Peace Learning Center field trips offer a space for youth to explore what peace means through a variety of activities. Groups can choose to focus on certain topics (listed below), or they can choose a general Peacebuilder Field Trip. The Peacebuilder Field Trip includes a teambuilding activity, meditation/mindfulness, art, hike, and/or a visit to our “be the change” museum. Our goal is for each student to leave PLC having learned something new about peace!
PLC has well-trained facilitators to lead all activities. We always encourage teachers/adults/chaperones to participate alongside the youth as we all explore peace together.
Field trip times are up to the needs of the group though must fit within our business hours of Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups over 20 youth are split into smaller groups rotating to different stations throughout the day to better facilitate meaningful dialogue. Please note that PLC can also come to your site.
Meals at PLC: If the field trip runs through lunchtime groups receive a 30-minute lunch break with your school/organization’s chaperones overseeing lunch. Groups are welcome and encouraged to eat inside PLC or outside at the picnic tables on our property. It is possible to have food delivered, but most groups find it easiest to bring their own lunches. Groups are welcome to use the kitchen at PLC which is fully equipped with refrigerators, microwave, stove, dishware, and utensils. Groups using the kitchen are expected to clean up after themselves.
Cost & Capacity: Our maximum capacity is 75 youth at one time. We charge $5 per youth for a field trip that is less than 4-hours and $10 per youth for field trips that are longer than 4-hours. Adults/chaperones are not included in the fee. Scholarships are available for group field trips.
Field Trip Topics: PLC offers a wide variety of topics for field trips. We can adapt any of our programming to fit your needs. Some of our field trip topics include:
- General Peacebuilders Camp: Includes a teambuilding activity, meditation/mindfulness, art, hike, and/or visit our “be the change” museum. Our goal is for each student to leave PLC having learned something new about peace!
- Communities and Working Together: Students participate in teambuilding activities to build relationships with each other and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to work together and get along.
- Self-esteem and Personal Power: Students gain an understanding of what it means to love yourself, that we are all valued, and what personal power each person has to offer.
- Mindfulness and My Brain: Students learn how to take peace breaths, how their brain works (especially when stressed in fight/flight/freeze), practice how to self-regulate, as well as what it means to be present and mindful.
- Communication and Listening: Students are given opportunities to practice communication as well as what it means to actively listen.
- Conflict Resolution: Students discover what conflict looks like, learn about I-messages, and learn about PLC’S STEP process for moving themselves through conflict peacefully.
- Bullying Prevention and Empathy: Students gain an understanding of what it feels like to be in someone else’s shoes. Through hands-on activities, students also learn what it means to be an upstander.
- be the change: Students explore transforming facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems into playful, hands-on activities which help participants make connections between their everyday actions and the impact they have on our planet, animals, and other humans.
- Implicit Bias for Teens: Students participate in PLC’s Implicit Bias session that is adapted to meet the needs of teenage youth. Youth examine what implicit bias is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize their own, and how to move past bias through action. Youth will explore and reflect in an encouraging space. This workshop needs 3-4 hours.
For more information about field trips and/or to schedule a field trip, please contact Frankie Keesee, Field Trip Coordinator.