CSU, Chico News

Now Is the Time to Arrange Class Field Trips to the Gateway Science Museum

Date: 08-18-2011

Dr. Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
(530) 898-4121, rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director

The Gateway Science Museum is taking reservations for fall 2011 class field trips. The museum has hosted approximately 9,200 children on field trips since fall 2009.

While the new school year is just a week old, class visits are already starting. Rabobank is sponsoring a field trip this Friday, Aug. 19, for approximately 78 students from Chapman Elementary School.

“We appreciate Rabobank sponsoring this field trip and look forward to many schoolchildren coming to Gateway Science Museum this year to see our exhibits,” said Rachel Teasdale, acting executive director of Gateway Science Museum.

Sponsorship of class field trips will support more class visits and in some cases include bus expenses to transport students to the museum. Many classes are unable to visit the museum only because transportation is costly, and parent drivers often do not carry insurance required to transport children on field trips.

Teasdale said class field trip sponsorships support hundreds of students visiting the museum.

Individuals or companies interested in sponsoring a field trip can contact Margaret Schmidt, advancement associate, at 530-898-478 or meschmidt@csuchico.edu. More field trip information is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/gateway/explore/Class%20Field%20Trips.shtml.

The museum’s fall 2011 exhibits are The Hunt for Treasure!, Past Tents: The Way We Camped and Earth as Art. The Hunt for Treasure! explores the science, history and thrill of treasure hunting. Hands-on activities include digging for treasure on Virtual Oak Island and exploring the contents of a geocache. Past Tents: The Way We Camped explores camping in California from post-Gold Rush times to the mid-1900s. Earth as Art is a collection of images taken from space by satellites. From the sand dunes of Algeria to the Painted Desert of Arizona, the images offer a unique way to view our planet.

The Hunt for Treasure! is organized by NRG! Exhibits. Past Tents: The Way We Camped was produced by the California Historical Society and The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and based on the book co-published by Heyday Books and The Bancroft Library in 2006. The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibit Envoy. Earth as Art 3 is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.