Summer Field Experiences 2017-12-01T11:30:03+00:00

 

Summer Field Experiences

Elkhart Community Schools has a long tradition of providing educational summer field experiences for our high school students. Summer field experiences have provided life-long memories, amazing travel experiences and real-world educational opportunities for the thousands of ECS students who have participated. All summer field experiences are eligible for credit toward a high school diploma, as described below.

Colorado Trip

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Students who participate in the Colorado trip will gain experience in Earth Science and visit numerous historical landmarks as they ride in a bus from Elkhart to Colorado. The Colorado trip includes:

  • Air Force Academy
  • Olympic Training Center
  • The Great Sand Dunes
  • Mesa Verde National Park (2 days)
  • Indian Cliff Dwellings
  • San Juan Mountains (5 days)
  • White water rafting on the Colorado River

Details of the Colorado trip:

  • Open to Memorial and Central students, grades 9-12
  • Classroom preparation: 2018 Dates TBD
  • Field trip (3 trips): 2018 Dates TBD
  • 28 spots per trip available for students
  • Cost: TBD (food/equipment not included)
  • Students will be camping throughout the entire trip
  • Equipment needed: backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cookware, tent and hiking boots (equipment is available to borrow through the school)
  • Students who successfully complete all academic requirements will earn 1 credit toward their diploma
  • Contact: Ed Hibshman at ehibshman@elkhart.k12.in.us or 574-262-5600
  • Please visit https://sites.google.com/a/elkhart.k12.in.us/colorado-trip/ for information or applications.
  • Please visit the Elkhart Earth Science Colorado Trip Facebook page to see photos from previous years.

 

Marine Biology Trip

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Students who participate in the Marine Biology trip will explore aquatic biology and the marine ecosystem of the East Coast. The Marine Biology trip includes:

  • Boston, Bar Harbor and Plymouth
  • Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
  • Aquariums
  • Nature boat cruises
  • Whale watching
  • Handling ocean organisms, like lobsters and sea cucumbers
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding

Details of the Marine Biology trip:

  • Open to Memorial and Central students, incoming grades 10-12, must have passed their grade 9 science course
  • Classroom preparation: June 12-14 (snow days may change the classroom dates)
  • Field trip: June 16-29
  • 28 spots available for students
  • Cost: $640 (food/equipment not included, additional $40 for kayaking and/or paddleboarding)
  • Students will be camping throughout the entire trip
  • Equipment needed: sleeping bag, cookware and tent (equipment is available to borrow through the school)
  • Students who successfully complete all academic requirements will earn 1 credit in high school science toward their diploma
  • Contact: Heidi Krusenklaus at hkrusenklaus@elkhart.k12.in.us or 574-262-5600
  • Please visit the Elkhart Marine Biology Summer Program Facebook page to see photos from previous years.

 

U.S. History Trip

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Students who participate in the U.S. History trip will explore our nation’s capital and historical landmarks, as they learn about U.S. History. The U.S. History trip includes:

  • White House (exterior)
  • Washington Monument
  • Capital Building
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • Lincoln Monument
  • Arlington Cemetery
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • JFK/RFK Burial Site
  • DC at Dark Tour

Details of the U.S. History trip:

  • Open to Memorial and Central students, incoming grades 10-12
  • Field trip: 2018 Dates TBD
  • Classroom instruction: 2018 Dates TBD
  • 28 spots available for students
  • Cost: TBD (food not included, with the exception of hotel continental breakfast on T-W-Th)
  • Students will be traveling via Amtrak train and staying in hotel rooms
  • Equipment needed: detailed list will be provided at a later date
  • Students who successfully complete all academic requirements will earn a second semester US History II credit, a Sociology credit, or a “General” Social Studies credit toward graduation.
  • Contact: Steve Asbury at sfasbury@elkhart.k12.in.us or 574-262-5600


Elkhart Community Schools believes that each student who has the desire to travel for educational purposes and life experience should have the opportunity to do so. Through donations from individuals and groups throughout the community, financial support may be available to students who qualify. Please contact the trip coordinator for details.