FIELD TRIPS OF THE MIND

(All programs are 45 minutes in length unless otherwise indicated.)

Pre-school through Grade 2:

Songs and Stories for Fun and Movement

Sing and move along to musical instruments. Hear songs and stories, some with puppets, from exciting places across the planet and around the block. Make some new discoveries and have a great time! 

The Roaring Rhinoceros and Friends

Hear the story of "The Roaring Rhinoceros" and find out her silly secret. Frolic and dance with the Baby Mammoth.  Sing to the whales. Find out what has googly eyes, and much, much more!  The program uses songs, stories, and puppets.

Turtles and Gators and Spoonbills…Oh, My!

Meet Florida marine creatures and find out about how and where they live.  Learn about their habits and habitats as they are depicted through song and story.  Even though you are only one person, discover ways to help preserve their homes and their lives.  Be a good steward at home, at school, and right in your own neighborhood. 

Instruments From Around the World

Imagine moving through time and space to experience the "first" rhythm and possible origins of some of the first instruments. Hear and see instruments from near and far covering all of the instrument families. Learn about the principles of sound and about how some instruments are made, and perhaps, play an instrument of your very own!

1st - 5th Grades:

Adventures at Sea

Sail aboard a Tall Ship in a simulation of song and story; today and yesterday.  Hoist the anchor, set the sail, swab the deck, weather a storm, plot a course, learn the customs, and speak the language as part of a ship’s able bodied crew.  Find out how to become a member of a crew on a traditionally rigged vessel that sails today!

Way Out West

Ride the trail on an adventure Way Out West in song and story. Saddle your horse, stop a stampede, catch tumbling tumbleweed, eat biscuits and beans, look at the stars, sing cowboy songs, and swap stories around the campfire!

Shine Out Your Light

Travel to the beautiful lighthouses around the state of Florida through highly participatory song and story.  Find out why we have lighthouses, what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper, and where you can go to see and even climb a lighthouse today.  Learn about aids to navigation, weather, and other aspects of maritime life and history. 

Down Below the Waves

Discover what it takes to be an underwater detective on the coast and inland waterways of Florida.  Learn about traditional sailing, historic ships, and the tools it takes to be an underwater archeologist through song and story.  Dive below the waves; describe the artifacts; do the math; understand the science – solve the mystery! 

Turtles and Gators and Spoonbills…Oh, My!

Meet Florida marine creatures and find out about how and where they live.  Learn about their habits and habitats as they are depicted through song and story.  Even though you are only one person, discover ways to help preserve their homes and their lives.  Be a good steward at home, at school, and right in your own neighborhood. 

Instruments From Around the World

Imagine moving through time and space to experience the "first" rhythm and possible origins of some of the first instruments. Hear and see instruments from near and far covering all of the instrument families. Learn about the principles of sound and about how some instruments are made, and perhaps, play an instrument of your very own!

6th Grade and Up:

(Most of the other programs are adaptable for an older age group.)

A Pirate’s Life

Set sail on a tall ship for a pirate adventure across the seven seas limited only by the boundaries of your imagination as guided by the lore, language, songs, and stories.   Go in search of treasure, hear the cannons roar, and meet bold buccaneers of days gone by.  Find out the real stories of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard!