Virtual Academy Field Trips
Berrien Springs Partnership Field Trips – Fall 2015
Fri. Sept. 11 – Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, Eau Claire, MI
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm is a 500 acre family-owned, working fruit farm. The Teichman family strives to keep the ‘family atmosphere’ in everything they do. We will initially gather in their lovely country market and progress from there to a wagon tour of the farm. As we take a tour about the beautiful rolling acreage, our guide will tell us about the farm, its geology, history and about why they can raise so many fine fruits and vegetables at this northern latitude. Along the way our wagon will stop so that the students (and adults too if interested) can harvest a bag of apples. Bring a sack lunch! After our wagon ride we can enjoy lunch together in their picnic area as the children enjoy the petting zoo.
Group #1 9:30am – Noon
Group#2 11:30am – 1:30pm
Fri. Sept. 18 – Michigan Maritme Museum tour & ‘Friends Good Will’ dockside tour, South Haven, MI
Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting the five separate museum buildings on site for a variety of engaging opportunities. The Field Trip Class Students will also be able to board the ‘Friends Good Will’ replica Tall Ship and hear of her dramatic story of commerce in the early 1800’s, as well as that of her role in the War of 1812. Students will rotate through 3 different demonstration sessions while on board. The ship will remain dockside.
8am – 2pm
Fri. Sept. 25 – ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize is a unique international Art Competition! Join us for a fun filled day, as your family tours the 3 mile square district in GR that becomes an Art Gallery for this event each fall. You will enjoy discovering every form of art in office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks, street corners, bridges …. and even in the river. Almost any space that can become a venue to display Art does so for ArtPrize. You can also help decide the Public Vote winners of ArtPrize if you like. …. All you have to do is download the app and vote for your favorite entries! 2
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and come and discover this delightful Artistic experience.
8am – 4:30pm
Fri. Oct. 2 – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne, IN
We try to visit a different Zoo every fall! This will be our first time to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and I don’t think we will be disappointed. Their Central Zoo along with the African Journey, Australian Adventure, and Indonesian Rain Forest should provide our students with an amazing experience. Check out their website.
7:45am – 4:30pm
Fri. Oct. 9 – Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor, MI
Our very own Sarett Nature Center has over 1000 acres and 8 miles of trails. We will begin our time together by browsing in the beautiful Nature Center Building, the informational and live animal displays. We will then have an opening presentation that will focus on ‘Nature through the Seasons’. From there we will split into groups to be led on a guided walk along one of the many beautiful trails as we identify ‘signs of the season’.
8:45am – 11am
Fri. Oct. 16 – Studebaker Museum/ Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns, SB, IN
This trip will afford us two guided tours. The first will be of the Studebaker National Museum where our rich Midwest industrial manufacturing heritage will be shown and disclosed. On the second tour, we will have the opportunity to view an exclusive One-time Exhibition of Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns. This is a rare collection of artifacts and images that provides an intimate look at Lincoln’s tragic last night. We will also have the opportunity to take a self guided tour of the South Bend History Museum.
8:45am – 1pm Website: www.studebakermuseum.org 3
THURS. Oct. 22 – Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre Production - "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel"
Last year was our first year to experience the KC Youth Theatre Productions. They are a shortened version of the story and done in Round Theatre. I think that you will find them delightful.
Join us this year for this all-new mystery-filled musical adventure of Sherlock Holmes. It is filled with action & disguises, twists & turns, fun and intrigue and is sure to keep everyone guessing
10am – 2:30pm
Fri. Nov. 6 – Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. It has extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections as well as diverse, high quality permanent exhibitions. Give their website a peek …. Then join us and come meet SUE the largest T.-Rex ever found!
8am – 4:30pm Website: http://fieldmuseum.org
THURS. Nov. 12 – Bethel College Drama - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
"Bah! Humbug!" … Get in the Christmas spirit… as a growing understanding of JOY at the opportunity for redemption, works to transforms the mean-spirited, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge into a person of kindness, generosity, and warmth.
8am – 1:15pm
Fri. Nov. 20 – Chicago Symphony ‘Surprise Party’ + Macy’s Depart. Store, Chicago, IL
Music is an essential part of celebration. Join us as we explore how, when and why music is used as a part of our celebrations.
This program is part of the Chicago Symphony’s 125th anniversary season celebration … Come and honors the CSO’s incredible musical legacy!
After the concert, we will enjoy ‘browsing & lunching’ at the beautiful Macy’s Department Store which will be ‘decked out for the holidays’!
8am – 5pm 4
Fri. Dec. 11 – "The Nutcracker Ballet", The Morris Perf. Arts Center – South Bend, IN
This timeless holiday event has become a tradition in the Field Trip line up. It will be performed at the beautiful Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend and is a lovely way to bring in the holiday season!
8am – 1pm
Fri Dec. 18 – The Oliver Mansion, South Bend, IN
When we visit, it will be Christmas in "Copshaholm" as the Oliver Mansion is called. Come and tour this beautiful 38-room Romanesque Queen Anne house where industrialist J.D. Oliver and his family lived for 72 years. The furnishings on all three floors are original, providing a remarkable glimpse into family life at that time. This is a two hour tour limited to students ages 9 and above.
8:45 – 1pm
Website: http://historymuseumsb.orgclick on Oliver Mansion