Vacation & Summer Programs
April School Vacation Week
Astronomy Camp with Bobby Farlice-Rubio will take place during the week of April 14-16, 2020
Summer Educational Offerings:
Camp information will be posted starting in January 2020
For students ages 11-15. A maximum of 15 students are allowed but 12 is optimal number for the program. Interviews will follow once we receive your application to determine fit with our Guides program. This year's dates are June 17 through 20 for training and June 24 through August 10 for the program ending with a sleepover. Franklin’s Guides students are expected to commit to at least one day a week. Their days start at 10am and will end at 2pm. Until the museum can provide transportation by van or bus, the staff are no longer allowed to transport students in personal cars as per our insurance carrier. We have a museum Prius that can transport up to 4 total students. As students apply we will be able to ascertain if Thursday field trips will be possible.
Applications will be available in April 2020
About the program
Franklin's Guides is a student docent training program where students are ambassadors of the Museum and represent the spirit of Franklin Fairbanks when he dedicated his collections to the people of St. Johnsbury. Franklin's Guides discover and research exhibits of their choice, then provide short tours or presentations to the public based on those exhibits.
Guides receive mentoring and support from our education team to practice their research, presentations, and public speaking skills. In return, they offer creative perspectives and new ideas that help us keep our interpretations of the collections fresh. This provides both the students and our visitors a closer look at our displays and collections.
What to expect as a Franklin's Guide
Our Guides will spend time on the main floor running existing programs, but also producing their own presentations to the public. They will have the Guides Coordinator, Museum Educators, and experts in various fields as a resource throughout the summer. The Franklin's Guides schedule runs between Monday - Friday, from 10am - 2pm, and students will be expected to commit to at least one day a week to perform presentations. We also have our Thursday Field Trips, from 2pm - 5pm which are optional, but tons of fun for us to get together for summer adventures!
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