering its 69th summer of operation. We are open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. Lu Lay Lea is located on picturesque Henderson Lake in one of the state’s loveliest regions, with abundant trees and foliage providing a gorgeous backdrop for camp activity. We offer seven one-week sessions, each accommodating up to 86 campers per week
(Sunday through Saturday). Camp Lu Lay Lea is licensed by the State of Michigan, and is regularly inspected by county and state authorities. The camp is also owned and operated by the Saginaw Valley Zone Lutheran Laymen’s League and was established in 1948. www.camplulaylea.com.

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY PIANO CAMP FOR THE EXPERIENCED PLAYER, June 19 - 23, 2017 Ages: 12-17, Daily 9 am - 5 pm. Oakland University, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, Varner Hall, Room 207, 371 Varner Drive, Rochester, MI 48309-4485, (248) 370-2030. The piano program at Oakland University is pleased to announce a piano camp for pianists 12-17 years of age. Younger pianists will be considered upon recommendation of the faculty. This camp is not for beginning piano students. Activities include: private group lessons, seminars, workshops, special guest presentations, duets, master classes. Fee:  $395. For more information, call (248) 370-2030 or email Rebecca Happel at  happel@oakland.edu or Tian at ttian@oakland.edu .

OTTAWA COUNTY PARKS NATURE EDUCATION CENTER, 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460, 616-786-4847, naturecenter@miottawa.org. The Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center is a hub of year-round educational programming. Our trained naturalists offer private, curriculum-based programming for home-school groups (by appointment) outdoors and in an on-site classroom, equipped with microscopes and more. We also offer nature programming including guided hikes, wildlife encounters, birding walks, and astronomy programs to the public. The Nature Education Center is located in Hemlock Crossing Park which offers over six miles of trails meandering through forest and along the Pigeon River. The restored native prairie is a sight to see all year round. Park amenities include indoor and outdoor classrooms, kayak/canoe launch, two picnic shelters and grills, seasonal modern restrooms, rustic toilets. http://miottawa.org/Parks/nature_center.htm.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

CDSS SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC CAMPS, info: 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, camp@cdss.org. Share the joy of traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folksongs, and more. Laugh, learn and enjoy being together. Programs for adults and for families. 13 great weeks, 4 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lexington, MI; Lyman, NH; High View, WV. All levels of experience are welcome! Connect, learn, and enjoy! www.cdss.org/camp.

REMICK COUNTRY DOCTOR MUSEUM & FARM, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village, NH 03886. (603) 323-7591, Toll Free: (800) 686-6117, info@remickmuseum.org. Preserving the past, to educate the future. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm offers four seasons of hands-on, agriculture-based learning, situated on a 100-acre historic farmstead in the quaint village of Tamworth, NH. Call (603) 323-7591 today to learn what’s possible for your family or group visit! Or see “Groups” under the LEARN AT REMICK website tab. www.remickmuseum.org.

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-422-7541, education@strawberybanke.org. Strawbery Banke allows visitors to experience how people lived and worked in a typical American neighborhood through nearly four centuries of history. Using restored houses, featured exhibits, historic gardens, role-players and interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of generations of settlers from the late 17th to the mid-20th century.  Strawbery Banke offers Homeschool Days four times a year for students to engage in self-guided tours, hands-on workshops, interactive tours and craft demonstrations.  2016 dates include March 16 (History Explorers: A Journey into Colonial Life), May 5 (Becoming Americans), September 15 (Maritime Life and Trade) and November 17 (From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving).  For more details, please visit the website: www.strawberybanke.org.

NEW JERSEY

AMERICAN LABOR MUSEUM/BOTTO HOUSE NATIONAL LANDMARK, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ  07508, (973) 595-7953, labormuseum@aol.com. The American Labor Museum advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers.  The Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, the 1908 home of immigrant silk mill workers.  The Museum offers restored period rooms, Old World Gardens, changing exhibits, free lending library, educational and cultural programs.
Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday 1-4PM and by appointment.  Group tours are pre-arranged. www.labormuseum.net.

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, 354 Great Meadows Road (Rt.611), Hope, NJ 07844, 908-459-5100. Land of Make Believe is the No. 1 amusement park in North Jersey. A teacher designed and built the park specifically to excite child’s imagination and make learning fun. Our park features interactive Educational & Historical Learning activities in Safe Wholesome Environment. Lowest Group Rates, Free Parking and Free Chaperone program makes it perfect for your group trip! www.Lomb.com.

iPLAY AMERICA, 110 Schank Road, Freehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200, info@iplayamerica.com. New Jersey’s Original Indoor Boardwalk: iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun! It’s family friendly indoor Boardwalk theme provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year-round! iPlay America’s Event Center and the new Warehouse 100 are home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine in their full-service restaurant, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting new attractions like the Freedom Rider Spinning Coaster or the Sky Trails® ropes course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is a 2016 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun.  www.iplayamerica.com.

NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732, 732-872-1300 x13, reservations@njseagrant.org. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is a not for profit organization dedicated to greater knowledge and conservation of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. Education programs are available for homeschool groups that explore coastal science and STEM learning through guided, hands-on, inquiry-based experiences. http://njseagrant.org/education/field-trips/the-coastal-experience/.

WheatonArts AND CULTURAL CENTER, 1501 Glasstown Rd, Millville, NJ 08332, 856-825-6800, pweichmann@wheatonarts.org. WheatonArts offers a variety of classes and workshops designed to provide children with opportunities to explore their creativity. Each offering is designed to be entertaining while touching upon basic learning skills. Educational experiences designed for home school groups offer hands-on classes in visual arts and culture. We provide intimate class settings where students explore a variety of mediums and specific art related techniques. Class session hours are flexible to accommodate home school families’ schedules, lifestyles and educational needs. Our goal is to provide an arts and cultural component to families’ existing curriculum in order to complete a well-balanced education. Learn more at wheatonarts.org.

YMCA CAMP MASON, 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick, NJ 07825, 908-362-8217, anna@campmason.org. YMCA Camp Mason provides your child with a high-quality program in a safe, supportive environment led by superior role models. Our YMCA affiliation means we include the Y’s core values in every aspect of our programming, demonstrating the importance of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Through safety inspections, ACA accreditation, staff training and background checks we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of every child. Our experienced counselors and programming promote friendships, positive self-esteem, healthy development and encourage individuality and independence. Our positive camp experiences will impact your child for a lifetime. www.campmason.org.

NEW YORK

CAMP REECE, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 212-289-4732, lisa.howles@campreece.org. Camp Reece is a sleep-away camp for children with special needs, ages 10 through 16, located at Skidmore College, which provides an ideal setting for our campers. At Camp Reece, we offer a wide range of activities, each specifically designed to meaningfully engage campers while teaching skills, building confidence, improving self-esteem, encouraging social-emotional growth, and, of course, having fun! Camp Reece’s skilled and caring staff members differentiate instruction and modify activities whenever needed to ensure campers of all levels, abilities and ages can participate fully and successfully. We acknowledge every accomplishment and never miss the opportunity to provide positive feedback and recognition. Campers learn about themselves and explore the world around them through hands-on activities, such as organic gardening; art classes that include graphic design, outdoor photography, animation and videography; and a sports program that includes tennis, soccer and water sports. Our weekly, full-day adventures trips in the heart of the Adirondack Park include whitewater rafting, high ropes courses, biking, trips to theme parks and other exciting area attractions. At Camp Reece, children explore possibilities and stretch the boundaries of what can be achieved, while giving each camper a lifetime of memories of fun with friends that they will carry with them long after summer’s end. https://www.campreece.org.

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

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, ext. 113, educator@waltwhitman.org. Walt Whitman was born in this house on May 31, 1819.  Built by his father circa 1810 the authentically furnished farmhouse is an excellent example of native Long Island craftsmanship.  Our educational programs support NYS Regents Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.  Both our Create and Explore (Grades 3-8) and Secondary Education Experience (Grades 9-12) offer grade-appropriate programs that include poetry writing workshops taught by a published poet and tours, led by a knowledgeable educator.  During See and Touch (Grades Pre-K - 2) students tour the home in which Whitman was born and learn what life was like in 1819.  They also have fun playing interactive historic games.  Fees: $7.50 - $9.50 per students.  www.waltwhitman.org.

WARRENSBURGH MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY, 3754 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY, 518-232-7349. 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. http://www.whs12805.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.

BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217, 704-401-3270, LibraryStudents@billygraham.org. Visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., and discover how a humble farmer’s son became pastor to presidents and shared God’s love with millions of people around the world. Retrace his dynamic journey as history comes to life through inspiring multimedia presentations and state-of-the-art exhibits. Free downloadable lesson plans are available along with resources for students to use as they tour the exhibits. Topics for study include Billy Graham’s role as spiritual adviser to many American presidents, his pioneering use of technology, and the way his Christian faith and leadership influenced the Cold War and the battle against segregation. BillyGrahamLibrary.org

OHIO

CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK, 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45409, (937) 293-2841, info@daytonhistory.org. Homeschool Day at Carillon Historical Park- April 12th and September 5th, 2017. Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre, open-air history museum located in Dayton, Ohio. Throughout the Park, there are more than 30 historic buildings that explore themes of transportation, industrialization, and early settlement. For Homeschool day, we provide a special opportunity for school-aged children and families to visit the Park and partake in educational experiences outside of the conventional learning environment. The day will highlight Dayton’s unique history of invention, innovation, and creativity and invite students to engage in an immersive, one of a kind day of learning. With convenient parking, on-site dining, and a beautiful outdoor campus, we invite you to join us at Carillon Historical Park to learn how Dayton changed the world! www.daytonhistory.org.

CEDAR BOG NATURE PRESERVE, 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, OH 43078, (937) 484-3744, cedarbog@ctcn.net. Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located in Southern Champaign County, Ohio, and protects 450 acres of natural, wetland habitat. The Cedar Bog Education Center is located in the nature preserve. It is the focal point for a diversity of environmental education and natural history programs and workshops. Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature in action at the outdoor deck off the Education Center, rain garden that hosts butterflies and birds, a picnic area and a mile-long boardwalk loop. Call ahead for tours or program information.
www.cedarbognp.org.

HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE, 198 Main Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697, 330.874.3011, 1.800.262.6195, zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com. Spring Home School Day, April 28, 2017; Civil War Home School Day, September 8, 2017; Harvest Home School Day, October 6, 2017. All events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $4 per student. 1 free adult admission per group. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

HOWER HOUSE, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304, (330) 972-6909, howerhouse@uakron.edu. An 1871 Victorian mansion built in the Second Empire Italianate 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 built 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-3:00 pm. (Last tour at 2:30 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.

PIATT CASTLES CO., INC, P O Box 497 10051 Twp. Rd 47, West Liberty, 43357-0497, 937-465-2821, Macoche@2access.net. The Piatt Castles is a private, family owned museum that offers tours and programs at two historical mansions, Mac-A-Check and Mac-O-Chee. These 19th century homes of Brigadier General and farmer, Abram Sanders Piatt, and his brother, famed journalist and poet, Colonel Donn Piatt, have interpreted Ohio history and inspired visitors since they opened in the 1910s. Constructed of limestone and decorated with elaborate woodwork and frescoes, the castles contain collections of Native American tools, books, military artifacts and family furnishings from two centuries. The museum works in partnership with a nonprofit organization to provide programs, exhibits, and publications about the central Ohio region. www.PiattCastles.org.

PLEASANT HILL OUTDOOR CAMP, 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864, (419) 938-3715, info@phoc.org. We are a Christian summer camp in Ohio’s beautiful Mohican Forest offering six unique overnight summer camp programs for kids ages 3-17. Each program is designed around age-appropriate developmental stages to give your child a relevant and enjoyable camp experience. Regardless of your background, we hope you feel the love of Jesus in this place, and so we make 4 promises to every camper: you will be safe, you will be challenged, you will have fun, and you will be loved. See you this summer! www.phoc.org/summer-camp.

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420, 419-332-2081, ksmith@rbhayes.org. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The site houses President Hayes’ 31-room Victorian mansion, his tomb, the presidential library, the newly renovated museum, a mile of paved trails and original White House gates at its entrances. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The museum was completely renovated in 2016 with all-new exhibit galleries that include more interactive components and use more photos and diaries and letters of President Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The first floor and part of the second floor of the Hayes Home was restored in 2012 to look as it did when the president and first lady lived there. www.rbhayes.org.

ROSCOE VILLAGE: HOME SCHOOL DAYS, 600 N Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812, (740) 622-7644 ext. #12, rveducation@roscoevillage.com. Home School Days features special tour rates, $4.50 for both adults and school age children. Costumed crafters and interpreters will be stationed in each of the Living History areas from 10:00am-5pm, enabling the families to tour our historic buildings at their leisure. For a fee of $3.00 per craft, you may participate in candle dipping, tin punching, or wooden top painting. Your child is welcome to take their craft home. Start at the Visitor Center, where you will purchase your tickets, visit the Activities Room, and view Ditches of Destiny in the theater. Additional admission to the Johnson-Humrick House Museum may be purchased at a reduced rate in combination with your Roscoe Village Living History ticket. Special rates are available for the Monticello III canal boat both days. www.roscoevillage.com

SHAKER HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120, 216.921.1201, shakerhistory@shakerhistory.org. The permanent collection of the museum focuses on Shakers of North Union and the development of Shaker Heights. Our temporary exhibitions address themes of art, architecture, gardens, history, and community. We also feature Northeast Ohio artists in our Lissauer Art Gallery, and we sell arts and crafts, books and other specialty gifts with a local or Ohio source in our Spirit Tree Gift Shop! Through our exhibitions, programs, and educational outreach, we aim to inspire people to celebrate and engage in the story of Shaker Heights and its impact on the region... past, present and future. http://shakerhistoricalsociety.org/.

STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44303, 330-315-3284, pcourrier@stanhywet.org. Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet Hall was built by the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Frank “F. A.” Seiberling, and his wife, Gertrude. They built their American Country Estate and named it Stan Hywet (Anglo Saxon for stone quarry) after the property’s most prominent natural feature. The 64,500-sq. ft. Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture and the sixth largest historic home in America. The Estate features formal gardens, a conservatory and Gate Lodge. It is open Tuesday – Sunday from April-December for tours and special events. www.stanhywet.org.

PENNSYLVANIA

ALLENTOWN, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th Street, Allentown, PA 18101, info@allentownsymphony.org. Miller Symphony Hall, home of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, is the premier performing arts facility in Allentown PA. From rock to jazz and theatre to dance, the hall hosts more than just performances of the symphony orchestra. We are excited to once again be able to offer FREE STUDENT TICKETS for Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pops and Classical concerts thanks to a generous grant from the Century Fund. To reserve tickets, you can call our box office at 610-432-6715. For more information on all of our educational programming, contact Stephanie Kocher, Education Director at skocher@allentownsymphony.org or 610-432-7961 x206. Visit www.MillerSymphonyHall.org.

BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY: “PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION” and “CARNAVAL” at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, Tickets: 610-758-2787, Zoellner Arts Center Box Office, pyb@rcn.com. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. presents an evening of ballet – “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Carnaval” - on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. This family-friendly production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director Karen Knerr performed by Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers and a guest dancer, as well as live piano music by Eugene Albulescu, Music Director of BGLV/PYB and Associate Professor and Director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic. The Ballet Guild, well known for its annual production of The Nutcracker at Zoellner, also offers classical ballet training for ages three through adult. Email pyb@rcn.com; call 610-865-0353; visit www.bglv.org.

BLOOMSBURG THEATRE ENSEMBLE, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, Pa 17815, 570-784-5530, combscannaday@bte.org. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is celebrating 40 years of bringing live professional entertainment and theatre education for all ages in our community. Our annual summer family show features low prices and entertainment suitable for all ages. Summer Theatre School gives budding actors of all ages a chance to show their stuff. Visit www.bte.org for more information on BTE’s summer and year-round programs. www.bte.org.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Don’t have a chemistry lab in your basement? Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh is your resource for bridging the gap between science instruction and student understanding. Our special homeschool workshops are tailored for a variety of ages and provide educational programming, and hands-on discovery. We also offer stimulating holiday camps and Science Sleepovers! Join us for hands-on, age-appropriate science lessons and exhibits to foster curiosity and discovery in support of what your kids are learning at home. Discover different forms of electricity, everyday uses of polymers, experiment with roller coasters and explore distant galaxies – just to name a few. CarnegieScienceCenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

GETTYSBURG, PA, DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, 571 W. Middle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-334-6274; 800-337-5015, info@destinationgettysburg.com. Discover the living classroom in Gettysburg. Experience interactive history, hands-on museums, engage with living historians who portray figures of the past. Walk the fields where our ancestors fought for the freedom of others. Recite the Gettysburg Address in the footsteps of President Lincoln. Explore the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie where you can become a Junior Secret Service Agent. Take a guided tour through the streets of the historic town to learn of the 1863 civilians and those who came before and after. Take a drive out to the orchards for a tour and tasting of the fruits of our fields. In-season, take part in a pick-your-own fruit gathering. Make your own history in Gettysburg, PA. www.destinationgettysburg.com.

HOME TEXTILE TOOL MUSEUM, 1819 Orwell Hill Road, PA 18837, info@httm.org. HTTM is dedicated to the understanding of textile production in the rural home in the 19th century. A variety of programs and workshops are offered using tools and techniques of early America for spinning wool and flax, weaving, natural dyeing, basket making, and other homestead skills. Escorted tours. See 40 spinning wheels and many timber frame looms from the 1800s. www.httm.org.

KENNYWOOD PARK, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122, (412) 461-0500, info@kennywood.com. Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America. Founded in 1898, Kennywood has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for more than 110 years. From the early days of the carousel, through the development of the first roller coasters, to the technological advancements in today's steel looping coasters, Kennywood has always been the park that puts a smile on everyone's face. Designated a National Historic Landmark, you'll find amazing attractions that go from mild to wild throughout the park. Refuel at more than a dozen dining options offering tasty treats that can't be found at any other amusement park anywhere. Kennywood is "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park." In fact, it's what memories are made of! www.kennywood.com.

MA & PA RAILROAD HERITAGE VILLAGE, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, PA  17302, 717-927-9565, info@MaAndPaRailroad.com. Explore life in an early 20th century village where reliable railroad transportation played a central role in every aspect of daily life.  Costumed docents welcome you to the A. M. Grove General Store where everything needed for farm life could be bought.  The miller explains the workings of the Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mills, and the grain elevator, which gave local farmers a place to sell their wheat, is open for you to explore. Exhibits highlight the central role of the railroad, and an 18-stop walking tour gives an overall picture of the scope of commercial activity in the village. A highlight for many visitors is a 45-minute trip on the Ma & Pa Railroad. The trip along scenic Muddy Creek, on trains of motorcars once used by track maintenance crews, puts you in close touch with the sparkling creek, wooded hills, bright skies, and wildlife. www.MaAndPaRailroad.com.

MECHANICSBURG MUSEUM ASSOCIATION, 2 West Strawberry Alley, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, 717-697-6088, mechanicsburgmuseum@gmail.com. The Mechanicsburg Museum Association was founded in 1975. The MMA owns and preserves four Mechanicsburg buildings built by the Cumberland Valley Railroad: The 1866 Stationmaster's House, The 1886 Freight Station, The 1867 Passenger Station and the 1899 Washington Street Station. The buildings are open to the public during regular museum hours and at special events, such as Jubilee Day, and other community celebrations. The 1801 Frankenberger Tavern, Mechanicsburg's oldest known building, is open seasonally and for special events.  Admission is free to all normal exhibits. www.Mechanicsburgmuseum.org.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER FAMILY ATTRACTION & MUSEUM, 3427 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562, (717) 442-7950, heidi@nationalchristmascenter.com. Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, National Christmas Center takes you on a journey through wonderful memories of Christmases past and present, near and far! Dedicated to preserving and sharing the true meaning of Christmas through life-sized indoor exhibits such as a "Journey to Bethlehem" (total environmental experience), TudorTowne animated storybook village, a 1950's "Woolworth's" re-creation, our enchanting Toyland train mountain (under a giant Christmas tree!), and a beautiful Moravian Putz along with hundreds of other Nativities! There are 15 main galleries, numerous ever-changing smaller exhibits & more. Wonderful Gift Shop onsite. www.NationalChristmasCenter.com.

NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 717-684-8261, education@nawcc.org. The National Watch and Clock Museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. The museum encompasses all aspects of timekeeping from early mechanical clocks through modern satellite methods. Hands-on activities throughout the museum exhibits are available for families to participate. An annual homeschool day program is held each fall. The National Watch & Clock Museum is conveniently located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.  www.museumoftime.org.

OLD ECONOMY VILLAGE, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, Pa. 15003, 724-266-4500, davmiller@pa.gov. Home School Day at Old Economy Village is Friday, April 28 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Home school families will explore the village at a special educational rate of $5 per child, parent, or guardian. Students will visit the historic buildings, experience several hands-on activities, watch demonstrations, and learn about life in the 1830s. You must preregister for this event. Please contact David Miller, museum educator, at davmiller@pa.gov or call 724-266-4500 ext.110. For regular guided tours and a list of 2017 special events, please visit our website at www.oldeconomyvillage.org

OLD MILL VILLAGE MUSEUM, 5774 State Route 848, P. O. Box 434, New Milford, PA 18834, 570-434-2303, waynerf_18820@yahoo.com. For information and scheduling tours, contact Sue Dyson at 570-965-2266, 570-690-1538 (cell) or sbdyson@yahoo.com. You can also contact Wayne at 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 throughout the Summer and Fall months geared to this mission. Oldmillvillage.org.

PENN STATE NEW KENSINGTON SUMMER CAMPS, 3550 Seventh Street Road, New Kensington, Pennsylvania 15068-1765, 724-334-6000, dsn2@psu.edu. Penn State New Kensington offers a variety of week-long summer camps for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These programs, better known as Kids in College, are designed to be both educational and fun for the participants. To see the programs that are being offer this year or for additional information, visit http://newkensington.psu.edu/kids-college.

PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS, PO Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18612, 570-675-9253, wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Penn State Wilkes-Barre Summer Youth Camps: This summer Penn State Wilkes-Barre is offering 35 youth camps during the weeks of June 26-30 and July 10-14, 2017, for students entering grades 1-12. We invite you to join us here at the beautiful Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus! Your child will learn, make new friends, and have tons of fun. We offer art, nature, theatre, technology (Minecraft, Scratch, Lego Land®, and more), math, science, writing, sewing, crafts, sports (Golf, Soccer, Volleyball), outdoor camps and more. Our unique approach emphasizes creative learning and adventure through projects, field trips, experiments, game-play, and numerous hands-on activities. We have something for everyone including new camps and many of our most popular camps.  Register early, and we look forward to seeing you this summer. www.wilkesbarre.psu.edu/ce/summercamps.

POCONO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328, 570-828-2319, peec@peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is located within the 77,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, along the Delaware River, and is within driving distance of New York City & Philadelphia. Our mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands on experience in a national park. We offer opportunities for school and family groups, scout organizations, weekend nature getaways, and weeklong summer camp adventures. We’re close to home, where learning comes naturally! http://peec.org/.

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.  http://quietvalley.org/.

READING PUBLIC MUSEUM, 500 Museum Road, Reading PA, 19611, 610-371-5850 x 223, wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org. Discover art, science, history, and the natural world all under one roof at the Reading Public Museum.   The Reading Public Museum welcomes homeschool groups for museum and planetarium visits, as well as, special homeschool days.  Guided group tours are offered by reservation only and can be tailored to meet your curriculum goals.  We also offer all of our special exhibitions and our Arboretum.  Groups can also request private shows in our state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium.  The Planetarium offers over 30 shows ranging on topics from basic space shows to cultural stories. Homeschool days are held throughout the year.  These special programs are themed and offer tours and a hands-on experience in a multidisciplinary approach that children and families will find fun and engaging. Please check our website at www.readingpublicmuseum.org for dates and topics. For more information about what The Reading Public Museum has to offer homeschoolers, to book a group visit, or to reserve your space at a Homeschool day please contact Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x 223 or via email at wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org. readingpublicmuseum.org

ROCK FORD PLANTATION, 881 Rock Ford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-392-7223. rockfordmail@yahoo.com. Rock Ford Plantation is the preserved 18th Century home of Edward Hand who served as Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Building Survey. Rock Ford is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvania and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County. The mansion’s elegant rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of period furnishings and decorative arts. www.rockfordplantation.org.

SCIENCE CAMP WATONKA, PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428, 570.226.4779, mail@watonka.com. Camp Watonka offers a program of Sciences, Sports and Adventure with a full range of waterfront, craft, woodwork, dirt-bike, marksmanship and archery activities. Science include Chemistry, Physics, Electronics, Video, Robotics, Earth Science, Astronomy, Computer Programming, Photography, Biology and Nature. Our facilities include modern cabins, eleven science buildings, great sports areas, private lake and one of the most extensive ropes adventure courses in the North East. Accredited by the American Camp Association, we are the best choice for your summer. http://www.watonka.com.

SUMMER PROGRAMS AT SPS, 319 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, 215-925-3963, Summer @st-peters-school.org. Summer Programs at SPS always strives to create a dynamic and engaging experience for the students. With a focus on hands-on activities & lessons, positive social engagement, and free exploration at all ages, St. Peter’s School Summer Program embraces the fact that learning and fun can happen at the same time! Our program offers a unique blend of academics, creativity, and fun. Summer Programs at SPS promises to excite students of all ages & appeal to varied interests. Running June 19 through August 25, we programming 8 AM to 4 PM daily with before and after care available for an additional fee. http://www.st-peters-school.org/summer.

THE PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER, 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown, PA 19530, (610) 683-1589, NPauley@kutztown.edu. The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is a folklife center that preserves and promotes Pennsylvania German culture and traditions. PGCHC provides family-friendly events year-round, such as our Children’s Cultural Day Camp, as well as tours and educational opportunities. PGCHC is also proud to publish the only international Pennsylvania Dutch language newspaper, Hiwwe wie Driwwe, and is home to the Kutztown Community Garden. The Heritage Center Library holds hundreds of resources for genealogical and historical research, and our library volunteers are eager to help you find your ancestors for fun or family projects. Call or email today to schedule your tour! http://www.kutztown.edu/pgchc.

THE SWAIN SCHOOL, 1100 S. 24th Street, Allentown, PA 18103, 610-433-4542, info@swain.org. At Swain, we provide the environment in which Preschool-8th graders can thrive. We focus on excellence in academics, integrated with the arts, athletics and technology. In a warm, safe and supportive environment, our students develop their leadership skills and self-confidence, an appreciation of character values, and become aware of the global community. Exciting afterschool and summer programs are open to the greater community. Our graduates tell us that the transition from a smaller, nurturing environment to a larger secondary school setting is an easy one for them. They feel prepared, both personally and academically to make their place in the world. swain.org.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

CONVERSE COLLEGE, 580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302, 864 596 9040, admissions@converse.edu. Converse is a dynamic learning environment that fosters innovation and encourages you to take the lead. From our personal approach through the admissions process to helping you move into your residence hall on Move-In day, we take pride in knowing your name and helping you be extraordinary. Ranked in the nation’s top 5% for research, service and social mobility by Washington Monthly, Converse is a master’s university whose students exude creativity, courage and charisma. With 94% of our graduates completing their degree in four years and over 60 % participating in leadership roles, a Converse education will take you beyond your comfort zone and into a world of possibilities. www.converse.edu

LIVING HISTORY PARK, Olde Towne Preservation Association, P.O. Box 7915, North
Augusta, South Carolina 29861, (803) 979-9776, lynn@colonialtimes.us. The Living History
Park is located at 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina.
http://www.colonialtimes.us.

ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Home School Discovery Day, May 19, 2017, 9 am-1 pm. Roper Mountain Science Center 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Roper Mountain’s Home School Discovery Day is an opportunity for individual families, co-ops, and home school associations to experience instructor-led lessons and demonstrations in our nationally recognized learning labs. $5 for adults and students (ages 4-18). Free for children age 3 and under. For additional information, visit Ropermountain.org.

TENNESSEE

CHATTANOOGA ZOO, 301 N. Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, (423)697-1322 ext. 7595, tfenu@chattzoo.org. Homeschool Family Days at the Chattanooga Zoo is a three-hour event specifically designed for homeschool families. We want to help inspire our youth to further immerse themselves into the natural world as well as meet some other families with similar interests! We get many public, private, and specialized school groups in the zoo for field trips and programs, but we don't have many larger groups of homeschoolers. By bringing homeschool families together we are able to give you all there is to what we can offer your educational needs here at the zoo! This is a special day for the whole family to enjoy just as any other school group would! There will be two formal programs, one informal meet-n-greet, snack and drink available, a craft, special animal chats, and a self-guided learning activity that leads you throughout the zoo. Our theme for this spring semester is “Amazing Adaptations!” We will be learning about what an adaptation is, what sorts of adaptations there are, and how animals use them to survive in the wild. Come join us in the educational fun! http://www.chattzoo.org/education/home-school.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 416-2001. Schools@countrymusichalloffame.org. From guided tours to interactions with professional artists and museum educators, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers an unparalleled interactive learning experience for homeschool students of all ages. With over 2 million artifacts in its ever-growing collection, the museum provides students with an opportunity to explore the rich history that shaped the country music we know and love today. Interactive, guided tours provide a multi-layered learning experience through exploration of the museum's one-of-a kind artifacts, archival video and audio elements, interactive touchscreens, and symbolic architecture. CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Education.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN, 38117, 901-636-4100, jana.wilson@memphisbotanicgarden.com. memphisbotanicgarden.com.

VERMONT

SHELBURNE MUSEUM, 6000 Shelburne Road, PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 985-3346,
info@shelburnemuseum.org. Shelburne Museum is a place of the imagination, reflecting its founder’s dream of presenting early American life and culture in a distinctive way. The result is a collection of objects, buildings, and landscape which integrates art, design, Americana, and history; 18th and 19th century homes and community buildings; marvels of transportation; as well as a range of traditional and non-traditional fine art galleries. We welcome you and your children to Shelburne Museum—a place for group engagement and individual reflection; for conversation and inspiration; and for engaging with our artistic past and imagining our futures. Come explore and create with us! www.shelburnemuseum.org.

VIRGINIA

AAF TANK MUSEUM, 3401 US Highway 29, Danville, VA 24540, 434-836-5323, tankmuseum@gamewood.net. The AAF Tank Museum's mission is to collect, restore, display and preserve as many Tank and Cavalry artifacts as is possible. To preserve the memories of the men and women so that present and future generations will have available to them a significant part of military history to learn from and explore. The AAF Tank Museum's purpose is to educate the general public as to the sacrifices made by so many military men and women. To teach about these sacrifices through the illustrations of war and its weapons. Housed in a 330,000-square foot facility. With 120 tanks and large artillery pieces. Over 30,000 artifacts on display. www.aaftankmuseum.com.

GEORGE C. MARSHALL MUSEUM, 1600 VMI Parade, Lexington, VA 24450-1600, (540) 463-2083, museum@marshallfoundation.org. George C. Marshall was a man of towering stature whose contributions to our nation and the world cannot be overstated. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, and selfless service stand as shining examples for those who study the past and for those future generations. Our education programs and resources are designed to introduce children and adults to Marshall and the impact his life had on 20th Century history. Resources are available to educators on our website or in person at the George C. Marshall Museum and Library. www.marshallfoundation.org.

JAMES MONROE HIGHLAND, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 293-8000, education@highland.org. Discover the home of the last Founding Father. Field Trip Inquiries: education@highland.org. Or visit our website at highland.org.

JAMES MONROE MUSEUM, 908 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-654-1043. At the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia, you can explore the life and legacy of one of our nation’s most popular and respected public servants. The museum is the largest repository in the country of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States, on the site where he practiced law in the 1780s. Throughout the year, the museum offers a variety of public programs focused on the life and legacy of James Monroe. Events in 2017 include a spring break Colonial Academy April 19-20, our James Monroe Birthday celebration on April 29, and Major Monroe’s History Camp on July 10-11. www.jamesmonroemuseum.org.

JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1607, 757-253-4939, group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov. Homeschool Program Day: History is Fun! September 9-24, 2017: Immerse your family in hands-on history at these two museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings. Touch reproduction artifacts. Explore re-created living-history areas. Interact with costumed historical interpreters and learn all about Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and the American Revolution. Includes age-appropriate hands-on programs for students and family guided tours at both museums. To book a program, contact Group Reservations at 757-253-4939 or group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov. For information including costs. visit www.historyisfun.org/learn/homeschool-scouts/homeschool-program/

MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS, 123 Palmer Avenue, P.O. Box 910, Saltville, VA 24370, 276-496-3633, museumoma@embarqmail.com. Open Daily: 10-4Sun: 1-4, Visit the Salt Theater for a virtual tour of “Civil War at the Salt Works”. Explore 30,000 years of natural and cultural history from the Ice Age to the Space Age. Exhibits on Geology, Fossils, Native Americans, Civil War, Salt Industry. www.museum-mid-app.org.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA, 23603, 757-886-
7777, tourism-mailing@nnva.gov, www.newport-news.org. Where can you walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad, enjoy one of the largest municipal parks in the country, connect to Virginia’s natural heritage, and catch a touring Broadway show? In Newport News, of course! The city’s attractions, architectural and historical landmarks, and 30+ parks are exceptional enough to attract experts, but they’re available for everyone to enjoy! For a free Visitor Guide, go to
www.newport-news.org.

RANDOLPH-MACON ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS, 200 Academy Drive, Front Royal, VA, 22630, 540-636-5484, admission@rma.edu. At Randolph-Macon Academy, rising 6th-8th graders participate in a fun Enrichment Camp, which for 2017 is centered around space exploration! Campers choose morning courses in science, math, history, study skills, digital media, or music technology, then have fun the rest of the day! Summer School for rising 9th-12th graders offers new or repeat courses for high school credit, including sciences, creative writing, math, Spanish, English, SAT Prep, and more. Day and overnight programs are offered for all grade levels. All programs engage students in fun such activities such as amusement parks, swimming, camp fires, museums, bowling, sports, laser tag, etc. rma.edu/summer.

WEST VIRGINIA

CDSS SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC CAMPS, info: 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, camp@cdss.org. Share the joy of traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folksongs, and more. Laugh, learn and enjoy being together. Programs for adults and for families. 13 great weeks, 4 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lexington, MI; Lyman, NH; High View, WV. All levels of experience are welcome! Connect, learn, and enjoy! www.cdss.org/camp.

JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM, 200 East Washington Street, Charles Town, WV 25414, (304) 725-8628, jcmcurator@frontier.com. The Jefferson County Museum is located in historic downtown Charles Town and has been fostering an understanding and love of history since 1965. The museum is committed to the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of objects of historical value and relevance to the county and the region. Jefferson County’s rich history is a microcosm of the larger historical events that shaped the nation—from George Washington’s surveying here in the mid-1700s to John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry through the Civil War and post-war establishment of Storer College for freed African Americans. http://www.jeffcomuseumwv.org/.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
 

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