Experiential and Travel Programs

Experiential and Travel Programs 2017-11-17T16:13:26+00:00

Travel Program

Curriculum-based educational travel programs take students out into the world to extend their academic experiences. Beginning in Preschool, our students travel off campus to visit local area museums and cultural sites and are introduced to all the Berkshires has to offer. As they get older, students travel to New York City, Boston, and other surrounding cities to visit museums, view exhibits, and attend artistic performances which augment the classroom curriculum. Beginning in Grade 5, students participate in extended, curriculum-based travel programs designed to strengthen independence, build community, and culminate programs of study.

Travel Highlights

  • Grade 5 students spend four days of science study at Nature’s Classroom in Rhode Island
  • Grade 6 students embark on a four-day leadership skills building program at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont
  • Grade 7 students travel to Washington, D.C. on a combined art and history trip with stops at the Baltimore Aquarium, Visionary Art Museum, The National Gallery, Capitol Hill, National Holocaust Museum, Gettysburg Battlefield, and Mt. Vernon
  • Grade 8 students travel to the Florida Everglades to study this fragile and endangered ecological system as an extension of their environmental science curriculum
  • Grade 9 students travel to France and Spain as a culmination of their study of French and Spanish. It is an immersion experience and one for which our students participate fully in its academic design. As a result of integrated work throughout the year, the students become our primary tour guides; each presenting on historical sites and museums and all in the target language.

BCD’s maiden voyage on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

BCD eight graders embark on an annual environmental studies field trip on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. A  meaningful and joyful component to the biology curriculum, students engage in a variety of water conservation activities and enjoy hands-on sailing experience, helping to raise and lower the sails, navigate the boat, and set and haul in a fishing net. They visit learning stations around the sloop to examine the day’s catch, perform water quality tests, explore the living quarters, and study plankton and other vertebrate life under field magnification. This annual educational experience is made possible by The James C. Kapteyn Endowment for Environmental Studies and honors the memory of Jamie Kapteyn ’76 and his passion for environmental studies and water conservation.