Fall 2018

TALC generally runs from the first week of February through the first week of May in the Spring. Hours are Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We take holiday breaks according to the Chatham School District calendar.

Last day of classes: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Class submission deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
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Current Fieldtrip Offerings

Trip Date & Time
Science Day/ New Families Meet & Greet

This day I will bring all the books we will use for both elementary and middle school science classes so parents can look over them. I will discuss the labs we will be doing in class and the homework that should be done between classes. I will discuss the field trips we are planning that correspond to the lessons we are learning. I can answer any questions you have.

This is also a New Family Meet & Greet. There will be several new families coming.

We will have the playground and gym available. Children can bring bikes, scooters, skateboards & roller skates if interested.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Springfield Museums Field Trip

We will meet at the museums (21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA 01103) at 9:45am

Students will participate in two one-hour programs:

10-11am: Scutes & Scales Explore the fascinating lives of some of the most loved, feared and misunderstood animals on Earth— reptiles. Learn about their unique senses, physical features and behaviors, as well as their life cycles and habitats through engaging hands-on activities and a visit with our live reptiles!

11am-12pm: Just Survive! Students experience the challenges of daily survival as they assume the identities of different animals with different adaptations. The object is to acquire adequate food, water, and shelter within their habitat, while keeping out of the clutches of the dreaded predator. This program can be taught outdoors during warmer months.

12-12:30pm: I have reserved a place for us to eat lunch. Either bring your own or purchase something at the cafe.

12:30-3:30 (or whenever you want to leave): Self-exploration of museum buildings.

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. There is the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum ofFine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and the Amazing World of Dr. Suess Museum.

Cost: $9/student Children under 4 and not participating in the programs are free

Also, since we are doing a school field trip they have given us a special deal and one adult from each family is free. Additional adults pay $9.

They have a minimum number of students needed to run their programs, so please mark it on your calendar and plan to attend if you sign up.

I will collect the money at TALC the two weeks prior, so we can pay as a group.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:45am
Mud Creek - Ecology

"Take a walk at Mud Creek or around an ecosystem of your choice and learn about natural communities such as the forest, marsh, stream, and field. See what makes each special and explore their interrelationships."

This field trip is geared toward children in the middle school science class, but all TALC children are welcome. Please dress apropriately for the weather and wear rainboots so you can explore the wetland comfortably.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
NYS Museum Field Trip

We will meet at the museum no later than 9:45am and, depending on how many students attend, are scheduled for 2-3 separate program times. The educators at the museum insist that students are broken up into grades for separate programs. Families are welcome to explore the museum on their own while students are in their program. We will have a space reserved for us to eat lunch, but may not be able to eat together as a group because of the program schedule. Entrance to the museum as well as all programs are free, but you may need to pay to park. Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both located off of Madison Avenue. Prior to 10:00 a.m., the parking fee is $10. After 10:00 a.m., the parking fee is $5. Parking is free after 2:00 p.m. A visitor lot is available in the Empire State Plaza.

10-10:30am: kids aged pre-K to grade 1 : Cradleboards and Cornhusk Dolls

Explore the life of an Iroquois child of 500 years ago with stories and interactive objects and a visit to a full size replica of a Mohawk Iroquois longhouse on a winter’s night. Visit a hands on classroom and Three Sisters growing field exhibit. This program takes place in a classroom and the Longhouse and Three Sisters growing field exhibits.

11-11:45am: Grades 2-4: People of the Longhouse 12-12:45pm: Grades 5 and up: People of the Longhouse

What were Iroquois culture, community, and confederacy like over 500 years ago? Students will examine archaeological evidence, first-hand accounts, and step into a full-size reconstruction of a Mohawk longhouse to explore the material culture, values, and daily-life of Iroquois families. Students will discover the many types of evidence they need to build a deeper understanding of the lives of the men, women and children who lived 500 years ago in an Iroquois village. This program takes place in a museum classroom and the Longhouse.

Although these programs are free, I will need to confirm the number of students attending. Please mark it on your calendar and plan to attend if you sign up, so that we are able to go to future programs as well.

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:45am
Mud Creek - Bird's of Prey & Owl Pellet Dissection

10/30/2018 10AM - We will be going to the Mud Creek Environmental learning Center for a class on Bird's of Prey followed by owl pellet dissection. This class is geared toward the elementary aged students but all TALC kids are welcome. Mud Creek does have natural trails to walk but it is a wetland so it's best to wear boots especially if it's rained recently.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
FASNY Museum of Firefighting Field Trip

We will meet at the museum for a 10am tour that is expected to last about 1.5-2 hours. The cost is $5/kids age 3 and up and $10/adults. I will collect the money at TALC a couple of weeks before our date so that we can pay together as a group.

The program is: The History of Firefighting: Ever wondered how firefighters went from fighting fires with buckets of water to operating the humongous fire trucks of today? Bring you group and learn all about the history of firefighting through an interactive tour. After the tour, see if your group can beat the clock at the popular Bucket Brigade interactive. This tour is perfect for ages 3-100. Meets NYS Learning Standards for Social Studies.

Dare to be Prepared: Come and learn about fire safety and prevention, as we take your class through a hazard house, teach them about when to dial 9-1-1, when to stop, drop and roll, tools and toys and other fire safety and prevention concepts. Students then will have the opportunity to complete the Jr. Firefighter Challenge course and enjoy the Museums interactive Creative Play Trucks. For grades Pre-K-2. Meets NYS Learning Standards.

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:00am
Via Aquarium

This field trip to the Via Aquarium near Albany corresponds to the elementary science class which will be learning about fish at this time. All TALC children are welcome.

If we have 15 people we qualify for a discounted group rate.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Norman Rockwell Museum Fieldtrip

We will meet at the museum (Norman Rockwell Museum 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-4100) at 9:45am for a 10-11am tour.

NARRATIVE AND NUANCE: Investigate the narrative aspects of Norman Rockwell’s art and discover the wide range of stories communicated through illustrated images. The artist’s use of character plot and setting will be explored through discussion and hands on experiences. After our tour, you are free to enjoy all of the art on view in the Museum’s Permanent Collection and Special Exhibition Galleries. The museum requests that we walk through the galleries in small groups that are accompanied by a chaperone. I have requested a spot for us to eat lunch together (bring your own lunch). If the weather is nice, you can enjoy a stroll on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site, which is great to picnicking or just enjoying the view in the beautiful Berkshires. Climbing sculptures by Peter Rockwell, Norman Rockwell’s youngest son, are on view.

You may find online curriculum materials at nrm.org/learn

Cost Per Student: $5 Teachers and Chaperones Free I will collect the money at TALC before the date, so we can pay together.

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:45am to 3:00pm
Ft. Crailo State Historic Site Field Trip

We will meet at Ft. Crailo (9 1/2 Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144) for a tour that will begin promptly at 10am. The tour should last about 30-45 minutes, and then we will head downstairs to the historic kitchen to take part in the hearthside cooking demonstration. We will be making seed cakes (little cookies with caraway seeds in them) using a dutch oven in the large fireplace.

Crailo is the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Originally a part of the vast landholding called the Manor or Patroonship of Rensselaerswyck, the Crailo farm was named after the Van Rensselaer's estate in the Netherlands, variously spelled Crayloo or Cralo in the 17th century, and meaning "crows' wood" in Dutch. Crailo was built in the early 18th century by Hendrick Van Rensselaer, grandson of the First Patroon. Hendrick died in 1740 and his eldest son, Johannes, inherited Crailo. He remodeled the house and added an east wing in the Georgian style, reflecting the increasing influence of the English on the Albany-area Dutch.In the late 18th century, Crailo was remodeled in the Federal style. It served as a boys' boarding school in the 1840s and later as a church rectory. Each new venture brought more changes to the structure. In 1924 Crailo was donated to New York State for development as a museum.Crailo today tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley through exhibits highlighting archeological finds from the Albany Fort Orange excavations, special programs, and guided tours of the museum.

The cost is $3/student. Any younger siblings who are NOT taking part in the program are free. There is a fee for adults, but it depends on the number of people attending (under $4/adult). I will be collecting the money at TALC a couple of weeks before the visit, so that we can pay as a group.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:00am