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City Schools Transportation Fund

Posted on August 27, 2017

The Visit Baltimore Foundation is excited to help get more Baltimore City students to City (and surrounding) attractions that are providing amazing student learning experiences, and, are thriving examples of the depth and breadth of assets and future careers available in Baltimore’s tourism community.

City Schools’ Office of Teaching and Learning has partnered with several of these institutions to develop field experiences aligned to curriculum in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) subjects for grades 1-8. Below are the experiences, listed by grade level, from which your school may choose. The Visit Baltimore Foundation is generously supporting transportation to several of the provider institutions, while several others provide their own transportation.

TRANSPORTATION FUND UPDATE

Due to overwhelming response, The Visit Baltimore Foundation has officially committed all our available funds for the 2018-19 academic year! Stay tuned for announcements on the 2019-20 Transportation Fund.

Several of the partner institutions below may have their own transportation assistance available (including but not limited to the National Aquarium). In addition, our partner and premier bus servicing company, Academy Express, has agreed to extend the same competitive rates that been had offered us to all Baltimore City Public Schools taking trips to these institutions for the remainder of this school year.

If your school is still interested in taking advantage of these curriculum aligned field experiences and can absorb the reduced cost of transportation, please follow the directions outlined below:

* Contact the attraction of your choice (contact information located below each attraction description), secure field trip date and time.

* Contact Lori Parr at Academy express ([email protected]) with subject: “Visit Baltimore Rate” to secure the competitive rate for your field trip.

Those rates are as follows:

Academy Rates

For 2018- 2019 School year*

5 hours - $385

4 hours- $325

3 hours- $285

*For the 54 passengers. Please call academy for 38 or 30 passenger rates all are ADA accessible.

Grade 1

Unit 2: Can You See the Light.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Light's On 

Capacity: Up to 25 Students; 5 chaperones per 25 students recommended
Admission Fee: $5 per student
Days/Times Available: Monday-Friday during school hours
Contact:Jessica Celmer [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 2

Unit 3: What Do Plants Need?
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks – Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory

[email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program


Grade 2

Unit 3: What Do Plants Need?
Great Kids Farm

Great Kids Farm
Capacity: 70 students max; 1 chaperone per 10 students
Admission Fee: No fees
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri, 10am – 2pm; program runs 1.5 to 3 hours
Contact: Jessie Lehson [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 3

Unit 4: Survival of the Fittest
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

ZooLab
Capacity: 25 students maximum per class session; 1 chaperone required for every 8 students
Admission Fee: $140 per one-hour class session (possible grant funding pending)
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri during school hours, March & April 
Contact: Danielle Smith [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 3

Unit 4: Survival of the Fittest
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Self-guided tour
Capacity: Self-guided visits are on Zoo grounds and all public areas and focus on exhibit design. Teachers will use free educational materials provided by the Zoo.
Admission Fee: Free
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri during school hours during warm months
Contact: Danielle Smith [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 4

Unit 1: It’s Electric!
National Electronics Museum

Capacity: 90 students maximum; 1 chaperone per 15 students
Admission Fee: $7 per student
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; program lasts 2-3 hours
Contact: Dan Scotten [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 5

Unit 5: Save the Bay
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Baltimore Harbor Program
Capacity: 28 people maximum, including students AND chaperones
Admission Fee: $220 per trip experience
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri during school hours; limited fall 2018 dates remain; reserve now for spring 2019 season
Contact: Clair Jaeger [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 6

IQWST LS1: Where Have all the Creatures Gone?
Lesson 11: Do Abiotic Factors Affect Populations?

National Aquarium

What lives in the harbor?
Capacity: 72 students maximum with 6 chaperones
Admission Fee: No fees
Days/Times Available:Mon-Fri during school hours in Sept, Oct, Nov and in Mar, April, May; lasts for 2-3 hours
Contact: Symone Johnson [email protected]

Click here to download a description of the program

 


Grade 8

IQWST LS3: Genetics – Constructing a Model of Inheritance
BioEYES
Project BioEYES

Capacity: Up to 50 teachers can participate each year; up to 4 classes a day at a single school
Admission Fee: No fees
Days/Times Available:Four hour paid teacher training is required.
Contact: Rob Vary varyacarnegiescience.edu

Click here to download a description of the program

*Project BioEYES is not eligible for transportation funding as the program comes to YOUR school. You may still facilitate your request for this program via this form.

 

For more information on the units and curriculum connections in question, please contact City Schools:


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