Schools & Education: Community Workshops and Field Trips

 
 
 

Community Workshops and Field Trips for…

* Schools
* Home School Groups
* After-School Programs
* Pre-Schools
* Day Cares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Workshops:   Hands-on learning that is offered as a classroom experience.

 

Visual Arts

 

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Flower pounding – pound flowers to make colorful designs on paper. See more.
2. Paper making using plant fibers.  Give it flair with seeds, leaves, and flowers.
3. After reading the book The Gardener (Caldecott Medal winner for its illustrations by David Small), kids learn about analogous, monochromatic and complementary colors and then paint a mural as a group using a color scheme that they’ve learned.
4. After reading the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (adapted from a speech by Chief Seattle), kids go outside and create a piece of art of their choice using only natural materials they find outside. (For an inside activity, the kids create collages using only natural materials.)
5. After observing the stained-glass art show (held every February at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens main conservatory) kids create their own tissue paper stained-glass piece to hang in the window.
6. Birdhouses ($10/child, max. 10 students)
7. Rock painting
8. Mini treehouses ($10/child, max. 10 students)
9. Post it note animation
10. Mobiles ($5/child, max. 15 students)
11. Solar prints ($5/child, max. 15 students)
12. Marble mazes ($5/child, max. 15 students)
13. Lunch bag luminaries
14. Nature art
15. Flower presses ($5/child, max. 30 students)
16. Everlasting sand castles
17. Mud sculptures

 

CFD Old West Museum Wendy Fanning 307 778-7290 http://oldwestmuseum.org/children.asp

1.  Create a Western Sculpture in the style of style of Wyoming artist Dan Garret
2.  A Pioneer Christmas – traditions of a pioneer Christmas and bring home a hand-made gift
3.  Parades and Carriages – learn about this important transportation in the old west.  Make a carriage to take home.
4.  Western Spirit Art Show – students will get to tour the show and create a piece of work in conjunction with the exhibit

Language Arts

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6458 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Kids work together in a group to create their own pictographic language. Then each child uses the language to write a story.
2. Kids create their own Garden Journal by decorating a notebook with pictures of nature and natural materials. Then they take their journals out into the garden and are given the assignment to write a simple poem, draw a picture and write a story inspired by things they see and experience in the garden.
3. Puppet making workshops
4. Nature journals
5. Literature in the Garden series

 

 

 

Performing Arts

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra    http://cheyennesymphony.org/k-i-d-s/education-program/

1.  “It’s A GAS” (Guest Artists in the Schools) – Professional guest artists perform for students in the classroom!

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
1. In small groups, kids choreograph a puppet performance to a song and perform it in front of the whole class.
2. Kids write a short puppet skit of their choice, design props and perform their skit to the rest of the group.
3. After reading the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman, the kids divide up into three committees (art, games and music) and design their own type of art/games/music for a new culture using natural materials that can be found outdoors.

 

Science

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Kids learn about the three types of soil (sand, silt and clay) and what makes soils different colors. Then they paint a picture using three different colors of soil as paint.
2. When learning the parts of a flower, the kids use balloons, pipe cleaners and construction paper to build a “monster flower” in an umbrella with all the parts of a flower.
3. Kids make their own flower presses to take home and learn techniques for preserving flowers to use in art work.
4. Kids learn about photography and film development and then use photosensitive paper and materials of their choice to create a solar print in the sun.
5. Candy experiment
6. Cardinal directions scavenger hunt
7. Model hot air balloons ($10/child max. 10 students)
8. Rainbows science experiment
9. Optical illusion
10. Wind turbine experiments
11. Pinwheels experiment
12. Composting
13. Animal habitats
14. Wetlands ecosystem
15. Wildlife Gardener series
16. Oobleck
17. Geodisic domes
18. Nutrition in the Garden series
19. Build a bird nest
20. Landslides & erosion
21.  Soil painting
22. Seed dispersal
23. Solar ovens ($10/child, max. 15 students)
24. Simple machines
25. Crystal trees
26. Bird beaks & tools
27. Animal lifestyles (diurnal vs. nocturnal and omnivores, herbivores, etc.)
28. Hydroponic gardening ($5/child, max. 30 students)
29. Catapults
30. Ping pong airlines ($5/child, max. 15 students)
31. Egg drop ($5/child, max. 15 students)
32. Parts of Plants
33. Pizza plants

Laramie County Conservation District.   http://www.lccdnet.org/?page_id=300
1.  Traveling water-cycle wagon and demo
2. Traveling soil-erosion wagon and demo

 

LCCC  S.E.E.K.   Susan Maxwell   778-1134   smaxwell@lccc.wy.edu

 

 

 

History

CFD Old West Museum Wendy Fanning 307 778-7290 http://oldwestmuseum.org/children.asp
1.  Miss Frontier Days – an important figure to an important event in Cheyenne that represents the West
2.  A Pioneer Christmas – traditions of a pioneer Christmas and bring home a hand-made gift

Cheyenne Depot Museum  Kalena Hail http://www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org
1. Railways: How the railroads helped build the American west
2. Union Pacific: the role of the Union Pacific in the development of Cheyenne

Wyoming Statue Museum http://wyomuseum.state.wy.us/Education/index.asp
1. Discovery Trunks: Pull out neat reproductions of artifacts that were found at archaeological digs. See more.
2. Storytellers of Change: using historical photographs, students will take a visual tour through Cheyenne’s past.
3. Window to Wyoming’s Past: Explore Wyoming’s past through historic photographs.

 

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Groundhog Day history and activity
2. Chinese New Year history and craft
3. Valentine’s Day history and activity
4. Presidents’ Day history and activity
5. St. Patrick’s Day history and activity
6. May Day history and activity
7. Cinco de Mayo history and activity
8. Halloween dolls
9. Australian culture and boomerang workshop
10. Peace poles ($5/child, max. 15 students)
11. Ta-be (Native American stickball)
12.  Outdoor campfires

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Field-Trips: These are hands-on learning experiences that happen on-location.

 

Visual Arts

 

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Flower pounding – pound flowers to make colorful designs on paper. See more.
2. Paper making using plant fibers.  Give it flair with seeds, leaves, and flowers.
3. After reading the book The Gardener (Caldecott Medal winner for its illustrations by David Small), kids learn about analogous, monochromatic and complementary colors and then paint a mural as a group using a color scheme that they’ve learned.
4. After reading the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (adapted from a speech by Chief Seattle), kids go outside and create a piece of art of their choice using only natural materials they find outside. (For an inside activity, the kids create collages using only natural materials.)
5. After observing the stained-glass art show (held every February at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens main conservatory) kids create their own tissue paper stained-glass piece to hang in the window.
6. Birdhouses ($10/child, max. 10 students)
7. Rock painting
8. Mini treehouses ($10/child, max. 10 students)
9. Post it note animation
10. Mobiles ($5/child, max. 15 students)
11. Solar prints ($5/child, max. 15 students)
12. Marble mazes ($5/child, max. 15 students)
13. Lunch bag luminaries
14. Nature art
15. Flower presses ($5/child, max. 30 students)
16. Everlasting sand castles
17. Mud sculptures

 

CFD Old West Museum Wendy Fanning 307 778-7290 http://oldwestmuseum.org/children.asp

1.   Western Spirit Art Show – students will get to tour the show and create a piece of work in conjunction with the exhibit
2.  Miss Frontier-Students will look at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Miss Frontier exhibit and learn about the unique history behind this celebrated CFD personality and create a beaded leather purse that is a signature accessory to the Miss Frontier Buckskin.
3.  Western Spirit Art Show and Sale – Western Perspectives-In celebration of this exceptional event students will get to tour the show and create a piece of work in conjunction with the exhibit. Students will be asked important questions such as: What is the west you live in today? How has the glorification of the west affected your perspective? What images come to mind when thinking of the west?

 

Music

 

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra    http://cheyennesymphony.org/k-i-d-s/education-program/
1. Y.E.S. Concerts -  Youth Education Symphony

 

Literary Arts

 

Laramie County Library http://laramiecountylibrary.org/
1. Learn to navigate your way around the Library

 

 

Science

 

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 students
1. Kids learn about the three types of soil (sand, silt and clay) and what makes soils different colors. Then they paint a picture using three different colors of soil as paint.
2. When learning the parts of a flower, the kids use balloons, pipe cleaners and construction paper to build a “monster flower” in an umbrella with all the parts of a flower.
3. Kids make their own flower presses to take home and learn techniques for preserving flowers to use in art work.
4. Kids learn about photography and film development and then use photosensitive paper and materials of their choice to create a solar print in the sun.
5. Candy experiment
6. Cardinal directions scavenger hunt
7. Model hot air balloons ($10/child max. 10 students)
8. Rainbows science experiment
9. Optical illusion
10. Wind turbine experiments
11. Pinwheels experiment
12. Composting
13. Animal habitats
14. Wetlands ecosystem
15. Wildlife Gardener series
16. Oobleck
17. Geodisic domes
18. Nutrition in the Garden series
19. Build a bird nest
20. Landslides & erosion
21.  Soil painting
22. Seed dispersal
23. Solar ovens ($10/child, max. 15 students)
24. Simple machines
25. Crystal trees
26. Bird beaks & tools
27. Animal lifestyles (diurnal vs. nocturnal and omnivores, herbivores, etc.)
28. Hydroponic gardening ($5/child, max. 30 students)
29. Catapults
30. Ping pong airlines ($5/child, max. 15 students)
31. Egg drop ($5/child, max. 15 students)
32. Parts of Plants
33. Pizza plants

Starbase Academy   http://www.starbasewy.org/

History:

 

CFD Old West Museum Wendy Fanning 307 778-7290 http://oldwestmuseum.org/children.asp
1.  Carriages of the Old West:  see the carriages and conveyances that helped build the west.

Cheyenne Depot Museum Kalena Hail http://www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org
1.  The Attic Experience, formerly recognized as the Baggage room is an interactive hands-on experience.  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to dress up in clothing representing historical figures and traveling families from different eras.

Wyoming Statue Museum http://wyomuseum.state.wy.us/Education/index.asp

1.  A guided tour through the galleries. Highlights of each gallery are discussed and questions are asked by both the guide and students. Galleries include: Wyoming’s Story, The Wild Bunch, Swamped with Coal, R.I.P. Rex in Pieces, Wyoming’s Common Wealth, Drawn to this Land and Living in Wyoming. Time is also spent in the Hands-on History room.  This tour meets many of the state education standards in social studies.

 

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jessica Friis 307-637-6459 http://botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp
*Unless otherwise noted, all classes are $1 per child and maximum class size is 30 studentsOutdoor campfires
1. Groundhog Day history and activity
2. Chinese New Year history and craft
3. Valentine’s Day history and activity
4. Presidents’ Day history and activity
5. St. Patrick’s Day history and activity
6. May Day history and activity
7. Cinco de Mayo history and activity
8. Halloween dolls
9. Australian culture and boomerang workshop
10. Peace poles ($5/child, max. 15 students)
11. Ta-be (Native American stickball)

 

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