Vision Statement for "Learn through Travel" - to travel and learn simultaneously, accommodating the needs of children with autism, yet incorporating supports,interaction, and enjoyment among all family members participating in the experience. By documenting/journaling these travel segments, we could use these experiences to illustrate the learning topics, interactions, successes and challenges. We can associate the various travel segments with travel tips and educational supports for families traveling with children having ASD's (experiential learning). It can be formulated to also offer visual representations and recommendations for service providers as tips to better serve this population. This would be an educational (but entertaining) tool for both families and communities.
Preparation for launch of Learn Through Travel Programming
Visit NJ State Museum with Planetarium in Trenton to experience the 360 degree projection dome for the sensation of traveling through the solar system and other exhibits. Lunch would be included.
NJ State Museum - Click here
Executive Board Field trip to interview staff of Embassy Suites in preparation to film and creation of social story for hotel stay introduction
April: Hiatus Due to Holidays
Overnight hotel stay: This would give the children/families the experience of staying in a hotel (sleeping in a new environment). The families would meet us at the hotel as it will be in the area. We would enjoy the pool, play games with mentors (just visiting, not staying), maybe see a movie in a meeting room, have spa treatments such as manicures and shoulder massages for those who would enjoy that. Embassy Suites in Piscataway
Hotel Stay Social Story - Click here
Executive Board Field trip to interview staff of Sea Grant in preparation for our Marine Life adventure at Sandy Hook in July.
Secrets of the Salt Marsh, Field Trip to Sandy Hook
Educational experience, seining and learning important facts about our Eco System.
10am – 2.30pm
Coach Bus Departure from Scotch Plains.
Sandy Hook Sea Grant - Click here
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ Has marked trails through forest, fields and woodlands. Trails are from .3 miles to 1.3 miles.
Liberty State Park ferry (operated by Circle Line) from Liberty State Park to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. We would spend some time at the park and then take the ferry over to visit these historic sites.
October: 10/29/11 or 10/22/11
Farm visit: Possibilities are Duke Farms in Hillsborough for programs in horticulture, agriculture, and nature walks, Celery Farm in Allendale for wetland bird watching or walking, Lee Turkey Farm for viewing a working farm and orchard, Paws Farm Nature Center in Mt. Laurel for farm animals, nature trails, wildlife and exhibits, Johnsons Corner Farm for pumpkin or apple picking, nature walks, hayride, Sunset View Farms in Lafayette. Location/Date to be announced
November: Date TBD
Airport visit: Visit to Newark International Airport via chartered bus. Children would develop a familiarity with being at a busy airport and we would arrange a TSA security informational meeting with the families in preparation for future travel experiences.