Global Updates From World View July 2005

  See the World without Leaving the Country

Not able to get your students abroad this summer? It is still important to teach all of your students that there is a world beyond your state’s borders. Start the 2005 school year off right by introducing your students to the world without even leaving the state or in some cases your school. Included below is a sample of possible field trip ideas that will add a global component to your teaching. If you have destinations to add, please email Global Updates and I will include new places on the list.

Field Trip Destinations in North Carolina
Ackland Art Museum
The Ackland Art Museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects includes the art of Asia, Africa, Europe and America, with works ranging from ancient times to the 21st century. School groups may visit Wednesday through Friday. Ackland programs are designed to be multi-sensory whenever possible, and gallery teachers are trained to adapt presentations to meet the needs of all students, including those with disabilities. Pre- and post-visit classroom resources are available. School tours are free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The museum is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (

Airborne and Special Operations Museum
The main exhibit gallery moves the visitor through time, starting in 1940 with the conception of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon and ending with today's airborne and special operations units. Exhibits include: Early Airborne, World War II, Vietnam, and Korea and Cold War. A special exhibit on Soldiers: The Global War on Terrorism is now open. Groups are welcome and volunteers and docents are available to assist tour groups. K-12 curriculum and activity guides are available from the web site and are intended to enhance your visit. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays. It is located in downtown Fayetteville. (

Carnivore Preservation Trust
Carnivore Preservation Trust is a wildlife sanctuary offering unique opportunities to learn about animals. School groups are welcome and all tours are guided by a trained volunteer. You will see tigers, leopards, jaguars, and various other exotic species of carnivores. Detailed information about these species is available on the web site. CPT is located in Pittsboro. (

Center for Diversity Education
The Center for Diversity Education of Asheville provides area schools the means to increase the ways diversity is explored in the curriculum. Through exhibits, traveling trunks, road shows, and staff development programs, teachers and students learn the critical role diversity plays in a healthy democracy and assists them in acquiring the skills necessary for its maintenance. (

Discovery Place
The Discovery Place is an interactive science center with changing exhibits and programs. Discovery Place offers a wide array of educational opportunities for students that correspond to North Carolina Science Standards. Information can be provided before a school field trip. The Discovery Place is located in Charlotte. (

Exploris is an interactive museum about the world that utilizes hands-on, interactive exhibits, the visual and performing arts, thought provoking programs and the new IMAX giant screen theatre to help people of all ages learn to respect differences, appreciate similarities, and make connections with people of the world. Many of the exhibits are linked to State and National Standards and teachers can find an interactive on-line guide including Action Cards, directions, and benchmarks for exploring with students. Exploris is located in downtown Raleigh. The museum is closed on Mondays. (

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, advancement, and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks from the earliest periods of exploration and/or colonization to the present day, with particular emphasis in the periods from 1524 to 1945. It is located in Hatteras. (

Greensboro Children's Museum
Children can enjoy dramatic play inside the “Village” at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. “Our World Gallery” is a changing exhibit and currently features a Native American theme. Pre-K through Grade 4 student groups can schedule visits Tuesday-Friday. Accompanying educator guides are available on the web site to help prepare lessons corresponding to the museum visit. Located in Greensboro. (

Mattye Reed African Heritage Center
The Mattye Reed African Heritage Collection seeks to educate people about the culture, history and accomplishments of African societies and peoples of African descent. The gallery is located on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Tours are available upon request. Note the center is closed Sundays and Mondays. (

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers many opportunities for educators and their students. In addition to the popular Star Theater shows, groups can now make reservations for hands-on classes and seminars that cover health and environmental and space sciences. The education staff has developed lesson guides for each of Morehead’s shows and guides include NC SCOS correlations, vocabulary and concepts presented in the show and links to related lessons and resources. (

Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University
The Museum's permanent exhibits consist of objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Two to three times a year the special exhibits gallery houses topical exhibitions reflecting University and community interests. The Museum offers curriculum based programs for grades K through 8 during the school year. The Museum also publishes a newsletter for teachers, called WorldVoices. Located on the Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus the museum is closed on Mondays, unless special arrangements are made. (

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
New museum to open October 2005! It will be located at Duke University Road and Anderson Street, adjacent to the Duke Gardens in Durham. Museum includes permanent African, Latin American, and European collections. Check back with museum in October for school group information. (

North Carolina Aquariums
The NC Aquariums currently operate three facilities: Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. At the aquariums on Roanoke Island and at Fort Fisher, school groups are welcome. Pre- and post-visit activities for grades pre-k through 8 can be downloaded from the web site If your school group can’t get to an Aquarium, the Aquarium can come to you through its Outreach Program, complete with live animals and a variety of topics and activities. Although the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is currently closed until spring 2006, the staff continues to run educational and outreach programs for schools. (

North Carolina Museum of Art
Let your students learn about art and culture from all over the world. The NC Museum of Art has special programs for K-12 school groups and lecture programs for college level audiences. Although, numerous exhibits focus on art from North Carolina, some exhibits and programs have a “global” focus. School groups are admitted free for self-guided visits to exhibitions. Students and adults can use the collection database to find any work of art in the collection by using the Collection Connection/CP&L/Progress Energy Learning Center. The Museum recently launched a new on-line educational resource, Art NC. Discover works of art, interdisciplinary lesson plans, and printable images. Search by subject area, grade level, and geographic region. Explore new worlds, break boundaries, and bring creativity into your classroom. The museum is located in Raleigh and is closed on Mondays. (

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
The Museum of Life and Science showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, gift shops, café and more culminating with the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer CropScience Insectarium. The museum offers 50-minute programs for students (age 4 through grade 8) in their Museum classrooms. Located in Durham. (

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The exhibits of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences look at the natural world through the distinct lens of North Carolina's diverse geography, geology, plants, and animals. The museum offers a wide range of programs and materials for teachers and students. Simple, curriculum-correlated guides help relate Museum exhibits to student curriculums. These guides are available from the museum’s web site The Museum is located in downtown Raleigh. (

North Carolina Zoological Park
Students & teachers are welcome at the NC Zoo located in Asheboro. Programming for K-12 students is available, and on request college level programs have been offered. Students will learn about animals, the need for healthy habitats and actions they can take to help protect and preserve the Earth’s precious natural resources. Educators from the zoo will also come to your K-8 classroom. These programs are designed to transport the Zoo's education resources into the classroom. UNITE is a project of the NC Zoo which establishes extraordinary partnerships between schools in Uganda and North Carolina to advance conservation education. Deadline for the 2005 school year has passed, but check back for involvement in 2006. (

Old Salem
At Old Salem costumed interpreters carry on the work of Moravians in the backcountry congregation town and trading center of Salem. The village consists of four museums: The Historic Town of Salem, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), The Toy Museum, and The Children's Museum. For school groups, Old Salem provides curriculum materials for a variety of age groups. Short tours, full town visits, and special opportunities such as Experience Tours (with a guide, including hands-on experiences) are just part of the various options teachers can consider. Old Salem is closed on Mondays. (

Primate Center at Duke University
The Duke Primate Center is the world's largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates, housing some 250 animals, including 15 species of lemurs, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa. School age children as well as college groups are welcome. The PATH (Primates and Their Homes) programs are designed for groups to enhance their visit. Each age-appropriate program is followed by a tour, and provides students with an opportunity to explore the world of primates and their homes. Two programs are offered year-round. (

At SciWorks, it's fun to learn about science. Travel through the solar system under the dome of their planetarium and meet river otters and other animals in their 15-acre Environmental Park.  School groups are offered classes that are curriculum-based and enhance their classroom studies. A complete guide to school visits is available online. School groups from Forsyth County are admitted free to the parks and exhibits.  SciWorks also has off-site programs that will come directly to your classroom or school. ( 

Field Trip Destinations in South Carolina
Columbia Museum of Art
The Columbia Museum of Art has several permanent and changing exhibits. Among the permanent collection are European works of art. The Museum offers special programs for school groups which include activities that encourage learning through interaction and response. Suggestions for pre- and post- visit activities are available. The Columbia Museum of Art is located in downtown Columbia. (

EdVenture Children's Museum
Don’t miss EdVenture Children’s Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Children Just Like Me.” (May 28- September 11, 2005) Based on the book by the same name, it features 11 vignettes introducing children from Northern Canada (Inuit), Mongolia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Vietnam, Tanzania, India, Western Australia, Egypt, and Russia. School visits offer specific programs and follow curriculum standards. For teachers planning field trips, educator's overviews, related curriculum standards, and pre- and post-visit activities can be found on the web site Of interest is the “Kids of 20S Latitude” International Festival on August 13, 2005 . EdVenture Children’s Museum is located in Columbia. (

Parris Island Museum
This unique museum showcases Marine military history. The 20th Century Military History area covers the period from 1909 to the 1990s. The major displays in this area feature exhibits on World War I, the Banana Wars, China Marines, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, and Desert Storm. (

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Learn about the ships of Patriots Point, the magnificent aircraft, and the rest of the exhibits. History and science standards-based educational programs provide students grades 3-12 with hands-on, interactive, tours and activities onboard the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, and at the new laboratory and weather station located on the Coast Guard Cutter Ingham. The Museum is located in Charleston Harbor. (

South Carolina Aquarium
School groups receive a complimentary Field Trip Planner and Student Activity Sheets. Teachers of all grade levels can apply to participate in the Aquarium's free structured school programs. The South Carolina Aquarium's online curriculum can help kindergarten through eighth grade teachers meet South Carolina State Science Standards and prepare their students for an educational visit to the Aquarium. The Aquarium located in Charleston. (

The Village Museum
Exhibits demonstrate a time line of history beginning with villages of the Seewee Indians and the settlement at Jamestown, SC. by the French Huguenots, through the rice planting on the great Santee plantations and the establishment of the town of McClellanville as a coastal resort. Located in McClellanville, the Museum is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday. (

Field Trip Destinations Near the North Carolina-Virginia Border

Frontier Culture Museum

Learn about the cultures of four different 1800’s farms—German, Scotch-Irish, American, and English—and their traditions, their food, and their farming methods. There are special educational tours and rates for groups. Located in Staunton, Virginia. (

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Visit many gardens all in one day, including a Japanese garden, a healing garden, a tropical garden, and even a butterfly garden. Guided tours and programs can be arranged for pre-K through 6th grade. Located in Norfolk, Virginia. (

Shenandoah Shakespeare's Education Center
Actor-led show tours combine lecture and performance in an educational but entertaining look at Shakespearean theatre. Enjoy a lesson about England’s first indoor theatre, do a little performing, and understand how staging conditions of 17th-century London influenced the works of Shakespeare. Located in Staunton, Virginia. (

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