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Kids Discover the Trail!

A Partnership with IPEI, ICSD and the Discovery Trail

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative, the Ithaca City School District and Ithaca's Discovery Trail Partners are spearheading an extraordinary school field trip program, called Kids Discover the Trail! It is the first-ever coordinated effort involving more than a dozen organizations in our community aimed at enriching the public school curriculum with visits to local organizations and associated classroom programming.

By integrating learning across diverse fields including art, science, botany, history, literature, nature, ornithology and paleontology, this program aims to make a connection between classroom learning and life; and to foster family and lifelong learning by encouraging students to return with family and friends.

  • Download Hidden Attractions Pre-Program Materials
    This prototype packet will be sent to Kids Discover the Trail! participating teachers after they have scheduled their field trips. It contains a letter with general field trip and logistical information, an overview of the Hidden Attractions program (including learning objectives and links to state standards), background information about magnets (including a bibliography), and a simple classroom sorting activity to help prepare students for the program.
  • Download Hidden Attractions Post-Program Materials
    This prototype packet will be handed to teachers as they leave the Hidden Attractions program. It contains a letter to the teacher thanking them for their participation, a set of follow-up activities for students to try in the classroom or at home, a reproducible worksheet for teachers to evaluate their students' learning, and a survey/evaluation with a postage paid envelope.