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  • TABLE OF CONTENTSIndex

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    Field Trip Destinations

    Attractions

    3 Festivals/Events

    53 Great Outdoors/ELCs

    61 Camps (Day and Residential)

    67

    Presenters/Programs for your group 79

    Travel & Meeting Services & Support Convention & Visitor Bureaus 83 Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts

    89 Motorcoaches/Buses

    93

    Fundraising

    97

    This Field Trip Guide is for:- Teachers and Educators- Community Ed Activity Coordinators- Scout Leaders (Boy & Girl)- Homeschool Parents & Co-op Leaders- Church Youth Group Leaders- Youth Organization Leaders- Activity Directors & Coordinators- Camp Directors & Activities Staff

    2011 Adventure Partners LLC The DIGITAL FIELD TRIP GUIDE ispublished quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summerand Fall) by Adventure Partners LLC and isfree to use and print out for planning, educational, & recreational purposes.Publisher is not responsible for content.

    ADVENTURE PARTNERS LLC8014 Highway 55 Ste 130

    Minneapolis, MN 55427612-518-8353

    www.adventurepartners.org adventurepartners.cr@gmail.com

    Winter 2011Spring 2011

    Summer 2011Fall 2011

    Issue Two

    Faribault Energy ParkA Learning Center & Field Trip Destination

    Faribault, Minnesota

    What is this GUIDE all about? Page 52

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  • Southeastern MinnesotaBig Island Rendezvous Albert Lea

    54-55Faribault Area Tourism Faribault

    14-15, 84-85FarmAmerica Waseca

    16-17National Eagle Center Wabasha

    28-29Owatonna Area Tourism Owatonna

    34-35, 86-87

    Southwestern MinnesotaNative American Culture Camp Pipestone

    30-31

    Northwestern MinnesotaITOW Museum Perham

    22-23

    Northeastern MinnesotaMN Discovery Center Chisholm

    26-27Vertical Endeavors Duluth

    40-41Voyageurs National Park Intl Falls

    42-43, 62-63Wolf Ridge ELC Finland, MN

    48-49, 64-65

    Twin CitiesAmazing Jeffo South Saint Paul

    80-81Base Camp Fort Snelling, Saint Paul

    4-5, 68-69Cathedral of Saint Paul Saint Paul

    6-7Chanhassen Dinner Theatres TC

    10-11ChanDT Musical Theatre Camp TC

    70-71Childrens Theatre Company Minneapolis

    12-13Dine & Discounts Woodbury

    98-99Festival of Nations Saint Paul

    56-57Greater Midwest Fundraising Lakeville

    100-101Historic Theatre Group Minneapolis

    18-19History Theatre Saint Paul

    20-21Mall of America Bloomington

    24-25MN Renaissance Festival Shakopee

    58-59Old Log Theater Excelsior

    32-33Richfield Bus Company Bloomington

    94-95Science Museum of MN Saint Paul

    36-37Target Center Minneapolis

    38-39Vertical Endeavors Saint Paul

    40-41Wabasha Street Caves Saint Paul

    44-45Water Park of America Bloomington

    46-47

    Surrounding StatesChaos Water Park/Action City Eau Claire, WI 8-9Metropolis Resort Eau Claire, WI

    90-91YMCA Camp St Crois Hudson, WI

    50-51, 76-77

    MASTER INDEX - Alphabetical LOCATION INDEX - Alphabetical by region

    Amazing Jeffo South Saint Paul

    80-81Base Camp Fort Snelling, Saint Paul

    4-5, 68-69Big Island Rendezvous Albert Lea

    54-55Cathedral of Saint Paul Saint Paul

    6-7Chanhassen Dinner Theatres TC

    10-11ChanDT Musical Theatre Camp TC

    70-71Chaos Water Park/Action City Eau Claire

    8-9Childrens Theatre Company Minneapolis

    12-13Dine & Discounts Woodbury

    98-99Faribault Area Tourism Faribault

    14-15, 84-85FarmAmerica Waseca

    16-17Festival of Nations Saint Paul

    56-57Greater Midwest Fund Raising Lakeville

    100-101Historic Theatre Group Mpls

    18-19History Theater Saint Paul

    20-21ITOW Museum Perham

    22-23Mall of America Bloomington

    24-25Metropolis Resort Eau Claire

    90-91MN Discovery Center Chisholm

    26-27MN Renaissance Festival Shakopee

    58-59National Eagle Center Wabasha

    28-29Native American Culture Camp Pipestone

    30-31Old Log Theater Excelsior

    32-33Owatonna Area Tourism Owatonna

    34-35, 86-87Richfield Bus Company Bloomington

    94-95Science Museum of Minnesota Saint Paul

    36-37Target Center Minneapolis

    38-39Vertical Endeavors Saint Paul / Duluth

    40-41Voyageurs National Park Intl Falls

    42-43, 62-63Wabasha Street Caves Saint Paul

    44-45Water Park of America Bloomington

    46-47Wolf Ridge ELC Finland

    48-49, 64-65YMCA Camp St Crois Hudson

    50-51, 76-77

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  • Attractions

    National Eagle CenterWabasha, MN

    Base Camp Fort Snelling Saint Paul

    Cathedral of Saint Paul Saint Paul

    Chaos Water Park/Action City Eau Claire, WI

    Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Chanhassen

    Childrens Theatre Company Minneapolis

    Faribault Tourism Faribault

    FarmAmerica Waseca

    Historic Theatre Group Minneapolis

    History Theater Saint Paul

    ITOW Museum Perham

    Mall of America Bloomington

    MN Discovery Center Chisholm

    National Eagle Center Wabasha

    Native American Culture Camp Pipestone

    Old Log Theater Excelsior

    Owatonna Tourism Owatonna

    Science Museum of Minnesota Saint Paul

    Target Center Minneapolis

    Vertical Endeavors Saint Paul / Duluth

    Voyageurs National Park International Falls

    Wabasha Street Caves Saint Paul

    Water Park of America Bloomington

    Wolf Ridge ELC Finland, MN

    YMCA Camp St Croix Hudson, WI

  • NorthernStarCounciloftheBoyScoutsofAmericawelcomesallyoungpeopletoBaseCamp,thefirstofitskindurbanprogramfacilityinthenewlyrenovatedhippodromeathistoricFortSnelling.BaseCampoffersfunandexcitinginteractiveprograms.ItbringsScoutingsnonformal,experientialeducationalapproachrightintotheheartofthecity.Schools,faithbasedyouthgroupsandallyouthorganizationscantakeadvantageoftheuniqueprogramopportunitiestheBaseCampfacilityprovides.Utilizing3,500squarefeetwithintherenovated1907formerCavalryDrillHall,BaseCampfeaturesinclude: Indoorboulderingandnaturalstoneclimbingwall

    (60personsimultaneouscapacity,modeledaftertherocksofTaylorsFalls)

    Outdoorclimbingtowersincludingyearroundiceclimbing

    Indoorandoutdoorhighropes/confidencecourse NASAspaceshuttlesimulator(oneofonlyeightin

    theU.S.) IndoorAmphitheatrewithfullcomputer/videosup

    portandseatingfor200 Indoorarcheryrange CateringkitchenandrefrigeratorspaceforlunchesBaseCampreflectsthecouncilsvisionofhavingapositiveinfluenceonallyoungpeoplewithinitsservicearea,notjustScoutingmembers.TheNorthernStarCouncildevelopedBaseCamptobethestartingpointforgreateradventuresandpersonalgrowthandasameanstoachieveitsmissionofbuildingcharacterandconfidence.

    SchoolGroupsTeacherscanconnecttheirclassroomlearningtoanewkindofexperientialeducation.BaseCampstaffwillassistteachersinmeetingtheirclassroomobjectives.TiedtoMinnesotaStateEducationalStandardsare7agespecific(grades34,56,&78)curriculumstrands: TeamBuilding(e.g.Bullyprevention) EnvironmentalScience History Aviation PhysicalFit

    ness(e.g.Cycling)

    OutdoorSkills Leadership&

    Character

  • CostsSchool group rates for Base Camp opportunitiesare$15forfulldays.Weekdayandeveningmeetingroomrentalsandfullmeetingrentalsarealsoavailable. Full details are on the website.:www.ExploreBaseCamp.org.ReservationsVisitwww.ExploreBaseCamp.orgforcompletedetailsorcalltheBaseCampReservationsHotlineat6127670042Location201BloomingtonRoad,FortSnelling,MN55111Base Camp is located off of Highway 55 andBloomingtonRoad inFortSnelling,MN,1/3ofamilefromtheFortSnellingLightRailstation.

    Youth Groups HerearejustafewexamplesofwaysyouthgroupscanutilizeBaseCamp: Rentaroomforameeting,andschedulethe

    climbingwall,ropescourseorspacesimulator Holdbanquets,programplanningworkshops,

    trainingcoursesorretreats Workshops Lockinsforovernightfunandlearning Teambuildingforyouthleadershipontheclimb

    ingwalls,highandlowchallengecourses UtilizetheResourceLibrarytoplanahighad

    venturetrip

    Surrounding Area Program Opportunities TakeadvantageofsurroundingareasUseBaseCampasahomebaseto: PlanabiketripthatstartsandendsatBase

    Camp,usingtheextensivetrailsystemnearby,usingBaseCampBikesoryourown

    HikeandnearbytrailsofFortSnellingStatePark,whichincludesaswimmingbeachandnatureinterpretivecenter

    Extendyourhiketothenearby14,000acresofpubliclandsborderingtheMinnesotaandMississippiRiversincludingMinnehahaFallsParkandtheMinnesotaValleyNationalWildlifeCen

    BaseCampisownedandoperatedby:NorthernStarCouncilBoyScoutsofAmerica,393MarshallAve,StPaul,MN55102;7632317201;www.NorthernStarBSA.org

  • CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL ~ 239 Selby Avenue ~ Saint Paul, MN 55102651-228-1766 ~ www.cathedralsaintpaul.org

    The Cathedral has one of the fewlife-size replicas of MichelangelosPiet in North America. Thanks toa generous donor, the sculpture isnow on permanent display.

    A focal point of theCathedrals interioris the SanctuaryDome which featuresthe Holy Spiritsurrounded byangels representingthe seven gifts ofthe Holy Spirit.

    Find treasu

  • A community-based charitable organizationdedicated to the preservation of the

    Cathedral of Saint Paul and thefostering of its cultural programs.

    cathedralheritagefoundation.org

    Minnesota Orchestraconductor OsmoVanska warms uphis musicians beforea concert in theCathedral.

    ures both human and divineCATHEDRAL HOURS: Doors are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.TOURS: Guided tours year round Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. except Holy Days and civil holidays. No

    appointment necessary. Meet in the center aisle near the main altar. Self-guided booklets are available for purchase in thebrochure racks and in the Welcome Center on the lower level. Group Tour reservations are recommended. Private tours maybe arranged; call 651-228-1766 or e-mail tours@cathedralsaintpaul.org. A suggested donation of $2 for an adult and $1 fora child will help us care for the upkeep of this irreplaceable landmark; however, no one will be turned away. Parking is free.LOCATION: 239 Selby Avenue, at the corner of Summit Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard, on Cathedral Hill overlookingdowntown St. Paul.

    The Cathedral is one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in our nation. It enshrines priceless mosaics from the Vatican aswell as windows and sculptures by some of the greatest American artists of the past century: Beaux Art design by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. Cornerstone laid in 1907 under the direction of Archbishop John Ireland. First Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday March 28, 1915. Added to the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1974. Designated as the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul in 2009.

    In addition to its religious significance, the Cathedral serves as apatron of the arts & culture. Here are a few examples: Annual concerts include: the Minnesota Orchestra,

    VocalEssence, the University of Minnesota choirs, as well asinternational ensembles such as Kings College Choir andWestminster Cathedral Choir.

    Cathedral Family Day, held the first Sunday in March, is afestive community open house.

    On-going collaborations with national and state historicalpreservation organizations.

    If you would like to help in thepreservation of this great monument

    of faith and culture, contact theCathedral Heritage Foundation at

    651.357.1325 or visitcathedralheritagefoundation.org/donate.

    Xcel Energy Center

    Cathedral of Saint Paul

  • METROPOLIS RESORTFEATURING ACTION CITY & CHAOS WATER PARK

    features all the activities students love without all the work you hate. Join us any week day for discounted school rates and packages. Play at Action City, Chaos Indoor Water Park or both. YOU decide. Plus, you can add pizza and soda to any package.

    Score an A+ by bringing your school to Western Wisconsins ONLY resort. Featuring the fastest go karts in the Midwest, indoor water slides, more than 100 of the most popular arcade games and so much more.

    BORED ISNT AN OPTION HERE!

    Metropolis Resort in Eau ClaireCreated to train the next generation of Super Heroes. Chaos has endless ways to thrill, explore and discover your ultra-human strengths in a comicbook themed waterpark. Scream down slides at lightning speed, unlock mysteries in many interactive zones and discover things few others will.

    Chaos Indoor Water Park

    Action City Family Fun CenterThe only place of its kind in Western Wisconsin. Action City has 55,000 square feet of games, rides, sports and great food, plus outdoor adventures.

    ACTION CITY & CHAOS INDOOR WATER PARK ATTRACTIONSIndoor Go-KartsBatting CagesClimbing WallBumper Cars

    Laser Tag

    Mini-GolfAdventure Maze

    Sprint CarsBandit Cars

    Arcade Games

    3 Water SlidesLazy River

    Hot TubActivity PoolsRopes Course

  • Action CityMinor Pile UpUnlimited Play onall attractions &

    Non-Ticket games

    2 hours $113 hours $134 hours $15All day $25

    Prices are per person &are subject to change

    Chaos Water ParkMinor Pile Up

    Unlimited Playat Chaos Indoor

    Water Park

    All Day $8

    Prices are per person &are subject to change

    Add Pizza & Soda Buffetfor an additional

    $5/person

    Add Pizza & Soda Buffetfor an additional

    $5/person

    Double Your Fun

    3-4 hours at Action City

    AND 3-4 hours at

    Chaos Water ParkPLUS

    Pizza & Soda Buffet

    $24Prices are per person &are subject to change

    GREAT RATES FOR SCHOOLS, SCOUTS & OTHER NON-PROFIT GROUPS

    CONTACT US TODAYPHONE: 888-861-6001 E-MAIL: kristen@metropolisresort.com

    www.MetropolisResort.com5150 Fairview Drive Eau Claire, WI 54701

    For every 15 students you get one FREE chaperone.

    Available Sunday-Friday; No Saturdays. Minimum of 20 people required. Must present tax ID number during booking. Payment in one lump sum in form of a check or credit card.

  • Book Your Student Group at CDT!Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will enhanceclassroom curriculum in the areas of music,theatre and dance, allowing students toexperience, respond to and critique liveperformance. Opportunities to meet with the director,choreographer and cast members!

    Complimentary backstage tours uponrequest and subject to availability

    We welcome chaperoned student groups andprovide student guide materials on our

    website to aid teachers in lessonplanning. Children 5 and older arewelcome to attend a performance.

    WWW. C H A NH A S S E N D T. C OM

    Ask Our Student

    Group Expert

    Peggy Lushine

    Group Sales

    952-934-1544

    800-355-6273

    plushine@chanhassenDT.com

    P.O. Box 100

    Chanhassen, MN55317-0100

    Coming in August!

    NowPlaying!

  • Ages 818All experience levelsare welcome!

    Acting Dance Movement Voice

    Dont Forget About Camp!

    The Twin Citiesfinest theatre

    camp experience!

    FREE Jesus ChristSuperstar ticketwith each camper

    registration!

    ENROLLMENT LIMITED!Register online atChanhassenDT.com

    or call the box office:952-934-1525800-362-3515

    or mail completedregistration form toCDT, P.O. Box 100Chanhassen, MN 55317

    WWW. C H A NH A S S E N D T. C OM

  • 2011-2012 Student Matinee Season

    Now On Sale!

  • CTC Supporting Educators:

    Educator Curriculum Guides for each production, complete with curriculum recommendations and activities (available Spring 2011)

    Post-show Artist Talk Backs

    Educator Preview Nights provide educators with hands-on workshops, sample curricula, access to Teaching Artists, plus an opportunity to preview the production before bringing your class

    On-site lunch facilities at no additional cost

    An ASL/AD Performance is available for each production

    For more information on school groups please contact schoolgroupsales@childrenstheatre.org or call 612.872.5166.

    For more information on groups please contact jbucklin@childrenstheatre.org or call 612-872-5319.

    CTC offers award-winning educational experiences that bring a variety of literary gems to life for young people. Our 2011-12 season is filled with world premiere original works, blockbuster musicals, CTC classics and cutting edge creations. This season promises something new, something powerful, something classic, and something fun for audiences of all ages.

    Now attending a professional theatre performance is more affordable than ever! Tickets prices for students start at only $7 ($10 for holiday). CTC also offers additional Ticket and Transportation Subsidies.

    Plan your Field Trip now to Childrens Theatre Company!

    Childrenstheatre.org 612.874.0400

  • From its beginnings, Faribault has consistently gained nationalrecognition as an educational center. This is due in large measureto the efforts of Bishop Henry Whipple who developed the firstCathedral in the United States in Faribault and also developed asystem of interrelated churches and schools. Because of Faribaults

    history and what it continues to provide, Faribault is known asthe "Athens of the West".

    Faribault is blessed to have 43 individual properties thatare listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

    making it the most historically honored city inMinnesota outside of the Twin Cities. Faribault is

    also honored to have: the 750 acre River BendNature Center with Interpretive Center inside

    city limits, 8 nearby lakes and FaribaultDairy which produces some of the best

    blue cheese in the world.

    Faribault Shattuck-St. MaryS School & StEM SchoolShattuck-St. Marys has earned the reputation internationally as one of the topcollege preparatory schools in the world. The school provides a rigorous academic,arts and athletics programsfosters excellence, self-confidence and well-roundedness. SSM graduatesgo on to excel at premiercolleges and universities. In2011, Shattuck-St. Marys hasbuilt its first new academicbuilding on campus in morethan 80 years Fairfield Hall.Fairfield Hall will house theschools STEM (science,

    technology, engineering and math) classes and its STEM Academy, which is anoutreach effort to engage students throughout the region in STEM activities.Students, teachers and kids of all ages are welcome to come and explore thisfascinating school and its new STEM Academy.

    thE MinnESota StatE acadEMy For thE

    dEaF (MSad) & blind (MSab)The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) enrolled its first student in1863 and the Academy for the Blind in 1866. Both schools take pride in a richtradition of serving the educational, social and emotional needs of deaf/blindand hard of hearing/seeing students throughout the state of Minnesota. Bothschools are located on majestic campuses that feature historic limestone buildingsnestled among mature oak and maple trees along a circular drive. Both schoolsoffer opportunities to come and see how their unique education systems allowthem to teach their students.

    goldStar aMuSEMEntSFaribault is the Home of the Tilt-A-Whirl! Recently the manufacturing facility waspurchased by GoldStar Amusements who will still manufacture Tilt-A-Whirl carsamong many other rides. Tours of the facility are open to any groups andseeing how these rides work is a great opportunity to learn physics and math.GoldStar Amusements is a family operated business with a rich history in the

    carnival industry.

    Faribault EnErgy ParkFaribault Energy Park creates electrical energy,but it also serves as a working educationalclassroom about energy and the environment tobetter understand energy generation, especiallyenvironmentally friendly ways to generateelectricity. The facility is an attractive,approachable campus, including public accessto walking, fishing, bird watching and otherrecreational activities - hence the name:Faribault Energy Park.

  • Shattuck-St. MaryS School & StEM SchoolShattuck-St. Marys has earned the reputation internationally as one of the topcollege preparatory schools in the world. The school provides a rigorous academic,arts and athletics programsfosters excellence, self-confidence and well-roundedness. SSM graduatesgo on to excel at premiercolleges and universities. In2011, Shattuck-St. Marys hasbuilt its first new academicbuilding on campus in morethan 80 years Fairfield Hall.Fairfield Hall will house theschools STEM (science,

    neering and math) classes and its STEM Academy, which is an o engage students throughout the region in STEM activities. rs and kids of all ages are welcome to come and explore this

    ol and its new STEM Academy.

    thE MinnESota StatE acadEMy for thE

    dEaf (MSad) & Blind (MSaB)The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) enrolled its first student in1863 and the Academy for the Blind in 1866. Both schools take pride in a richtradition of serving the educational, social and emotional needs of deaf/blindand hard of hearing/seeing students throughout the state of Minnesota. Bothschools are located on majestic campuses that feature historic limestone buildingsnestled among mature oak and maple trees along a circular drive. Both schoolsoffer opportunities to come and see how their unique education systems allowthem to teach their students.

    r aMuSEMEntS ome of the Tilt-A-Whirl! Recently the manufacturing facility was

    oldStar Amusements who will still manufacture Tilt-A-Whirl cars er rides. Tours of the facility are open to any groups and e rides work is a great opportunity to learn physics and math.

    ments is a family operated business with a rich history in the

    .

    Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism530 Wilson Avenue Faribault, MN 55021

    (507) 334-4381 or (800) 658-2354www.visitfaribault.com

  • To schedule an educational tour Usually as many as 4-5 selected days are available in late September/early October and 7-9 dates are available in May. To get on our mailing list, contact the Farmamerica office at least 2 months in advance to assure availability. Special arrangements can be made for older youth and adults at other times during the school year and summers. Refer to the fee schedule posted on the Farmamerica website.

    Farmamerica is located at 7367 360th Ave, Waseca, Minnesota. It is just 4 miles west of Waseca and 20 miles east of Mankato, just 1.5 miles south of US HWY 14 on CR 17/CR 2. You can get more information about Farmamerica by visiting the website: http://www.farmamerica.org . Phone: 507-835-2052 or email: farmamer@hickorytech.net.

    Complimentary School Tour from the drawing at the conference you are attending) will be available for one school up to a maximum of 40 students and 10 teachers/chaperones. This will include their orientation and educational program for one day. Schools who win this tour must make contact with the Farmamerica office within 30 days to be put on the list for future scheduling and communications. These tours will be held in conjunction with the School Tours program already in place. There is no monetary refund for any tours not taken within a twelve month period from time of selection, the duration of this offer. Standard admission for children at Farmamerica is $5 and $7 for adults. This offer has a value of approximately $270.00.

    Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center * 7367 360th Ave. * Waseca, MN 56093Phone: (507) 835-2052 * Fax (507) 835-2053 * www.farmamerica.org

  • SCHOOL TOURSat the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center

    You are invited to bring your students to Farmamerica for an exciting time travel from the settlement of the Minnesota prairie to the present. Students will learn about the life early farmers and their families faced even before Minnesota became a state and as their settlements grew and modern technologies helped them improve the quality of life in rural areas.

    The school tours program at Farmamerica already involves over 40 public and private schools from Roseville and Rochester to Albert Lea, Fairmont, New Ulm, Hutchinson and in between. School tour programs generally run from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm and allow most schools as far away as 75 miles to do the day at Farmamerica after the kids arrive at school in the morning and return prior to bus departure at the end of the day. Others may need to allow more time by starting from home earlier and planning on a later return.

    Kids bring their own lunches, including beverages. 30-40 minutes are scheduled into the days activities to break for lunch. Students must be chaperoned and school home clearly identified. Specific tour schedules for the day are sent out in advance so that kids and chaperones can prepare for their experience, including riding the time travelers (tractor drawn trams) from site to site. Teachers receive a packet of materials, including evaluation form, at the conclusion of the Farmamerica experience.

    Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center * 7367 360th Ave. * Waseca, MN 56093Phone: (507) 835-2052 * Fax (507) 835-2053 * www.farmamerica.org

  • Photos: Scenes from the Berkeley Rep and Original Broadway productions of American Idiot (by Paul Kolnik and Doug Hamilton); Photos: Blue Man Group National Tour (by Paul Kolnik); The Tree of Life from THE LION KING National Tour. Disney (by Joan Marcus); Original Broadway cast member Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet (by Joan Marcus)

    STUDENT AND EDUCATOR DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

    GROUPS CAN SAVE OVER 50%

    LA CAGE AUX FOLLESOct 1823, 2011

    LES MISRABLES Dec 618, 2011

    DISNEYS THE LION KING Jan 11Feb 12, 2012

    AMERICAN IDIOT*Feb 2126, 2012

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Mar 27Apr 1, 2012

    BLUE MAN GROUP June 1524, 2012

    S E A S O N S P E C I A L

    MAMMA MIA! Apr 2429, 2012

    * AMERICAN IDIOT contains adult content and strong language

  • AMERICAN IDIOT

    BLUE MAN GROUP

    DISNEYS THE LION KING

    GROUP BENEFITS We have special perks just for you!Personalized and Friendly Service Enjoying the best that Broadway has to offer is made easy with our expert service and flexible payment options.

    Priority Seating Broadways biggest blockbusters are hitting the road and your group can be the first in line for tickets! Group leaders have access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

    Great Discounts Groups of 10+ can save 20% on tickets to most shows and groups of 50+ are eligible for even deeper discounts! Ask for specific pricing and about new offers this season*, including expanded discounts for student and senior groups and special weekend pricing! *Please note that not all the shows included have group discounts available.

    Educational Tools Visit our website at www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org/GroupSales to request educational materials, seating charts, bus and parking information. Ask us about scheduling a Q&A session for your student group with members of the shows cast and crew.

    CONTACT US phone 612.373.5665

    email MinneapolisGroups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

    web HennepinTheatreTrust.org Use our online reservation form to make your request anytime, day or night!

  • Adrift on the Mississippi Feb 10-27, 2011 Told through memories, prayers, and spirituals, Adrift on the Mississippi is the true story of Reverend Robert Hickman who led a group of slaves out of Missouri, up the river on a raft to Minnesota in search of freedom. They made their way to St. Paul and founded the first Black church in Minnesota.

    Tale of Twin Cities March 12-April 3, 2011 Beloved Minnesota storyteller Kevin Kling teams up with local singer-songwriter Simone Perrin to spin some yarns and sing some tunes exploring the sometimes loving, sometimes tumultuous, often hysterical shared histories of our sibling cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    American As Curry Pie March 17 April 3, 2011 Weve all felt like we didnt fit in, whether we grew up in our hometown or moved to a new country when we were 6. For Aamera Siddiqui, growing up as an immigrant in the United States was a balancing act between her Indian heritage and her American surroundings. Aameras world consisted of one country inside the four walls of her familys home and another country outside those walls. Curried peas and hot dogs, Catholic school uniforms and colorful saris, Urdu and English all blended and bounced off one another to shape Aameras identity. Told with honesty and humor, American as Curry Pie is one womans story about immigration, assimilation, and discovering what it means to be an American.

    Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story April 30-May 22, 2011 Part biography, part rock n roll concert, this is the musical retelling of the life and times of Buddy Holly from his meteoric rise to stardom to the unforgettable concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring nearly two dozen hit songs including Peggy Sue, Oh Boy! Rave On, and Thatll Be the Day.

    To order your tickets today Call Jill Vaughn, Group Sales

    Manager 651-292-4230 or email

    jvaughn@historytheatre.com History Theatre 30 E Tenth St

    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Brining a Group of Students You and your students will be greeted at the bus and taken to your seats Post-show discussions are included after morning matinee performance Play guides, curricula specific for each show, and promotional materials, available upon

    request or found at our website http://www.historytheatre.com/education Accessibility & Services http://www.historytheatre.com/about/accessibility/ Directions and dining guide (PDF): Many restaurants are located within three blocks of the

    theatre Theatre etiquette guide (PDF): You will be responsible for ensuring that your students are on

    their best behavior before, during of after the performance.

    Adrift on the Mississippi and Tale of Twin Cities

    are supported in part by and award from

  • Education at the History Theatre

    History Theatre provides education groups with a unique opportunity to explore history, social issues, and professional contemporary theatre through engaging live performances and educational resources. Our artists bring the stories to life on our stage and our staff provides the supporting materials that help educators bring the connections to life in the classroom.

    From post-show discussions to play guides to in-class artist residencies, History Theatre provides opportunities for students in grades 4-12 and college to be engaged on many levels

    with the people and events that have shaped the history of Minnesota, the Midwest, and America.

    For more information about the resources that are available for educators please contact Jill Vaughn, Group Sales Manager, by email jvaughn@historytheatre.com or

    call 651.292.4320.

    All productions meet the following education benchmarks

    Language Arts Demonstrate how literary works reflect the historical contexts that shaped them. Read, analyze and critique dramatic selections by comparing and contrasting ways in which character,

    scene, dialogue and staging contribute to the theme and the dramatic effect.

    Theater Consider actors approaches to performing their characters and if those approaches support the expression

    of the plays meaning. Explore significance of the play; compare/contrast with other works, describe historical/cultural

    significance style and genre; identify purpose or function of selected play

    Media Arts Understand the connection between media arts and other disciplines outside the arts.

  • Convenience: Mall of America is easy to reach just off interstate 494 in Bloomington, MN (just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul). School buses use the dedicated drop-off/pick-up area at the north entrance where our representatives will greet you to begin your activity.

    Variety: The Mall of America offers invaluable experiences for field trips: student group programs, retail (520 stores), attractions (amusement park, aquarium, miniature golf and more), restaurants (large selection of fast food options) and entertainment (over 400 free events each year; view upcoming events at www.mallofamerica.com and click events calendar).

    Value: We will work with you to stretch your field trip budgets with group discounts on presentations, tickets, meals, free bus parking and other services. Dont let a tight budget keep you from experiencing your next school trip at Mall of America!

    Accommodations: If your trip involves overnight lodging, choose from 37 quality Bloomington hotels within 10 minutes of the Mall. All hotels offer free shuttle service to Mall of America and MSP International Airport. Visit www.moaspecialoffers.com for discounted lodging packages.

    One-Stop Planning: Mall of America Tourism is a one-stop call to plan all aspects of field trips or special school events.

    For more information or to book your next school trip, contact:

    Romy Ecker Phone: 952-883-8499 Fax: 952-883-8803 Email: recker@mallofamerica.com

    Romy Ecker- Tourism Account Representative Mall of America 60 E. Broadway Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Mall of America is the place for School Trips!

    Education:

    Student Presentations: Learn about history and behind-the-scenes business and marketing aspects that go into maintaining the nations largest shopping mall and entertainment center. Students are invited to participate in discussion and learn about job opportunities within Mall of America. Presentations can be customized to meet the needs of your class curriculum including subjects such as fashion, retail, small business, security/law enforcement, engineering, and others. Time: 60 minutes; Cost: $6.50/person. Includes Mall of America coupon book ($9.95 value).

    Mallquest Scavenger Hunts: Experience a fun and informative scavenger hunt to find as many correct stores, attractions and products as possible with your classmates in 60 minutes. A fun team-building activity! Scavenger hunts can be in combination with the student presentation or a separate activity. Time: 60 minutes Cost: $7-11 per student depending on group size; Student Presentation/Mallquest combo: $12.95 per student. Includes Mall of America coupon book ($9.95 value). *Visit www.mallofamerica.com/guests/tour to download your reservation form and reserve your date for presentations and scavenger hunts.

    Physics Program: How do the seats on the Avatar Airbender ride rotate? How much water is displaced on the Log Chute ride? Participate in hands-on exercises while exploring the laws of physics as they pertain to rides in Nickelodeon Universe, the nations largest indoor amusement park. Time: 3 hours; Cost: free, must purchase 3-hour ride wristbands for a minimum group size of 10.

    Performance:

    Great Room: The Great Room at Mall of America features a stage and seating for up to 300 people. Located in the heart of Nickelodeon Universe, this is the perfect place to hold your next band or choir competition.

    Rotunda: From cheerleading to concerts, the Rotunda at Mall of America a great location to attract a large audience and showcase your performance.

  • History & Cultural Presentations

    Worksho ps & Culture Cam p

    We can help create an experience for your class or group large or

    smallEverything from storytelling and lectures to dance

    presentations and workshops at our location or yours. The Culture

    camp incorporates presentations, workshops, storytelling and lectures

    in a primitive camping experience. Stay in a tipi overnight and eat

    traditional American Indian foods when you attend our culture Camp.

    Here we set up Here we set up a tipi for a school,

    introduced the kids to a little Pow

    Wow style music , dance and then did

    storytelling with a little History about tribal

    life 200 years ago thrown in. This

    presentation ran 45 minutes for each class.

    This group was looking to learn a little more about their tribal ways by creating

    a pipestone pipe at our store in Pipestone. We spent two days carving and

    sanding. As with all our workshops important cultural information and a tour of

    the quarries were part of the learning. Smaller projects such as carving

    arrowheads can be done in about an hour.

    Drumming and singing is always a fun way to

    introduce a culture to children and adults alike.

    Everyone here went away with a new

    understanding of music.

    After a workshop our students learn more about what they have created and

    share some ideas. This was a weekend long pipemaking class done in

    Switzerland. Evening lectures on tribal histories and stories about the

    Pipestone Quarries were part of the workshop.

    Keepers PO Box 24 Pipestone, MN. 56164 * www.pipekeepers.org * pipe@iw.net * 507-825-3734

  • Step Back In Tim e and Experience

    Our Tribal History

    I am Bud Johnston Ojibewa I have been learning about my tribal culture all my life. My

    Grandpa was a spiritual man for my people my grandmother a healer. I was taught to

    always be proud of my tribal heritage. I feel it is important to share this pride and my

    culture with others. As a storyteller I can share my history and culture in the same way

    it was traditional passed on through Origin Stories. (Buds cell phone 605-595-5229)

    I am Rona Johnston Cherokee I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have

    been sharing my rich tribal culture with children for more than 20 years. I am an artist

    and have done everything from making traditional regalia, to beadwork, to carving,

    drawing and painting. (Ronas cell phone 605-376-5712)

    Ideas for workshop and options for the culture camps

    These or similar activities can be tailored for your group depending on age and group size.

    Workshops under 1 hour Workshop taking several hours Pipestone Carving a small item like arrowhead Pipestone Carving a pipe

    Making Dream Catchers Making a Hand drum

    Making a medicine bag Making a Pipe bag or large leather bag

    Beaded Animals made into charms/earrings Making Moccasins or other clothing

    Field trip to Identify Native Plants Learning to Identify Native Plants

    Introduction Drumming and singing Wrap quillwork a strip

    Introduction Native American Indian Dance Any style of beadwork

    Presentations and demonstrations

    Storytelling Native American Indian Dance styles

    History of Early tribal housing styles History of Native American Indian Clothing

    History of Pipestone Quarries Demonstrating Pipestone carving

    History & meaning of beads and decorations Indian Removal and reservation period

    What does it mean to be Indian Today What was it like to live in a tipi

    Demonstrating Beadwork Demonstrating Quillwork

    Demonstrating sweet grass basket making Native American Indian contributions to the world

    Keepers PO Box 24 Pipestone MN. 56164 * www.pipekeepers.org * pipe@iw.net * 507-825-3734

  • VISIT US!

    Village of Yesteryear www.steelecohistoricalsociety.org507-451-1420 | Open: May 1 September 30 | Suggested Curriculum: HistoryTour Time: 1-2 Hours Experience what life was like in Owatonna at the turn of the 20th Century at the Village of Yesteryear. Presented by the Steele County Historical Society, the 15 structure site has become a landmark in the county and a historic treasure. The Village of Yesteryear features two log cabins, railroad station and a caboose from Steele County, general store/post offi ce, fi re station, farm machinery building, blacksmith shop, country school, Dunnell mansion, and the St. Wenceslaus of Moravia Church. The buildings are furnished according to the time they were built, and are connected by a boardwalk.

    Steele County History Center www.steelecohistoricalsociety.org507-451-1420 | Suggested Curriculum: History | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours Our goal with the new History Center is to make history come alive, connecting us all with the past to see and learn from how people really lived. We have greatly expanded our capacity to stage quality educational programs involving hands-on experiences to engage young people and adults in activities that allow them to truly explore history. From elementary school children to retirees, all are welcome.

    State School Orphanage Museum www.orphanagemuseum.com507-774-7369 | Suggested Curriculum: History, Culture | Tour Time: 2-4 Hours Learn about the history of the school from the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation. Watch videos and hear stories as told by those who lived this history. Explore the campus by listening to our four station outside audio tour and visit Cottage 11, a restored boys cottage. Group tours include a presentation by Harvey Ronglien (ward of the state from 1932-1943), a Museum visit, and viewing of the 1930s orphanage video.

    RAD ZooReptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo www.theradzoo.com1-888-4-RADZOO | Suggested Curriculum: Science | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours Come and experience the amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian world including snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodilians, toads, frogs, and salamanders. Our zoo is home to 100 kinds of animals from all over the world. Catch our daily Everglades Encounter, followed by an opportunity to pet an alligator or a snake.

    National Farmers Bank www.owatonna.org/visit/grouptravel.php507-451-5670 | Suggested Curriculum: Art, History, Business | Tour Time: 1 Hour Built from 1906-1908, the National Farmers Bank is widely recognized as one of the premier pieces of Prairie School Architecture in America. The most famous of all Louis Sullivans banks, it is considered a jewel box of the prairie, featuring gold leaf arches, stained glass windows, and nouveau baroque art designs. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and was commemorated on a United States postage stamp in 1981. Visitors from all over the United States and many other countries visit the bank annually.

    Cabelas Worlds Foremost Outfi tterwww.cabelas.com | 507-451-4545Suggested Curriculum: Science, Business, ArtTour Time: 1-2 Hours Cabelas is the largest fi shing, hunting and outdoor gear store in the Midwest and a place the whole family can enjoy. The 150,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a dcor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

    RAD ZooReptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo

    National Farmers Bank

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    Visitors from all over the United States and many other countries visit the bank annually.Visitors from all over the United States and many other countries visit the bank annually.

    Suggested Curriculum: Science, Business, ArtTour Time: 1-2 Hourshunting and outdoor gear store in the Midwest and hunting and outdoor gear store in the Midwest and a place the whole family can enjoy. The 150,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a dcor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

    Visitors from all over the United States and many other countries visit the bank annually.

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    www.oacarts.org | 507-451-0533 | Suggested Curriculum: Art, Culture | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours Spend an afternoon enjoying the art exhibit at the Owatonna Art Center and the diverse group of works by local and regional artists. For over 35 years, OAC invites you to explore, experience, and engagein their unique and meaningful art experiences.

    www.stthomas.edu/gainey | 507-446-4460Suggested Curriculum: History, Art, Business | Tour Time: 1 Hour This beautiful French Norman estate operates as a private meeting facility. Set on 182 acres, every season makes excellent use of the hiking trails, the woods, river, horses and other beautiful scenery unique to the Gainey Conference Center.

    www.stthomas.edu/gainey | 507-446-4460Suggested Curriculum: Art, Culture | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours The Winton Guesthouse is an intricate structure designed by internationally-acclaimed Frank Gehry for Mike and Penny Winton in 1987. The house features an exhibition about the Wintons, Gehry, and the relocation of the house which was once named a Time Magazine House of the Year.

    www.owatonna.org/visit/grouptravel.php | 507-451-7970 Suggested Curriculum: History, Art | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours Encounter a blend of architectural styles from the late 1800s to early 1900s during the Historic Walking Tour including historic homes, schools, churches and other buildings in downtown Owatonna.

    www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/rice_lake507-455-5871 | Suggested Curriculum: Science, Physical Education | Tour Time: 1-2 Hours Long ago, American Indians harvested wild rice from this lake where today, the shallow waters and marshy edges of Rice Lake attract many waterfowl during migrations. Rice Lake is a major wetland in the area. Located 7 miles east of Owatonna, the park is open for camping and day-use activities year-round.

    www.ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation Bike & Skate Park, Water Park, Pavillions for Picnics, Disc Golf Course, Trail System, Kaplans Woods & Lake Kohlmeier, Leo Rudolph Nature Preserve, Lake Chase Park and more!

    F i e l d T r i p sF i e l d T r i p sF i e l d T r i p s

    National recording artist & Owatonna native ADAM YOUNG, began his music career in the basement of his parents home. Founder of the synthpop band Owl City, his hit single Firefl ies sold 650,000 copies in its fi rst week and his album Ocean Eyes reached the top ten in the US album charts.

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    Ocean Eyes reached the top ten in the US album charts.

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  • SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA120 W. Kellogg BoulevardSt. Paul, Minnesota 55102(651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444www.smm.org

    Field Trips at the Science Museum of Minnesota

    The Science Museum of Minnesota is dedicated to producing affordable, engaging, and quality educational experiences for students of all ages.

    Field trips at the Science Museum include: 25% off our low group rates (reduced price eligibility

    is also available) Special Education Entrance and dedicated lunch space Private Omnitheater screenings Professional study guides and curriculum support materials

    Plan your field trip and make your reservation at smm.org/schools/fieldtrips

    About the Exhibition

    Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs features over 100 authentic artifacts immersing you in the daily life, religion, and funeral practices that took place under the rule of the pharaohs.

    Dont miss these complementary Science Museum programs:

    Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs Omnitheater film. The perfect way to learn about ancient Egypt and the science of mummification before visiting the King Tut exhibition. Youll see the most recent CT scans taken of Tuts mummy and learn how the theories about his unexpected death have changed. Learn about the film and watch a preview at smm.org/mummies

    Canopic Coffinette

    Collar of Neferuptah

  • IntroductoryTheater PharaohsofAncientEgypt: ExploresbasicideasofkingshipinancientEgyptovertime,featuringartifactsthatdatefromtheOldKingdomtotheNewKingdom.

    PharaohsFamily:ExplorestheroleofPharaohsfamilyandthePharaohsprivatelife.

    PharaohsCourt:ExploreshowpowerwasdistributedamongthepriestsPharaohsofficials,aswellasotherrolesinPharaohscourt.

    PharaohsReligion: ExploresbeliefsandunderstandingsaboutPharaohsroleasthedivineofEarth,thesupernatural,godsandgoddesses,

    andtheafterlife. PharaohsGold:SeetheamazingabundanceofgoldthatthePharaohshadattheirdisposalandtherolethatgoldplayedintheafterlife.

    DiscoveryofaPharaoh:WitnessthediscoveryandexcavationofKingTutstombinthe1920s.ThenexplorefourgalleriesthatarelaidouttocorrespondwiththefouractualroomsofTutankhamunstomb,including: Antechamber Annex Treasury BurialChamber PharaohsFate:HowTutankhamunwasrememberedorforgottenafterhisearlydeath.

    ModernScience:HowcurrentscientifictechniquesarehelpingscientistsdiscovermoreaboutKingTutandotherancientEgyptians.

    ViewanauthenticreproductionofTutankhamunsmummy.

    THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY?

    Level3AtriumStageWrittenbyMelanieWehrmacher;DirectedbyDionneLavioletteEveryoneknowsKingTutstombiscursed!Orisit?JoinDetectiveAubreyVanClewsontoexaminethefactsandfindoutthetruthifthecursedoesntgetyoufirst!

    ReservethisprogramwhenyoumakereservationsorforshowtimescheckouttheScienceLiveWebpageatsmm.org/sciencelive

    The King Tut exhibition is organized into several galleries:

    KingTutsFuneraryFigure(Shabti)

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  • Indoor rock climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States today. Vertical Endeavors, conveniently located three miles from downtown St. Paul, offers both a fun and challenging activity for climbers of all ages, male or female, novice or pro, any time of the year and in any type of weather. With over 18,000 square feet of climbing surface, Vertical Endeavors can offer a wide variety of climbing for any skill level on its 50+ top ropes, 15 Auto Belays, 2 bouldering caves and multiple sport climbing areas. An excellent beginner area is perfect for introducing new climbers to the sport.

    Vertical Endeavors is a full service rock climbing facility offering a indoor and outdoor lessons, youth programs, group events and experiential programs for corporate and non-profit groups. A complete pro-shop makes fulfilling all your climbing needs affordable and convenient.

    Winter Hours (October 1st to May 31st)Monday to Saturday 10a.m.-10p.m.

    Sunday 10a.m.-6p.m

    Summer Hours (June 1st to September 30th)Monday to Friday 10a.m.-10p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday 11a.m.-6p.m.

    Daily Passes Weekday $13 +taxWeekend $15 +tax

    Rental Items Climbing Shoes $4

    Harness $4Belay Device $4

    Chalk Bag $4Package $10 (all of the above)Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Indoor Rock Climbing Facility

    855 Phalen Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55106 | Please feel free to call for directions

    855 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55106p: 651.776.1430 f: 651.776.1128

    www.verticalendeavors.com

    Price/Person$15.99 weekdays$17.99 weekends

    Call for special school and non-profit group pricing.

    WAIVERSVertical Endeavors requires all participants to have a signed waiver on file upon entering the facility and prior to entering the climbing areas. All minors (anyone under the age of 18 years) needs a waiver signed by a parent or court-assigned legal guardian. No exceptions. Vertical Endeavors requires all customers and members to fill out a new waiver every TWO years.

    Is your group or organization at a loss for its next activity? At Vertical Endeavors, your group will experience climbing in a controlled, professional environment. Whether trying climbing for the first time or returning for more fun, rock climbing is an exciting and challenging activity for any group! Perfect for schools, youth groups, scouts, colleges, friends, day camps, and any other group you may have, our variety of group adventures offer the ultimate programming solution for your next event! Advance reservations and a deposit are required for all of our group events. We require you to pay for a minimum of eight climbers. All of the required rental gear and instructor costs are included in the group pricing, making the packages shown below easy to use, with no hidden costs.

    VE St. Paul Location

    Mpls Location - Opens August 2011

  • Travel Grants

    Voyageurs National ParkLocated in the lake-country of northeastern Minnesota bordering Canada, the Park is a complex system of waterways, including the voyageur highway canoed by 18th-century fur traders. Wildlife thrives here in the boreal-hardwood forest transition zone, and glacier-scoured landscape.

    Travel Grants K-6th grade youth groups, including public schools, private schools, homeschoolers, scout troops, and youth outdoor leadership programs can apply for a travel grant to cover 50% or more of transportation costs for students to participate in one of the free fi eld classes offered through the Environmental Education program at Voyageurs National Park.

    Grants are made possible byDonald Weesner Foundation and Voyageurs National Park Association

    For Application & Information: Visit www.nps.gov/VOYA/forteachers/ or contact Tawnya Schoewe: (218) 283-6670

    Bring the National Parks to life for your students with a field trip to Voyageurs National Park.

    Voyageurs National Park

    Now available for the 2010-2011 school year

    Ecology pond studies Ojibwe lifestyles Geology rocks! 4th grade fall boat tours Outdoor survival skills Loons and eagles Snowshoeing Life as a voyageur

    AND MUCH MORE at Minnesotas Greatest Outdoor Classroom!

  • Free Educational DVD Teach about Minnesotas National Parks

    in Your Classroom!

    Contact Voyageurs National Park Association

    for more info: (612) 333-5424www.voyageurs.org

    Voyageurs National Park

    Education ProgramsNational Parks provide outstanding outdoor classrooms that support and enhance your learning objectives in the classroom. Voyageurs National Park offers environmental education programs, pre-school through sixth grade, at the park and in the classroom.

    These programs encourage students to explore, experience, and engage in the learning process. On-site programs take place at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center within Voyageurs National Park.

    Most programs are aligned with Minnesota State Academic Standards.

    Cost and Scheduling

    All education programs are free. To schedule, call two weeks in advance of your preferred date in Fall, Winter, or Spring. Please have alternate dates available. Call (218) 286-5260.

    VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION is a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t, with the mission to protect and promote the natural, recreational, and historic resources of Voyageurs National Park.

    View the prospectusOn-site & Classroom-based educational programs:

    www.nps.gov/VOYA/forteachers/

    Illustration by DragonArt

    Photos: National Park Service

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    Balloons for table 16 arcade tokens

    Party table for 45 minutes Birthday party host to meet and seat group

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  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    This program is a vital piece of our districts science curriculum. Of the 30 elementary science standards

    required by the state, 11 can be met through Wolf Ridge activities. - Prior Lake teachers

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    Cultural HistoryOjibwe HeritageHistory of the North ShoreLogging Camp LifeVoyageur LifeEarth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & AstronomyPersonal GrowthAdventure Ropes CourseRock Climbing

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & EcologyClimate & EnergyAcid RainFarming & Environment

    Earth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & Astronomy

    AnimalsAnimal Signs

    BatsBeavers

    Birds & Birds of PreyMoose

    Owl Pellet DissectionSmall Mammals

    Snowshoe HaresWhite-tailed Deer

    Wildlife ManagementWolf Ecology

    PlantsForest EcologyPaper Making

    Trees and KeysWetlands Ecology

    AquaticsFisheries Management

    Frozen Lake EcologyLake/Stream Study

    Lake Superior Game

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & Ecology

    Farming & EnvironmentClimate & Energy

    Acid Rain

    Team BuildingWinter SurvivalInitiative Games

    Outdoor RecreationGPS & Geocaching

    OrienteeringCross Country Skiing

    SnowshoeingSuperior View Hike

    CanoeingNight Hike

    ArtsEarthWorks

    Block PrintingDream CatchersWoodland Art

    Wolf Ridges Curriculum Choices

  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    School Trip Features: accredited school (AdvancED, NCA) since 1980 curricula aligned with Minnesota academic standards nationally recognized leader in environmental education special needs accommodations, adventure equipment facilities and equipment for groups of 15 - 360 professional staff who are leaders in the field free and reduced school lunch program available MN residents - tuition expense can qualify for tax credit ask about grants and fund-raisers for qualified schools!

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    The dedicated teachers and parent chaperones who have participated KNOW this trip

    transforms young lives. - School Program participant

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    www.wolf-ridge.org 218-353-7414 or 800-523-2733 (MN, ND, WI)

    Wolf RidgeEnvironmental

    LearningCenter

  • FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENTFOR HEALTHY LIVINGFOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

    CHILDREN & NATURE BELONG TOGETHERLEAVE NO CHILD INSIDEYMCA Camps are American Camp Association accredited, which means the YMCA has met over 300 health and safety standards. Together we are on a mission to Leave No Child Inside this summer!

    Why Choose Y CampsThe ACA and the YMCA recognize the following benefits of camps:

    Free play enhances cognitive abilities, creativity, problem solving, self-esteem and self discipline.

    Natural experiences significantly reduce stress, children are happier and healthier!

    Social Skills Development include Leadership, Communication, and Participation.

    Self-Respect and Character Building include Responsibility, Resourcefulness and Resilience.

    Community Living/Service Skills include Caring, Honesty, Respect for Others and the Environment.

    YMCA Camps are FUN and kids build friendships that last a lifetime!

    Scholarships are available because we believe all children should have access to this amazing experience!

    Find out more: ymcacamps.org or 612-822-2267

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  • YMCA CAMP ST. CROIXcampstcroix.org

    Traditional Overnight and Adventure Camp Experiences

    2 miles south of Hudson, WI 30 miles east of the Metro area, 612-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr.com/campstcroix Ages 7-17 3- day to 27-day sessions Co-ed Specialty Camps: Horseback Riding,

    Rock Climbing, Sailing and Canoeing Challenging Specialty Camps:

    Wilderness Camping; Backpacking Trips, Sea Kayaking, and extended adventure trips.

    Named in honor of MONSIEUR ST. CROIX, 17th century explorer

    Girls and boys have been experiencing the adventure and wonder of camping for more than 102 years at Camp St. Croix. Our camp provides new and exciting experiences, and a chance to spend a portion of the summer actively learning in a fun and beautiful outdoor environment. Campers participate in a variety of traditional and specialized camp activities determined by their age and experience. We offer progressive camping where campers are given the opportunity to challenge themselves each time they come back to camp.

    YMCA CAMP WIDJIWAGAN widji.org

    Wilderness AdventuresEly, MN Burntside Lake, off the Echo Trail 260 miles north of the Metro area, 612-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr Ages 12-18 Overnight wilderness camping

    for teens (boys and girls single-gender trips)

    Progressive wilderness programs begin with 10-day to 12-day introductory trips. Advanced returning campers have opportunities for extended 20- and 40-day adventure trips

    Adventures: canoeing and backpacking trips in the BWCA, Quetico, Isle Royale, Big Horn Mountains, and Rocky Mountains

    WIDJIWAGAN [wij-ee-WAH-gen] from the Ojibwe Comradeship

    Experience high quality canoe and backpacking adventures in the BWCA and North America. Highly-trained and experienced trail counselors provide a safe and growth-filled journey. Campers learn about the ethic of respect, an essential life skill and foundation of all Widji sessions, through the experience of wilderness adventure: respect for self, others, environment and equipment.

    YMCA CAMP DU NORD dunord.org

    Wilderness Adventures for the whole family

    Ely, MN Burntside Lake off the Echo Trail 260 miles north of the Metro area, 651-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr Week long summer family camps Fall, winter, spring destination for

    family retreats and weddings Retreats and conferences Relaxation and fun in a pristine

    wilderness setting For more than 50 years, Camp du Nord has been providing outdoor experiences for families: offering opportunities for enriched family relationships, increased wilderness appreciation, and spiritual growth. Each day provides new adventures, where families have quality time together. Cozy and comfortable cabins range from rustic to full amenity, tent sites also available. Activities include canoeing, sailing, campfires, age-group programming, hiking, crafts, fishing, saunas and more!

    FIND THE PERFECT YMCA CAMP

    YMCA OF GREATER SAINT PAUL612-822-2267ymcacamps.org

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  • MINNESOTAS FIELD TRIP LIBRARYHave you seen the MINNESOTA FIELD TRIP LIBRARY exhibit at a recent conference? You can get lots of different field trip ideas here, and maybe even win a free field trip! The Library is a co-operative effort by an large number of premier destinations and service providers in and around MN designed to show you new & unique field trip opportunities. You may have even signed up to win one of the free field trips and taken home information that was displayed in the exhibit.You can find out if were going to be at your conference, and then see all the conference field trip winners at: www.adventurepartners.org.

    DIGITAL FIELD TRIP GUIDEUpdated and distributed free-of-charge 4 times a year (Jan/April/July/Oct) by email to educators and planners of student & youth field trips, the GUIDE is a directory, and a natural extension of the FIELD TRIP LIBRARY. And its published in digital format, not on paper. You can print out the pages you need, as you need them...Get the GUIDEs link emailed to you every quarter: adventurepartners.cr@gmail.comor find the link to the GUIDE on our homepage: www.adventurepartners.org

    E-MAIL HEADLINE NEWS ALERTSHeadline News Alerts are filled with news and emailed monthly to teachers and youth leaders. The headlines are linked to website landing page(s). Here youll find upcoming dates of theatre performances, museum and gallery exhibits, and relevant activities. Sign up to receive them at: www.adventurepartners.org

    You will receive this if you registered to win a field trip at your conference. Delivered by email every month.

    THIS DIGITAL FIELD TRIP GUIDE IS ALL ABOUT QUALITY

    EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES...

    Its about having quality, up-to-date resources for field trips, in-school presentations, on-site programs, travel services, grants, and fund-raising opportunities. And never before like this...

    As you can see here, its about more than the FIELD TRIP GUIDE... its about convenient tools to help you in your planning, whether its for school, scouts, homeschool groups, or church groups... presented to you in a manner that is respectful of your time and the needs of your students or youth group.

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  • Festivals/Events

    Big Island Rendezvous Albert Lea

    Festival of Nations Saint Paul

    Minnesota Renaissance Festival Shakopee

    Festival of NationsSaint Paul, MN

  • Minnesotas Largest Ethnic Celebratio

    ornorn

    may 5 8, 2011st. paul rivercentre www.festivalofnations.com 651.647.0191presented by the International Institute of Minnesota

    Student Hours:Thu May 5 9:00 am 3:00 pmFri May 6 9:30 am 4:30 pm

    General Public Hours: Fri May 6 4:00 pm 10:00 pmSat May 7 10:00 am 10:00 pmSun May 8 10:00 am 6:00 pm

    Educational ExhibitsDelectable Ethnic Foods

    International BazaarGuest Entertainment

    Hands-on Ethnic Demonstrations

    THIS YEAR THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES Marketplaces of the WorldSince 1932, the Festival of Nations has been committed to providing a superior educational and multicultural experience. Students will get the opportunity to share a sense of dignity in our respective ethnic heritage in a fun and festive atmosphere. Teachers can receive up to six hours of time toward the renewal of their teaching license. We also offer students and teachers activities to supplement the learning experience of the Festival. All student tickets must be purchased in advance through the Festival of Nations office. Please see our website for forms and information. The Festival of Nations is wheelchair accessible.

  • 37 authentic ethnic Cafs featuring over 300 items60 cultural & educational Exhibits focused on this years theme: Marketplaces of the World75 ethnic dance ensembles and musicians from all over the world providing continuous performances35 art demonstrations by skilled artisans of different cultures55 international Bazaar booths, each from a different country, selling clothing, jewelry, toys & other goodsmini Language area provided by Concordia Language Villages

    At the Festival of Nations, 90 dierent ethnic groups from around the world will share their foods, crafts and traditions that form the mosaic of our American culture. Enjoy one of the nations largest and longest running multicultural events and discover that there is so much more to who we are.

  • 41st AnnualRenaissanceFest.com | Open Weekends | August 20th - October 2nd

    Plus: Labor Day & Friday, Sept. 30th | 9am - 7pm | Rain or Shine | (952) 445 - 7361

    FREE Parking!

  • Unique SettingLive EntertainmentOn-Site CateringCostume Rentals

    Discount Ticket PackagesPicnics, Parties & Events

    Artisan DemonstrationRenaissance History

    Live JoustingDance LessonsJuggling School

    DISCOUNTED FESTIVAL ADMISSION$10.95 Adults & Students$10.95 Adults & Students

    $5.95 Child1 complimentary ticket per every

    10 students/children.Complimentary bus driver tickets.

    Free bus parking.

  • Field trips provide students and youth with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. School and youth group field trips encourage our kids to take ownership of their lives, and can heighten their enthusiasm for living and learning.

    Greater AchievementEducation leaders applaud the numerous benefits of hands-on learning that are found in out of the box environments. Field trips provide excellent opportunities for students to achieve by setting before them memorable learning activities. Setting goals and achieving them via field trips have been shown to boost the self-confidence of participating students.

    More Hands-On & Behind-The-Scenes ExperienceExperience is the very best education. When students actually see that what they learned in school already has real-life applications in settings outside of their classroom, their learning experiences are strengthened, and better prepare them for life as a productive adult. Meeting actors after a theater performance, taking a tour of the huge recycling operation at the Mall of America, doing the ropes at Wolf Ridge ELC, or learning how to make an authentic peace pipe in Pipestone add learning values that are never achieved in the classroom alone.

    Many Memories Lasting Long Into AdulthoodNot only will field trips strengthen a student's skills by providing a hands-on learning experience, they can also provide satisfying lifelong memories. Years later, these memories can inspire personal performance, and even provide parents and adult leaders opportunities to connect with their own kids and students. I remember when...

    More Return on Education InvestmentsNot only will field trips help students learn, but they help teachers teach. The best field trips can work hand-in-hand with classroom learning. A unit on a specific subject can help the entire class or youth group prepare and enjoy a satisfying and more productive field trip, reinforcing the knowledge that the students learned from pre-teaching in the classroom.

    Field Trips Have Unique Value for Adults, too...Hundreds of companies and organizations throughout our state not only gain necessary revenues from field trips to stay in business, but they often depend on following generations for high quality employees, researchers, developers, and leaders. Learning at a younger age how to make something (like candy, for example) not only will continue a trade, but can even encourage individuals to have their own businesses. With field trips, our students and youth will be ensuring their futures.

    Field Trips, Learning, and Kids saying...

    That was so cool.

  • The Great Outdoors

    Wolf RidgeFinland, MN

    Voyageurs National Park Intl Falls, MN

    Wolf Ridge ELC Finland, MN

  • Travel Grants

    Voyageurs National ParkLocated in the lake-country of northeastern Minnesota bordering Canada, the Park is a complex system of waterways, including the voyageur highway canoed by 18th-century fur traders. Wildlife thrives here in the boreal-hardwood forest transition zone, and glacier-scoured landscape.

    Travel Grants K-6th grade youth groups, including public schools, private schools, homeschoolers, scout troops, and youth outdoor leadership programs can apply for a travel grant to cover 50% or more of transportation costs for students to participate in one of the free fi eld classes offered through the Environmental Education program at Voyageurs National Park.

    Grants are made possible byDonald Weesner Foundation and Voyageurs National Park Association

    For Application & Information: Visit www.nps.gov/VOYA/forteachers/ or contact Tawnya Schoewe: (218) 283-6670

    Bring the National Parks to life for your students with a field trip to Voyageurs National Park.

    Voyageurs National Park

    Now available for the 2010-2011 school year

    Ecology pond studies Ojibwe lifestyles Geology rocks! 4th grade fall boat tours Outdoor survival skills Loons and eagles Snowshoeing Life as a voyageur

    AND MUCH MORE at Minnesotas Greatest Outdoor Classroom!

  • Free Educational DVD Teach about Minnesotas National Parks

    in Your Classroom!

    Contact Voyageurs National Park Association

    for more info: (612) 333-5424www.voyageurs.org

    Voyageurs National Park

    Education ProgramsNational Parks provide outstanding outdoor classrooms that support and enhance your learning objectives in the classroom. Voyageurs National Park offers environmental education programs, pre-school through sixth grade, at the park and in the classroom.

    These programs encourage students to explore, experience, and engage in the learning process. On-site programs take place at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center within Voyageurs National Park.

    Most programs are aligned with Minnesota State Academic Standards.

    Cost and Scheduling

    All education programs are free. To schedule, call two weeks in advance of your preferred date in Fall, Winter, or Spring. Please have alternate dates available. Call (218) 286-5260.

    VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION is a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t, with the mission to protect and promote the natural, recreational, and historic resources of Voyageurs National Park.

    View the prospectusOn-site & Classroom-based educational programs:

    www.nps.gov/VOYA/forteachers/

    Illustration by DragonArt

    Photos: National Park Service

  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    This program is a vital piece of our districts science curriculum. Of the 30 elementary science standards

    required by the state, 11 can be met through Wolf Ridge activities. - Prior Lake teachers

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    Cultural HistoryOjibwe HeritageHistory of the North ShoreLogging Camp LifeVoyageur LifeEarth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & AstronomyPersonal GrowthAdventure Ropes CourseRock Climbing

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & EcologyClimate & EnergyAcid RainFarming & Environment

    Earth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & Astronomy

    AnimalsAnimal Signs

    BatsBeavers

    Birds & Birds of PreyMoose

    Owl Pellet DissectionSmall Mammals

    Snowshoe HaresWhite-tailed Deer

    Wildlife ManagementWolf Ecology

    PlantsForest EcologyPaper Making

    Trees and KeysWetlands Ecology

    AquaticsFisheries Management

    Frozen Lake EcologyLake/Stream Study

    Lake Superior Game

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & Ecology

    Farming & EnvironmentClimate & Energy

    Acid Rain

    Team BuildingWinter SurvivalInitiative Games

    Outdoor RecreationGPS & Geocaching

    OrienteeringCross Country Skiing

    SnowshoeingSuperior View Hike

    CanoeingNight Hike

    ArtsEarthWorks

    Block PrintingDream CatchersWoodland Art

    Wolf Ridges Curriculum Choices

  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    School Trip Features: accredited school (AdvancED, NCA) since 1980 curricula aligned with Minnesota academic standards nationally recognized leader in environmental education special needs accommodations, adventure equipment facilities and equipment for groups of 15 - 360 professional staff who are leaders in the field free and reduced school lunch program available MN residents - tuition expense can qualify for tax credit ask about grants and fund-raisers for qualified schools!

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    The dedicated teachers and parent chaperones who have participated KNOW this trip

    transforms young lives. - School Program participant

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    www.wolf-ridge.org 218-353-7414 or 800-523-2733 (MN, ND, WI)

    Wolf RidgeEnvironmental

    LearningCenter

  • 1. If outside, bring a bottle water for drinking. Spray bottles are a great idea too. They can keep the face and body cool in the hot sun.

    2. If outside, apply sunscreen at the start of the day. Have a tube for later reapplication. Avoid tanning lotion with little or no SPF. A hat can offer extra protection.

    3. If outside, remember insect and tick repellent. Look for a lotion that is safe for children; avoid sprays. When camp is over, the campers need to be checked for ticks.

    4. Campers need to be dressed for daycamp. Dress for comfort, safety and appropriate temperatures (not fashion). Proper shoes are important too, particularly if they are outside. Opt for tennis shoes.

    5. Any item brought to camp should have the campers names, address and phone number. It also avoids confusion if identical items are brought by two campers.

    6. Leave electronics, handheld games or cell phones at homes. If these items are brought, campers need to know they may be confiscated and returned at camps end.

    7. List all medications. Behavior and allergies (insect or food related) are issues camp staffers need to be aware of. Because the camp staff also looks out for the physical and emotional needs of campers, the more information, the better equipped theyll be.

    8. Campers need to have an emergency contact person. Even more important is that the designated person knows their name, phone, and address has been provided.

    9. Parents and leaders need to read the materials the camp providespolicies, procedures and planned activities. If campers, leaders & parents know what to expect, things will run much smoother. Most camps have a weekly schedule regarding upcoming activities. If there are health restrictions, tell the staff.

    10. Find out if there is an open house where parents and/or leaders can meet the staff and see the facility prior to camp. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to the staff and the facility.

    Finally, encourage your campers to enjoy the experience. Mark the first day of camp on a calendar and do a countdown - and send reminders. Send home a checklist of items needed. And dont forget to share your own camp stories. Remind your campers to do their best, obey the rules, be respectful of others and have a great time!

    Ten Tips for A Great DayCamp Experience

  • CAMPS

    Base Camp at Fort Snelling

    Chanhassen Musical Theatre Camp

    Native American Culture Camp Pipestone

    Wolf Ridge ELC Finland

  • NorthernStarCounciloftheBoyScoutsofAmericawelcomesallyoungpeopletoBaseCamp,thefirstofitskindurbanprogramfacilityinthenewlyrenovatedhippodromeathistoricFortSnelling.BaseCampoffersfunandexcitinginteractiveprograms.ItbringsScoutingsnonformal,experientialeducationalapproachrightintotheheartofthecity.Schools,faithbasedyouthgroupsandallyouthorganizationscantakeadvantageoftheuniqueprogramopportunitiestheBaseCampfacilityprovides.Utilizing3,500squarefeetwithintherenovated1907formerCavalryDrillHall,BaseCampfeaturesinclude: Indoorboulderingandnaturalstoneclimbingwall

    (60personsimultaneouscapacity,modeledaftertherocksofTaylorsFalls)

    Outdoorclimbingtowersincludingyearroundiceclimbing

    Indoorandoutdoorhighropes/confidencecourse NASAspaceshuttlesimulator(oneofonlyeightin

    theU.S.) IndoorAmphitheatrewithfullcomputer/videosup

    portandseatingfor200 Indoorarcheryrange CateringkitchenandrefrigeratorspaceforlunchesBaseCampreflectsthecouncilsvisionofhavingapositiveinfluenceonallyoungpeoplewithinitsservicearea,notjustScoutingmembers.TheNorthernStarCouncildevelopedBaseCamptobethestartingpointforgreateradventuresandpersonalgrowthandasameanstoachieveitsmissionofbuildingcharacterandconfidence.

    SchoolGroupsTeacherscanconnecttheirclassroomlearningtoanewkindofexperientialeducation.BaseCampstaffwillassistteachersinmeetingtheirclassroomobjectives.TiedtoMinnesotaStateEducationalStandardsare7agespecific(grades34,56,&78)curriculumstrands: TeamBuilding(e.g.Bullyprevention) EnvironmentalScience History Aviation PhysicalFit

    ness(e.g.Cycling)

    OutdoorSkills Leadership&

    Character

  • CostsSchool group rates for Base Camp opportunitiesare$15forfulldays.Weekdayandeveningmeetingroomrentalsandfullmeetingrentalsarealsoavailable. Full details are on the website.:www.ExploreBaseCamp.org.ReservationsVisitwww.ExploreBaseCamp.orgforcompletedetailsorcalltheBaseCampReservationsHotlineat6127670042Location201BloomingtonRoad,FortSnelling,MN55111Base Camp is located off of Highway 55 andBloomingtonRoad inFortSnelling,MN,1/3ofamilefromtheFortSnellingLightRailstation.

    Youth Groups HerearejustafewexamplesofwaysyouthgroupscanutilizeBaseCamp: Rentaroomforameeting,andschedulethe

    climbingwall,ropescourseorspacesimulator Holdbanquets,programplanningworkshops,

    trainingcoursesorretreats Workshops Lockinsforovernightfunandlearning Teambuildingforyouthleadershipontheclimb

    ingwalls,highandlowchallengecourses UtilizetheResourceLibrarytoplanahighad

    venturetrip

    Surrounding Area Program Opportunities TakeadvantageofsurroundingareasUseBaseCampasahomebaseto: PlanabiketripthatstartsandendsatBase

    Camp,usingtheextensivetrailsystemnearby,usingBaseCampBikesoryourown

    HikeandnearbytrailsofFortSnellingStatePark,whichincludesaswimmingbeachandnatureinterpretivecenter

    Extendyourhiketothenearby14,000acresofpubliclandsborderingtheMinnesotaandMississippiRiversincludingMinnehahaFallsParkandtheMinnesotaValleyNationalWildlifeCen

    BaseCampisownedandoperatedby:NorthernStarCouncilBoyScoutsofAmerica,393MarshallAve,StPaul,MN55102;7632317201;www.NorthernStarBSA.org

  • Musical TheatreCamp for

    CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES is excitedto announce the 20th anniversary of its renowned summertheatre camp program!Since 1992, more than 10,000 kids and teens have learnedfrom the stage professionals who make musical theatre magichappen here at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres year-round.Regardless of talent or experience, every summer camper atChan DT Musical Theatre Camp will walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    WWW. C H A NH A S S E N D T. C OM

    Acting Dance Movement Voice

    The Twin Cities finesttheatre camp experience!

    FREE Jesus ChristSuperstar ticket with

    each camperregistration!

    $225Half-Day

    Youth/Teen Sessions

    $450All-Day

    Teen Intensiveand All-Day Youth

    YOUTH SESSIONS: Ages 8-12 (must be 8 by 9/1/11)

    June 20-24 - AM & PM June 27-July 1 - AM & PMJuly 18-22 - AM July 25-29 - AM

    SPECIAL ALL-DAY SESSION: Ages 1015June 13-17

    TEEN SESSIONS: Ages 1318 (must be 13 by 9/1/11)July 18-22 PM July 25-29 PM

    Teen Intensive* (must audition)July 1115 ALL DAY

  • THIS YEARS CAMP THEMESIrving Berlin Musicals (youth 8-12)

    White Christmas Easter ParadeCall Me Madam

    Musicals of the 70s (teens 13-18)Grease Sweeney Todd PippinA Chorus Line Applause Annie

    Ages 818: All experiencelevels are welcome!

    ENROLLMENT LIMITED!Register online atChanhassenDT.com

    or call the box office952-934-1525 800-362-3515

    or mail completed registrationform to

    CDT, P.O. Box 100Chanhassen, MN 55317

    WWW. C H A NH A S S E N D T. C OM

    Kids andTeens!

  • History & Cultural Presentations

    Worksho ps & Culture Cam p

    We can help create an experience for your class or group large or

    smallEverything from storytelling and lectures to dance

    presentations and workshops at our location or yours. The Culture

    camp incorporates presentations, workshops, storytelling and lectures

    in a primitive camping experience. Stay in a tipi overnight and eat

    traditional American Indian foods when you attend our culture Camp.

    Here we set up Here we set up a tipi for a school,

    introduced the kids to a little Pow

    Wow style music , dance and then did

    storytelling with a little History about tribal

    life 200 years ago thrown in. This

    presentation ran 45 minutes for each class.

    This group was looking to learn a little more about their tribal ways by creating

    a pipestone pipe at our store in Pipestone. We spent two days carving and

    sanding. As with all our workshops important cultural information and a tour of

    the quarries were part of the learning. Smaller projects such as carving

    arrowheads can be done in about an hour.

    Drumming and singing is always a fun way to

    introduce a culture to children and adults alike.

    Everyone here went away with a new

    understanding of music.

    After a workshop our students learn more about what they have created and

    share some ideas. This was a weekend long pipemaking class done in

    Switzerland. Evening lectures on tribal histories and stories about the

    Pipestone Quarries were part of the workshop.

    Keepers PO Box 24 Pipestone, MN. 56164 * www.pipekeepers.org * pipe@iw.net * 507-825-3734

  • Step Back In Tim e and Experience

    Our Tribal History

    I am Bud Johnston Ojibewa I have been learning about my tribal culture all my life. My

    Grandpa was a spiritual man for my people my grandmother a healer. I was taught to

    always be proud of my tribal heritage. I feel it is important to share this pride and my

    culture with others. As a storyteller I can share my history and culture in the same way

    it was traditional passed on through Origin Stories. (Buds cell phone 605-595-5229)

    I am Rona Johnston Cherokee I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have

    been sharing my rich tribal culture with children for more than 20 years. I am an artist

    and have done everything from making traditional regalia, to beadwork, to carving,

    drawing and painting. (Ronas cell phone 605-376-5712)

    Ideas for workshop and options for the culture camps

    These or similar activities can be tailored for your group depending on age and group size.

    Workshops under 1 hour Workshop taking several hours Pipestone Carving a small item like arrowhead Pipestone Carving a pipe

    Making Dream Catchers Making a Hand drum

    Making a medicine bag Making a Pipe bag or large leather bag

    Beaded Animals made into charms/earrings Making Moccasins or other clothing

    Field trip to Identify Native Plants Learning to Identify Native Plants

    Introduction Drumming and singing Wrap quillwork a strip

    Introduction Native American Indian Dance Any style of beadwork

    Presentations and demonstrations

    Storytelling Native American Indian Dance styles

    History of Early tribal housing styles History of Native American Indian Clothing

    History of Pipestone Quarries Demonstrating Pipestone carving

    History & meaning of beads and decorations Indian Removal and reservation period

    What does it mean to be Indian Today What was it like to live in a tipi

    Demonstrating Beadwork Demonstrating Quillwork

    Demonstrating sweet grass basket making Native American Indian contributions to the world

    Keepers PO Box 24 Pipestone MN. 56164 * www.pipekeepers.org * pipe@iw.net * 507-825-3734

  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    This program is a vital piece of our districts science curriculum. Of the 30 elementary science standards

    required by the state, 11 can be met through Wolf Ridge activities. - Prior Lake teachers

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    Cultural HistoryOjibwe HeritageHistory of the North ShoreLogging Camp LifeVoyageur LifeEarth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & AstronomyPersonal GrowthAdventure Ropes CourseRock Climbing

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & EcologyClimate & EnergyAcid RainFarming & Environment

    Earth ScienceGeologyWeather ForecastingStar Lab & Astronomy

    AnimalsAnimal Signs

    BatsBeavers

    Birds & Birds of PreyMoose

    Owl Pellet DissectionSmall Mammals

    Snowshoe HaresWhite-tailed Deer

    Wildlife ManagementWolf Ecology

    PlantsForest EcologyPaper Making

    Trees and KeysWetlands Ecology

    AquaticsFisheries Management

    Frozen Lake EcologyLake/Stream Study

    Lake Superior Game

    Environmental IssuesClimate Change & Ecology

    Farming & EnvironmentClimate & Energy

    Acid Rain

    Team BuildingWinter SurvivalInitiative Games

    Outdoor RecreationGPS & Geocaching

    OrienteeringCross Country Skiing

    SnowshoeingSuperior View Hike

    CanoeingNight Hike

    ArtsEarthWorks

    Block PrintingDream CatchersWoodland Art

    Wolf Ridges Curriculum Choices

  • Come to Wolf Ridge foR outdooR leaRning adventuRes

    Meaningful & Memorable Learning The best learning takes place while immersed in the real world. Wolf Ridges curriculum and instructional activities give students hands-on experiences and opportunities to work and grow together. An environmentally literate citizen of the world needs to understand natural science systems, to be able to work with others to solve problems, to take on personal risk to stand up for their beliefs, and to comprehend the impacts of human choices upon the environment. Our curriculum has been the model for other centers around the world and embodies over 30 years of refinement by our program staff. Groups may choose from over 57 units of 1-3 hour curricula, all of which are aligned with Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    School Trip Features: accredited school (AdvancED, NCA) since 1980 curricula aligned with Minnesota academic standards nationally recognized leader in environmental education special needs accommodations, adventure equipment facilities and equipment for groups of 15 - 360 professional staff who are leaders in the field free and reduced school lunch program available MN residents - tuition expense can qualify for tax credit ask about grants and fund-raisers for qualified schools!

    Arrange for Your Groups Trip to Wolf RidgeCall 1-218-353-7414, visit www.wolf-ridge.org

    or e-mail programs@wolf-ridge.org.

    The dedicated teachers and parent chaperones who have participated KNOW this trip

    transforms young lives. - School Program participant

    outdooR leaRning adventuResYou can feel the excitement as students unload the busses, ready for the trip theyve heard about for years from

    older classmates and siblings. Soon their voices will echo and whisper through the woods. Many groups have returned each year for over 30 years. Why? Wolf Ridge provides outstanding teaching in a magnificent setting. It s

    the value our students and teachers all share when describing why they come to Wolf Ridge again and again.

    www.wolf-ridge.org 218-353-7414 or 800-523-2733 (MN, ND, WI)

    Wolf RidgeEnvironmental

    LearningCenter

  • FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENTFOR HEALTHY LIVINGFOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

    CHILDREN & NATURE BELONG TOGETHERLEAVE NO CHILD INSIDEYMCA Camps are American Camp Association accredited, which means the YMCA has met over 300 health and safety standards. Together we are on a mission to Leave No Child Inside this summer!

    Why Choose Y CampsThe ACA and the YMCA recognize the following benefits of camps:

    Free play enhances cognitive abilities, creativity, problem solving, self-esteem and self discipline.

    Natural experiences significantly reduce stress, children are happier and healthier!

    Social Skills Development include Leadership, Communication, and Participation.

    Self-Respect and Character Building include Responsibility, Resourcefulness and Resilience.

    Community Living/Service Skills include Caring, Honesty, Respect for Others and the Environment.

    YMCA Camps are FUN and kids build friendships that last a lifetime!

    Scholarships are available because we believe all children should have access to this amazing experience!

    Find out more: ymcacamps.org or 612-822-2267

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  • YMCA CAMP ST. CROIXcampstcroix.org

    Traditional Overnight and Adventure Camp Experiences

    2 miles south of Hudson, WI 30 miles east of the Metro area, 612-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr.com/campstcroix Ages 7-17 3- day to 27-day sessions Co-ed Specialty Camps: Horseback Riding,

    Rock Climbing, Sailing and Canoeing Challenging Specialty Camps:

    Wilderness Camping; Backpacking Trips, Sea Kayaking, and extended adventure trips.

    Named in honor of MONSIEUR ST. CROIX, 17th century explorer

    Girls and boys have been experiencing the adventure and wonder of camping for more than 102 years at Camp St. Croix. Our camp provides new and exciting experiences, and a chance to spend a portion of the summer actively learning in a fun and beautiful outdoor environment. Campers participate in a variety of traditional and specialized camp activities determined by their age and experience. We offer progressive camping where campers are given the opportunity to challenge themselves each time they come back to camp.

    YMCA CAMP WIDJIWAGAN widji.org

    Wilderness AdventuresEly, MN Burntside Lake, off the Echo Trail 260 miles north of the Metro area, 612-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr Ages 12-18 Overnight wilderness camping

    for teens (boys and girls single-gender trips)

    Progressive wilderness programs begin with 10-day to 12-day introductory trips. Advanced returning campers have opportunities for extended 20- and 40-day adventure trips

    Adventures: canoeing and backpacking trips in the BWCA, Quetico, Isle Royale, Big Horn Mountains, and Rocky Mountains

    WIDJIWAGAN [wij-ee-WAH-gen] from the Ojibwe Comradeship

    Experience high quality canoe and backpacking adventures in the BWCA and North America. Highly-trained and experienced trail counselors provide a safe and growth-filled journey. Campers learn about the ethic of respect, an essential life skill and foundation of all Widji sessions, through the experience of wilderness adventure: respect for self, others, environment and equipment.

    YMCA CAMP DU NORD dunord.org

    Wilderness Adventures for the whole family

    Ely, MN Burntside Lake off the Echo Trail 260 miles north of the Metro area, 651-822-2267

    Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and view photos on flickr Week long summer family camps Fall, winter, spring destination for

    family retreats and weddings Retreats and conferences Relaxation and fun in a pristine

    wilderness setting For more than 50 years, Camp du Nord has been providing outdoor experiences for families: offering opportunities for enriched family relationships, increased wilderness appreciation, and spiritual growth. Each day provides new adventures, where families have quality time together. Cozy and comfortable cabins range from rustic to full amenity, tent sites also available. Activities include canoeing, sailing, campfires, age-group programming, hiking, crafts, fishing, saunas and more!

    FIND THE PERFECT YMCA CAMP

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  • Pow Wow time is the Native American peoples way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones.

    This is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage.Pow Wow singers are very important figures in the Native American culture. Without them there would be no dancing. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social.

    As various tribes gathered together, they would share their songs, often changing the songs so singers of different tribes could join. With these changes came the use of vocables to replace the words of the old songs. Thus, some songs today are sung in vocables with no words.

    Yet they still hold special meaning to those who know the song. Many songs are still sung in native tongue either newly composed or revivals of old songs. These songs are reminders to the Indian people of their old ways and rich heritage.

    Dancers have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dancers seen at Pow Wows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not. The outfits worn by the dancers,like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life.

    Pow Wow are organized by committees that work for weeks before the event. At the Pow Wow, the Master of Ceremonies runs the events. The MC works with the Arena Director to keep the Pow Wow organized and running smoothly. These two individuals along with the committee work hard to bring the people together to dance and fellowship together in the circle.

    The Pow Wow begins with the Grand Entry. This is the entry of all the people entering the arena. This originally was a parade through the town the Pow Wow was in. Even today in some Pow Wows, these parades are still held. During the Grand Entry, everyone is asked to stand as the flags are brought into the arena. The flags carried generally include the US flag, tribal flags, POW flag, and eagle staffs of various tribes present. These are usually carried by veterans. Native Americans hold the United States flag in an honored position despite the horrible treatment received from this country. The flag has a dual meaning. First it is a way to remember all of the ancestors that fought against this country. It is also the symbol of the United States which Native Americans are now a part. The flag here also reminds people of those people who have fought for this country.

    Following the veterans are other important guests of the Pow Wow including tribal chiefs, Princesses, elders, and Pow Wow organizers. Next in line are the men dancers. The men are followed by the women dancers. Once everyone is in the arena, the song ends and a song is sung to honor the flag and the veterans. After a prayer, the dancing resumes, usually with a few Round Dances. After the Round Dances, intertribal dancing songs are sung and everyone dances to the beat of the drum.

    With thanks to www.powwows.com

    The Native American Pow Wow

  • Presenters/Performers

    The Amazing Jeffo, Saint Paul

  • Children are fascinated by the wonder ofa blind magician as they learn about:

    Feeling comfortable around peoples differences Perseverance and overcoming challenges Discovering their own talents and abilities

    This extraordinary Magician, who happens to be blind, captures the imagination of your children. His engaging blend of ma gic, music and comedy has entertained and inspired morethan 3,000 audiences. He

    Not Your Typical Not Your Typical

    demonstrates how tomaximize talents forgreater achievement, asthey laugh at his stunts,gags and jokes.

    (651) 457-7300www.amazingjeffo.comjeffo@amazingjeffo.com

    What people say...."The humor and visibility of the tricks were great! Everyone had somuch fun-even the middle school kids were impressed-and got it."

    Danette Grimsrud,Treasurer, Sartell, MN

    He demonstrated abilities rather than perceived disabilities. Kids wereengaged and attentive the entire time. His family involving approachwill help us retain adult participation in the Scouting program.

    Kevin Balfanz, Cub Pack 249Fillmore Central Elementary/Middle School, Preston, MN

    Jeff was funny and put on a wonderful show. He's an inspiration.Linda Hanka, Director,

    Community Corner Brooklyn Center

    "His show reflected his story and drive and love of life." Brooke McCarty

    Doodle Bug Daycare - Lakeville, MN

    Combination of humor and illusions was great! Spiritual content wasgreat.You are a walking testimony of how God can use us if we lethim, even with big obstacles like blindness. We were all blessed!

    Jan Carlson, Cross of Glory Church, Hopkins,

    Your message was well orchestrated and intertwined perfectly into ourprogram mission. It was a motivational jump-start to people who havedamaged self-esteem. It encouraged our clients to overcome hardships.Your humor and ability to improvise comedy was hilarious. You live toamaze. Josh Kohman,

    Correctional Transition Services, Mpls, MN

  • Out of his hat, AmazingJeffo pulls out surprisessure to mesmerize anddelight children of allages.

    Blind Magician! Blind Magician! (651) 457-7300www.amazingjeffo.comjeffo@amazingjeffo.com

    Custom Presentations Accommodate

    a Variety of Audiences: Pre-school children stay focused

    through the use of uncomplicated, colorful tricks specifically geared togroups with shorter attention spans

    An edgier style is used on high schoolage audiences who demand stimulat-ing, fast-paced action throughout

    A sophisticated style is used with adult groups Humorous material and messages can be integrated

    to reflect themes or qualities of your organizationand/or individuals

    Educational, Motivational and Humorous

    Messages Tailored to the Audience,

    Including: ECFE, Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School. Carnivals Daycare and School-Age Childcare Colleges, Universities and Technical Schools Professional Development, Continuing Education and

    Educational Conferences Back-to-School Inservice Community Education Workshops Children and Adults with Disabilities Family and Care Providers for those with Disabilities Disability Awareness Corporate Diversity Commencement, Conference and Keynote Library Parks and Recreation Cub/Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Private Parties, Including:

    Child/Adult Birthday, Bat Mitzvah/Bar Mitzvah, Holiday, Anniversary, Neighborhood, Picnics, Cluband Service Organization, Luncheon and CharityFund Raisers

    Church Groups, Including:Sunday School, Confirmation/Graduation, VacationBible School, Retreats, Lock-In and Kick-offs

    Amazing Jeffo shares his personal passion andawareness of the power of attitude in overcomingchallenges. Amazing Jeffo's message and exampleis a positive reminder of the heights we can reachwhen not limited by a negative attitude. He lives outwhat Charles Swindoll so succinctly says, Themost disabling thing in our lives is the thing we cando the most about - our attitude!

  • What is a Convention & Visitor Bureau?

    Also known as CVBs, Convention and Visitor Bureaus are not-for-profit organizations charged with representing a specific destination/community/region, marketing this specific area, with the mandate of helping the long-term tourism revenue development of their area through a travel and tourism strategy that involves leisure travel, group travel, and corporate/organization meetings, conferences & conventions. Convention and visitor bureaus can be either membership organizations bringing together businesses that rely on tourism revenue for funding, or can be funded through special hotel taxes that are ear-marked for CVB usage.

    For visitors, CVBs are like a key to the city. As an unbiased resource, CVBs can serve as a broker or an official point of contact for tour operators, visitors, and meeting planners. They assist with preparation and encourage visitors to visit local historic, arts & culture, festival & events, and recreational venues.

    Why is a CVB valuable for your visit? CVBs offer unbiased information & preparation services about a destination - usually at no cost CVBs save visitors time and energy, as they are a one-stop shop for local tourism information

    How can a CVB help you plan your school trip?Convention and visitor bureaus make planning and implementing group visits less time-consuming and more streamlined. They can provide access to numerous services, packages and value-added extras. Before your visit begins, CVB representatives can help set up visits to attractions, check hotel availability, and even arrange for personal or group FAM tours. CVBs can also link planners with the suppliers, from motorcoach companies and caterers to off-site entertainment venues, that can help meet the prerequisites of any event.

    CVBs can assist you in all areas of preparation and provide you with detailed reference materials CVBs can quickly and easily establish room blocks at local hotels (providing rooms are available) CVBs can act as a liaison between you and community officials, thus clearing the way for special permits, street closures, et cetera...for your event CVBs can obtain special letters of welcome from high-ranking government officials and in some cases, even bring officials to speak to your group CVBs can help secure special venues and assist in the coordination of local transportation

    So when youre planning, a call to the CVB can help

    you with unique details for your trip... its their job!Thanks to the Stillwater (MN) CVB for this helpful contribution.

    Stillwater - Minnesotas oldest city

    - The Lift Bridge on the St Croix River -

  • Convention & Visitor Bureaus/CVBsCommunity Tourism

    Faribault Tourism Faribault, MN

    Owatonna Tourism Owatonna, MN

    MN State Orphanage MuseumOwatonna, MN

  • From its beginnings, Faribault has consistently gained nationalrecognition as an educational center. This is due in large measureto the efforts of Bishop Henry Whipple who developed the firstCathedral in the United States in Faribault and also developed asystem of interrelated churches and schools. Because of Faribaults

    history and what it continues to provide, Faribault is known asthe "Athens of the West".

    Faribault is blessed to have 43 individual properties thatare listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

    making it the most historically honored city inMinnesota outside of the Twin Cities. Faribault is

    also honored to have: the 750 acre River BendNature Center with Interpretive Center inside

    city limits, 8 nearby lakes and FaribaultDairy which produces some of the best

    blue cheese in the world.

    Faribault Shattuck-St. MaryS School & StEM SchoolShattuck-St. Marys has earned the reputation internationally as one of the topcollege preparatory schools in the world. The school provides a rigorous academic,arts and athletics programsfosters excellence, self-confidence and well-roundedness. SSM graduatesgo on to excel at premiercolleges and universities. In2011, Shattuck-St. Marys hasbuilt its first new academicbuilding on campus in morethan 80 years Fairfield Hall.Fairfield Hall will house theschools STEM (science,

    technology, engineering and math) classes and its STEM Academy, which is anoutreach effort to engage students throughout the region in STEM activities.Students, teachers and kids of all ages are welcome to come and explore thisfascinating school and its new STEM Academy.

    thE MinnESota StatE acadEMy For thE

    dEaF (MSad) & blind (MSab)The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) enrolled its first student in1863 and the Academy for the Blind in 1866. Both schools take pride in a richtradition of serving the educational, social and emotional needs of deaf/blindand hard of hearing/seeing students throughout the state of Minnesota. Bothschools are located on majestic campuses that feature historic limestone buildingsnestled among mature oak and maple trees along a circular drive. Both schoolsoffer opportunities to come and see how their unique education systems allowthem to teach their students.

    goldStar aMuSEMEntSFaribault is the Home of the Tilt-A-Whirl! Recently the manufacturing facility waspurchased by GoldStar Amusements who will still manufacture Tilt-A-Whirl carsamong many other rides. Tours of the facility are open to any groups andseeing how these rides work is a great opportunity to learn physics and math.GoldStar Amusements is a family operated business with a rich history in the

    carnival industry.

    Faribault EnErgy ParkFaribault Energy Park creates electrical energy,but it also serves as a working educationalclassroom about energy and the environment tobetter understand energy generation, especiallyenvironmentally friendly ways to generateelectricity. The facility is an attractive,approachable campus, including public accessto walking, fishing, bird watching and otherrecreational activities - hence the name:Faribault Energy Park.

  • Shattuck-St. MaryS School & StEM SchoolShattuck-St. Marys has earned the reputation internationally as one of the topcollege preparatory schools in the world. The school provides a rigorous academic,arts and athletics programsfosters excellence, self-confidence and well-roundedness. SSM graduatesgo on to excel at premiercolleges and universities. In2011, Shattuck-St. Marys hasbuilt its first new academicbuilding on campus in morethan 80 years Fairfield Hall.Fairfield Hall will house theschools STEM (science,

    neering and math) classes and its STEM Academy, which is an o engage students throughout the region in STEM activities. rs and kids of all ages are welcome to come and explore this

    ol and its new STEM Academy.

    thE MinnESota StatE acadEMy for thE

    dEaf (MSad) & Blind (MSaB)The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) enrolled its first student in1863 and the Academy for the Blind in 1866. Both schools take pride in a richtradition of serving the educational, social and emotional needs of deaf/blindand hard of hearing/seeing students throughout the state of Minnesota. Bothschools are located on majestic campuses that feature historic limestone buildingsnestled among mature oak and maple trees along a circular drive. Both schoolsoffer opportunities to come and see how their unique education systems allowthem to teach their students.

    r aMuSEMEntS ome of the Tilt-A-Whirl! Recently the manufacturing facility was

    oldStar Amusements who will still manufacture Tilt-A-Whirl cars er rides. Tours of the facility are open to any groups and e rides work is a great opportunity to learn physics and math.

    ments is a family operated business with a rich history in the

    .

    Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism530 Wilson Avenue Faribault, MN 55021

    (507) 334-4381 or (800) 658-2354www.visitfaribault.com

  • Owatonna is a thriving regional hubserving as a shopping, attractions, meeting, healthcare and industry magnet for southern Minnesota. Owatonnas amenities rival those in cities many times its size!

    Enjoy Owatonnas great location off I-35, just one hour south of the Twin Cities Metro Area and 30 minutes north of I-90. Also positioned at the intersection of US Highway 14 and 218, Owatonna is within 40 minutes of southern Minnesota metro areas such as Mankato and Rochester.

    With over 575 hotel rooms and various meeting facilities, Owatonna can accommodate a small group meeting to a large convention. And the attractions including Cabelas Worlds Foremost Outfitters, Preferred Outlets Shopping Center, Downtown Historic attractions and shopping, to two 18-hole championship golf courses and over 700 acres of parks appeal to any visitor!

    a great place to meet Lisa Havelka

    Owatonna Tourism Director

    www.v i s i t o w a t o n n a . o rg

    For More Information Contact Lisa HavelkaTourism Director for the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

    320 Hoffman Drive Owatonna, MN 55060Phone: 800.423.6466 507.451.7970 | Fax: 507.451.7922Email: lhavelka@owatonna.org | Web: www.visitowatonna.org

    A GrEAt PlACE to MEEt! | Call 1.800.423.6466 to order your Meeting Planning Guide Today!

    Owatonna is the place to hold your next meeting!

  • A GrEAt PlACE to MEEt! | Call 1.800.423.6466 to order your Meeting Planning Guide Today! visitowatonna.org

    The Owatonna Tourism Department is always looking to bring more meeting and conventions to Owatonna. Services are available to tour operators, show/event planners, even families looking to plan a weekend getaway!If you or your business is involved with a club, civic organization, service group, committee, church, employee group, recreation or hobby that has regular meetings, Owatonna Tourism would like to help you organize your next meeting or convention.

    Pre-Convention/Bidding AssistanceCompetitive Bid Presentation to your Committee, Board, or AssociationPrice/Availability request to lodging properties; best rates and availability for securing room blocks for groups

    Event/Program PlanningArrange for local Dignitaries to welcome your event/group to Owatonnaliaison with local Businesses/Services to assist your event with implementation

    transportation/Shuttle referrals

    Event Notices & Calendar of EventsWelcome letters to your event attendees Event Notices sent to area attractions, lodging, and other hospitality businesses notifying of your eventYour event posted on the Community Calendar of Events

    Group ToursCustomized tour Itineraries for your event attendees/guests/spousesStep-on tour Guide Services: $75 per day for personalized guide services from the OACCT

    Visitor Information & Area CouponsVisitor Guides & Brochures for event participantsMaps for escort/driver to get event attendees/guests around Owatonna safely and convenientlyWelcome Bags for all attendees including area coupons, brochures, pens and other Owatonna memorabilia

    enjoy these area Attractions!Owatonna has the people and amenities to make your next meeting a pleasant

    one! These are just some of the attractions Owatonna has to offer:

    plus many more Surrounding Area Attractions!

  • With more our 50+ destination partners, Minnesotas Field Trip Library is worth a stop for destination brochures, field trip and program ideas, and even to sign up to win a free field trip to

    one of the many being given away at every conference. Since fall of 2010, our partners have awarded more than 400 free field trips and valuable giveaways!

    Did you visit the Field Trip Libraryat your conference?

    You registered to win a field trip, Did you win?To find out, click here: www.adventurepartners.org and then on our homepage click on your conference.

    Angel the Bald Eagle, and Mark Peterson, visited with

    MEEC attendees.

    Scout Leaders valuethe Librarys many

    ideas!

    Hundreds of teachers visited the Library at the 2010 Education

    Minnesota Conference..

    Look for the FIELD TRIP LIBRARY at the following 2011 Conferences:- MN Teachers of Math, Duluth- MN Catholic Home Educators Assn, Saint Paul- MN Music Teachers Assn, Plymouth- Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE), Des Moines- MN PTA Convention, Saint Paul- MN Homeschoolers Alliance- Scouting Conference/Webelo Leaders, Fairhaven- Education Minnesota, Saint Paul- MN Community Education Assn, St Cloud- University of Scouting/Fall, Hudson- MN Assn of Charter Schools- Art Educators of Minnesota, Brooklyn Park- Twin Cities Christian Community Fair, Saint Paul- Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota, Brainerd- MN Middle School Assn, Bloomington

    Watch for more information about the upcoming FIELD TRIP EXPO on 8/16/2011

  • HOTELSRESTAURANTSRESORTS

    Metropolis Resort Eau Claire, WI

  • METROPOLIS RESORTFEATURING ACTION CITY & CHAOS WATER PARK

    Metropolis was the perf-ect place for my husband and I to spend a few days off with our 4 kids.

    -Oronoco, MN

    Be ComfortableThe Metropolis Resort was designed with families and business travelers in mind. You will be amazed by the number and quality of amenities our rooms & suties have for the price. From short visits to extended stays, we have a variety of designer rooms and suites available to meet the specific needs of our guests.

    5150 Fairview Drive Eau Claire, WI 54701

  • PHONE: 888-861-6001 www.MetropolisResort.com

    fun for everyoneAction City, our family entertainment center has55,000 square feet of games, rides, sports and great food, plus outdoor adventures. Action City attractions include: Indoor Go-Karts, a Climbing Wall, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Mini-Bowling, Bumper Cars, Outdoor Maze, Outdoor Mini-Golf, and Outdoor Sprint Cars.Chaos Water Park is the worlds only comic book themed waterpark. Scream down slides at lightningspeed, float around the lazy river and walk the line on the ropes course. Also, featuring multiple activity pools,a hot tub, and the Splash Bar & Grill. With so much todo, theres no chance of getting bored!

    Like us on FacebookGreat Deals, Updates & Promotions!

    Resort PackageDeals Available!

    CONTACT US TODAY

  • Tourism and Minnesotas Economic RecoveryANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT, 2009Travel/tourism in Minnesota generates: $11.0 billion in leisure & hospitality gross sales $3.9 billion in wages $699 million in state sales tax

    CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY Travel & tourism creates jobs and generates sales in virtually every county of the state. Travelers in Minnesota spend more than$33 million a day. Travel & tourism has a positive economic impact on a wide variety of businesses, from nancial services to printing, and from museums to car rentals, supporting Main Street businesses across the state. The leisure and hospitality industry accounts for 17% of Minnesotas state sales tax revenues. Tourism is comparable to agriculture in its contributions to the gross state product.

    GROWTH IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRYSales at leisure and hospitality businessesgrew 36% from 2000 to 2009

    TOURISM EMPLOYMENTTourism means jobs in communities across Minnesota. The leisure and hospitality industry accounts for:

    243,100 full- and part-time jobs * 11% of the states total private sector employment.

    GROWTH IN LEISURE & HOSPITALITY JOBS

    Information for the tourism industry, including additional research reports and information on state tourism marketing programs, is available at: www.industry.exploreminnesota.com

    Sources: Explore Minnesota Tourism, spring/summer 2000;The Economic Impact of Expenditures by Travelers on Minnesota,June 2007-May 2008, Davidson-Peterson Associates;Minnesota Department of Revenue, 2009; Minnesota Departmentof Employment and Economic Development, 2009; Bureau ofLabor Statistics; U.S. Travel Association.

    Produced by Explore Minnesota Tourism, an of ce of the State of Minnesota. 1/11

    RETURN ON INVESTMENTEvery $1 invested in state tourism marketingreturns an estimated: $4.60 in state and local taxes $20.40 in wages $53 in gross sales

    The economic impact of travel & tourism in Minnesota ranks signi cantly higher for some measures compared to other states:

    Minnesota Ranking Among StatesState Tourism Of ce Budget 28thTraveler Spending 22ndTravel-Generated Employment 18thTravel-Generated Payroll 14thTravel-Generated Tax Receipts 9th

    TRAVELER EXPENDITURES BY SEASON

    1985 - $3.21990 - $4.01995 - $5.62000 - $8.12005 - $10.22009 - $11.0

    Leisure & Hospitality Gross Sales (in billions) 1985-2009

    24%Winter(Dec-Mar)

    25%Fall(Sept-Nov)

    14%Spring(Apr-May)

    37%Summer(Jun-Aug)

    * Projected

    Leisure and hospitality employment was up 2% in 2010 over 2009 Leisure and hospitality has been among Minnesotas top industries for job growth coming out of the recession. Minnesotas leisure and hospitality job growth ranked 5th in the nation, with 245,300 jobs in November 2010, a 4.5% increase over November 2009. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

    CHANGE IN MINNESOTA LODGING DEMAND (Rooms Sold) Source: STR (Smith Travel Research, Inc.)

    Demand for rooms at Minnesota lodging properties bounced back substantially in 2010, re ecting an increase in business and leisure travel.

    TRAVELER SPENDING BY SECTORSpending during Minnesotas 39 million annual person-visits is distributed throughout the economy: Shopping 25% Recreation 25% Food 24% Lodging 14% Transportation 12%

    1985 - 159,8601990 - 181,9561995 - 214,2652000 - 235,0232005 - 242,3042009 - 238,1302010 - 243,100 *

    Leisure & HospitalityEmployment 1985-2010

    3.2%0.1%

    3.4%

    7.4%

    -2.1%

    -5.6%

    200520062007200820092010 **year to date through November

  • Motorcoaches / Buses

    Richfield Bus CompanyBloomington, MN

    Richfield Bus Company Bloomington

  • We have several large trailers to accommodate your needs for any venue. Our trailers are set up with optional rolling racks for Band Uniforms, Choir Robes, Instruments, or any item too bulky or heavy to be carrying around. Our rolling racks are built with lock down bars keeping your items secure from bouncing off the racks and onto the ground. These rolling racks make for an easy access option allowing you to roll right out of the trailers to your function onsite. From bicycles to motorized vehicles, we can carry it all!

    We Specialize in Student Travel... from local daytrips to long distance trips.

    Rosemount High School Marching BandI wanted to share with you our EXTREMELY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE with your INCREDIBLE BUS DRIVERS this past weekend!!!

    WOW!!! These bus drivers Greg, Mike, Dan and Dave are the most incredibly professional, kind, positive-minded, dependable and responsible drivers in the business! Very impressive people, driving beautiful motorcoaches that allow us as teachers to offer a highly memorable and educational experience to our students.Our trip to St. Louis with the Rosemount HS Marching Band was highly successful due in large to the bus drivers (and the equipment they operated) that got us there and back safely, timely and happily!Richfield Bus Company is a great motorcoach operation thanks for all that you do to provide such outstanding and high quality service, people and buses.

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