Today was Chip’s first field trip. More on that in a bit. Field trips are some of my favorite memories from childhood. I recall the scenarios vividly: the teacher would talk about the upcoming field trip, you needed your permission slip signed by your parents, that day you would need a “partner” for the trip for lining up and sitting on the bus, a packed lunch with a drink and maybe some money for a souvenir. Oh, yay! My first breaths of busting out of a routine and a little taste of independence. Getting the chance to see something new. How I love field trips. When my friends at Lunchables contacted me about their new campaign, “Field Trips for All”, I was interested in hearing all about it. Here is a sad statistic: According to a 2009 report from The American Association of School Administrators, it’s estimated that over the course of the current school year, the number of school districts eliminating field trips will increase by 56%. That’s more than 30,000 schools. Lunchables lunch combinations wants to help deserving kids all over the country go on inspiring educational experiences to help empower kids to realize their full potential.
To help spread the word about the field trip campaign, Lunchables offered to sponsor a local field trip for my family to go on with another family. But, I had a different idea: How about sponsoring a field trip for several of Chip’s friends? Lunchables loved the idea and so I was off creating a plan! Let me stop here for a moment and say that I, Elizabeth, love opportunities like this when big companies step in locally and see how they can make a difference in the community. If more big companies reached out to the parent groups at schools and found out what needed to be funded, that could be a great way to solve some of our budget problems and keep government out of it. But anyway, I digress. So, I remembered I had met “The Animal Guys” from The Wildlife Learning Center at an event about a year ago. The guys had some native California snakes and I though I remembered a Bobcat. So I put a call into Paul, one of the “guys”. Paul said he’d be happy to get onboard with the Lunchables “Field Trips for All” program and give us a deal that would cover his costs only and allow me to invite a lot more of Chip's friends to participate! The Wildlife Learning Center provides outreach and onsite education in wildlife biology. The Center is located in Lake View Terrace, CA (Northern Los Angeles) nestled in an old olive grove where more than 70 different species of rescued and zoo-born wild animals call this shady, natural environment home. With support from the Wildlife Learning Foundation, the Center reaches out to Los Angeles area communities to teach California State Science Standards for the natural sciences through the use of rescued and zoo-born wild animals. The Wildlife Learning Center works to educate youth of all socioeconomic levels about the wildlife we share the planet with. If you are in the Los Angeles area you can visit their facility or have them come to your school. They even have a summer camp program.
What a fun day! I’d like to thank Lunchables for sponsoring the field trip for Chip and his pals today and “The Animal Guys” from The Wildlife Learning Center for giving us such a fabulous presentation. It was so great to hear the little preschoolers chatting about the animals even after the presentation was over. I heard one little kid say to another little kid, “Do you see a red fox? Do you see a gray fox?” I love field trips. We sure had an inspiring, educational experience today. Do you know a classroom that could use one too?
Through June 1, 2010, to nominate a deserving classroom, go to Lunchables and submit a nomination. From all nominations received, 50 deserving classrooms will be selected to go on an inspiring, educational experience.