January 23, 2018, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) has been offering school programs since 1976. The outreach has expanded exponentially since, now hosting off-and on-site programs free of charge to schools within the Adirondack Park.
2017 was a great year! See what was accomplished!
· Visited over 55 schools in 12 counties
· Delivered 393 programs to classrooms
· Drove 10,039 miles to reach students in the ADKS and beyond
· 3,069 students and teachers enjoyed field trips to the museum
· 8,046 students and teachers served in their classrooms
· 11,100 + total students and teachers served
The goal was, and remains, to engage students and teachers, both local and on the fringes of the Park, in learning about the history and culture of the Adirondacks, ideally helping them form a personal relationship with the past, present, and future of the region. This is accomplished by offering immersive, thematic, and curriculum-based programs in the classroom and on the museum campus.
An Evolving Curriculum
As educational goals and techniques have evolved, ADKX staff have adjusted programs to meet teacher and student needs. Programs are continually updated and differentiated by grade level, based on NYS Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. While programs always have centered on the student, ADKX has recently expanded opportunities for students to experience purposeful, self-driven discovery even further. Exploration is encouraged through fun group activities focused on artifacts and the museum’s rich collection of primary source materials.
ADKX staff members organized and hosted an Education charrette on August 18th and 19th with participants drawn from as far as the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul; Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, Indiana; The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, Syracuse; the New York State Museum, Albany; and the Smithsonian Institution. Several local teachers participated in a panel discussion to inform museum guests about the ADKX enrichment programs their students have taken part in. Working from the recommendations of charrette participants, the ADKX education team is looking forward to having an impact on more students through digital media as well as enhanced in-person programs. By bringing elements of the Adirondacks into classrooms, new interests and appreciation for the area are being ignited in students who will become the future stewards of the region.