Exciting Adventures Outside the Traditional Classroom

09/03/2009  |  JANE PHILLIPS and DONNA WYMAN
educational travel

Think outside the Boat! Embark on an adventurous voyage of educational opportunities and exchange the average school day for a fulfilling trip to Kinston, North Carolina.

Prepare to travel back in time and experience the hardships of life as a sailor during the Civil War.  Students will board the world’s only full size facsimile of an Ironclad, the CSS Neuse.  Their personal tour guide will make history come alive as he describes the daily activities and responsibilities of a sailor in the 1860’s. As they tour the ironclad, students will have an opportunity to discuss maritime warfare vessels and technology in the 1860’s.

History will unfold as you explore a Civil War battlefield and discover fascinating details of what happened at the site one cold December so very long ago.

In the late 1800’s firefighting was a somewhat disorganized but passionate endeavor.  The Caswell #1 Fire Station was  built in 1865 after a disastrous fire destroyed much of the downtown Kinston area. Students can examine fire fighting equipment dating from the 1800’s through modern times.  Tour guides at the  Caswell No. 1 Fire Museum relate stories of 19th Century firefighting. 

Visit historic Harmony Hall, the defacto capital of North Carolina. During the Revolutionary War, North Carolina’s first elected Governor Richard Caswell moved the State’s office and government meetings to the house from 1777 to 1781.  Caswell felt that Tryon Palace, the former Capital, was much too vulnerable to British attack. On site docents will relate Harmony Hall’s intriguing history. Spirits associated with Harmony Hall have been known to visit from time to time. The site also includes an early 1900’s schoolhouse, a period garden, and an antique doll collection. 

Explore our back roads and discover Moore’s Family Farm. Students will learn how a family farm operates. Entering the Antique Tool Shed, students will be amazed as they view the primitive tools used in early farming. However, the greatest yield in these fields is a full harvest of FUN. Year-round activities include a corn maze, hay maze, hay rides, old fashioned weenie roast, and petting area. Celebrate Christmas in the Country on the farm and enjoy the lighted trail.

Kinston’s Community Council for the Arts, recognized nationally as a leading visual arts center, offers a variety of traveling exhibitions by nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. As many as 300 works by local, regional and national artists are on display throughout the year. A favorite permanent exhibit that thrills both the young and old is the large detailed train display.

Take a walk on the wild side at Neuseway Nature Center! Here’s a safe, entertaining and educational place for children that will capture their adventurous spirit. Exhibits include snakes, alligators, raccoons, osprey, and a red tailed hawk. Children and adults will gaze with wonder at the galactic shows offered in the 52 seat Neuseway Planetarium, Health & Science Museum.  Kids will love the fun and never realize they are learning as they crawl through giant models of intestines, mouth, stomach and an underground tunnel of blood vessels.  They will love the bubble machine and other hands-on health and science exhibits designed to teach and amuse.  All aboard, Big Daddy Express! Enjoy a ride a ride around a woodland path on this miniature train.  Look carefully and you may see Rocky Racoon, Penelope Possum and other animals native to Eastern North Carolina.  Older students will be challenged by the 16-foot by 24-foot rock climbing wall. Canoeing, fishing and walking trails can be enjoyed on the 55 acre site.

Educational Adventures will provide teachers and students with experiences which are fun filled and educational. The VisitKinston staff is prepared to help you with customized plans for your field trip.  We offer a broad range of activities from exploring Civil War battlefields to star gazing. The field trips will increase a student’s knowledge and understanding of a subject and add realism to the topic of study.  Educational Adventures offer fun filled educational and interactive activities that complement seven fields of study.

Educational Adventures is a program coordinated by the staff of VisitKinston.com. For more information visit www.visitkinston.com or call 252-523-2500.
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