Thursday, October 7, 2010

Living History Program

Below is the email that was sent out two weeks ago. As you’ll read below we need at least 50 people to pull off a quality program We are ½ way there! Spread the word.

This is an AWESOME program! Most information you need is below but if you have other questions please email or call me. Older kids, Jr. and HS age are welcome too. I personally was able to watch this program last year and learned quite a bit. It’s very educational and informative.

We will give you a Teacher Packet that will have information we covered during Heritage History Lab (HHL). It will have worksheets and activities that will allow you to go back and continue learning with your children.

Heritage History Lab

Friday, October 15th

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

$6.50 per student ($7.00 if not a Jo Co Resident)

(parents free)

Take your students “back in time” at Ernie Miller Nature Center as they encounter three different people from Kansas’ past in the outdoor setting of the park. During the 1700’s they will meet a French Canadian fur trapper, who describes his life on the waterways and prairies and how he trades with the Indians. They will also meet an Osage Indian who tells of the ways of his people and his interactions with the Europeans. During the 1800’s they will meet a pioneer, who relays the hardships of traveling to Kansas. These living history presentations will be followed in the afternoon by “hands-on” participation in pioneer games, erecting a tepee, and information to acquaint students with the prairie ecosystem.

· How do we pay for the program?

o Payment must be made in advance. No refunds unless program is cancelled by Ernie Miller Nature Center.

1. Field trip will be cancelled if inclement weather OR if we have to cancel due to low enrollment* (see below)

o By phone: Call 913.764.7759 to pay with a Mastercard, Visa or Discover card

o By check: mail payment to Ernie Miller Nature Center, Attn: Cindy Lawrence, 909 N 7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061

o In Person: come by the Nature Center and pay with cash, credit or check.

· Deadline to register and pay: October 8th – extended until October 12th

· We are holding all payments and will not process them until Friday, October 15th. This will save us time and money on issuing refunds if we have to cancel due to weather.

· How can we discuss what we have learned at HHL when we get home?

o You will receive, via email, a Teacher Packet with activity sheets and resources you can use at home.

· Does Heritage History Lab meet any KS Standards?

o Yes, this field trip meets KS Social Studies Standards: H4B1I3, 4, 6; H5B1I1*, 2, 3*, 4: H5B2I4; G5B5I1.

· What grade or ages are appropriate for this field trip?

o This program is geared for 3rd thru 6th grade. However, we understand with homeschool groups that it is beneficial for children of all ages to be able to participate so we encourage you to bring children of any school age. However, due to the length of the field trip, the various locations along the trail and the content we advise not to bring children under the age of 5.

· What time does Heritage History Lab begin?

o Heritage History Lab begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. In order to present to you a quality program we must begin on time as the schedule is tight and we have many fun things to show you.

· What do I need to bring?

o LUNCH: You will need to bring a sack lunch. We will reserve the shelter for you use which will hold approx. 80 people. We do have more space available in front of the building if we need to use it as well.

o Water bottle: you will be out on the trails from 9am until approx. noon. The children sometimes get thirsty so we suggest you bring a water bottle along with you. We do have water fountains in the building if you need a refill!

· Anything else we should know before we make our reservation?

o We do ask that you wear closed toed shoes, spray with bug spray and be ready to have fun!

o Our gift shop will be open during the hours of 9:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. We have books, educational bingo games, t-shirts and much more that you might be interested in.

*In order to put on a quality program we will need at least 50 people registered for the program.

Please forward this on to other Homeschoolers you might know that would be interested in attending.

If you have any questions please contact me at the number listed below or reply to this email. THANK YOU! We hope to see you on October 15th!

Cindy Lawrence
Interpretive Assistant
Johnson County Park & Recreation District
Ernie Miller Nature Center

909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: 913.764.7759 Fax: 913.764.1109 Email:

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