Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West • Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27, 2013
Develop your own design ideas while working at Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architectural studio, Taliesin West, considered by many to be one of his greatest masterpieces. You will learn how Wright took everyday shapes and objects, along with vivid colors and patterns, and used them to create buildings that are works of art. “Design Your Dream Space” will immerse you in the process of architecture planning, designing a 2-dimensional floor plan to scale and building a 3-D model. You will be encouraged to examine familiar objects from a different point of view. This approach allows you to see how interrelated subjects like math, science, art, and technology are used to create buildings. In this unique program, theory and philosophy are combined with hands-on activities that will challenge you to explore new architectural forms, energy sources, and spaces to work, learn, and live in. Private tours of the Desert Shelters and Taliesin, as well as a Night Lights Tour, are included in the program. Some meals will be provided during the program. Hotel reservations and transportation are not included in the program cost. This program begins around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and ends around 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
Cost: $575 per person. CLOSED
Living Classrooms Foundation • Baltimore, MD
Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 2013
This program takes place aboard the historic skipjack Sigsbee as families delve into issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay such as the decline in blue crabs, the role of oysters, and the affects of urban and agricultural runoff. While on board, you employ scientific equipment to analyze water and marine life. You will learn from scientists, watermen, and government officials, and apply your new knowledge in real-world settings. Each day, you share responsibility of setting up and striking camp, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the ship. While on shore, you perform lab work and investigations to explore topics such as crab anatomy and behavior; estuarine interactions; and predator-prey relationships. Evening activities may include night hikes, games, and campfires. You will leave with a better understanding of the interplay among man, economics, science, and the environment. No previous sailing experience is necessary, but this is a course that requires a certain level of fitness. Program includes all meals for the program length. Families should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as you will be sleeping in tents. Camping facilities vary, but all are primitive—a few have showers, most will not. Fresh water is available for cooking, drinking, and hygiene.
Cost: $675 per person. CLOSED
NatureBridge at Channel Islands • Santa Cruz Island, CA
Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, 2013
Join CTY and NatureBridge for a remarkable field science experience on Channel Islands National Park which is known as the “Galapagos of North America.” This exceptional program will offer families the opportunity to participate in hands-on science in one of the richest marine biospheres in the world. We will kayak, which is an amazing way to experience the pristine oceanic environment of the islands; snorkel in kelp forests and sea caves; and explore the island to discover its geological features, endemic species, and cultural and ranching history. Evening activities may include night hikes, games, and stargazing. After this amazing weekend, you will have a better understanding of the interplay among humans, science, and the environment, and how our actions at home can impact our natural world. No previous camping experience is necessary, but this is a course that requires a certain level of fitness. All meals are included for the program length and transportation fees to and from the Island. Families should bring sleeping bags and pillows as you will be sleeping in tents with mats, which will be provided by NatureBridge. Camping facilities are primitive—pit-toilets and no shower facilities. Fresh water is available for cooking, drinking, and hygiene. We will meet at Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 a.m. on Friday to take the noon ferry to the islands and return to the harbor on Sunday at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $475 per person. Register now
CTY Writing Seminar at Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 2013
Family Academic Programs is delighted to offer a unique literary experience. Come to a weekend of interactive writing workshops, classes, and activities to explore how history, perspective, fact, and fiction intertwine to tell a new story. The program includes break-out sessions, a keynote address from a published author, and in-depth classes on the craft of writing led by full-time CTY staff. Families learn about elements of writing including character, setting, and diction; draft new creative works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; engage in critical workshops as a writer’s community; and share revised works at a closing session. Corresponding workshops build foundational skills for newer writers and develop the advanced skills of more experienced participants. At the end of the weekend, participants leave with portfolios they can add to for years to come. Join CTY for an amazing writing experience designed for the whole family! The program will begin around 10:00 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Cost: $125 per person. Register now