Hall of Fame Education Department Adds New Programs for School Group and Home School Audiences

Beyond-the-Classroom Lessons Offer Schoolchildren of All Ages an Unforgettable Day while Exploring the History of the National Pastime

February 16, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – A trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum provides everlasting memories for thousands of Cooperstown visitors every year.

But for schoolchildren in and around Central New York, a Hall of Fame visit also means an out-of-the-classroom learning experience that connects America’s National Pastime to core classroom curriculum such as math, science, history and character education.

The Museum hosts hundreds of on-site field trips throughout the year, and starting this spring the Hall of Fame’s nationally renown Education Department is launching new field trip programs designed to provide students with age-appropriate lessons while experiencing baseball’s timeless connection to America.

The new field trip experiences include:

Diamond Discovery Days: This new field trip opportunity will allow school groups to experience the Baseball Hall of Fame in a whole new way. Students will be greeted by Hall of Fame education staff, receive a printed schedule of events, and then be sent off on a self guided exploration of the Museum. Programs offered will include scavenger hunts, hands-on history cart presentations, artifact spotlight presentations, and time to explore the interactive and educational Learning Center.

The Museum will also offer a new Home School Discovery Day in conjunction with the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. Home School Discovery Day will be held April 11, and the two Cooperstown museums will welcome families and groups who participate in home education to a special day of programming. The Hall of Fame’s programming will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature guided and self-guided exploration activities for students in grades K-12, focusing on the core subjects of math, science, social studies, the arts and character education. The Farmers’ Museum programs run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to register for the Hall of Fame’s Home School Discovery Day, please call 607-547-0347 or email the Education Department at education [at] baseballhall [dot] org.

Library Experience Program: This program allows K-12 students and teachers the opportunity to utilize the resources of the Giamatti Research Center during their visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Program options include a meet and greet with a member of the Hall of Fame’s research team, an introduction to archival and primary research, and/or time for students to research a topic of the classroom teacher’s choice. Teachers may elect to build a visit to the Hall of Fame's library into the Museum's general field trip program, or may elect to build their class trip around a library/research experience.

Sandlot Stories Preschool Program: The Sandlot Stories Preschool Program will be offered to pre-school students as an alternative to the field trip options that are currently presented to the K-12 audience. This age-appropriate program will be offered on-demand and will follow a thematic structure based on the month that the tour is selected.

Each of the new field trip programs can be arranged through the regular field trip booking process at www.baseballhall.org/education.

For more information or to register for the Hall of Fame's Home School Discovery day call 607-547-0347 or email the education department at education [at] Baseballhall [dot] org.

The Museum also offers field trips in a variety of programs in all the major subject areas, including math, science, social studies, the arts and character education. For more information, please call 607-547-0347.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.