Yesterday the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry went on our first children’s trip of the summer.
The reason for these trips is to immerse the children in a learning environment that they may have not had access to before.
The trip took place in downtown Raleigh, we visited the natural science museum and an event that was celebrating the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago. The children enjoyed all the exhibits and interactive games in the museum. They saw dinosaur skeletons, beehives, and animal habitats. Their eyes were filled with excitement and wonder while they were exploring the museum. In one section of the museum, they were able to place snakeskin under a microscope and see the details of its skin. In another section, they were fascinated by the layers underneath the earth and the things it can create. They were awed by crystals and ran from fake bats. The science museum was educational, interactive, and full of fun. Some brave children even purchased edible crickets at the museum and snacked on them.
After our museum tour, we went to Christ Church where members of the congregation shared lunch and snacks with our group. The kids were able to enjoy the church’s playground until a storm caught us by surprise and we had to run back to the museum!
At the space event, there were activities where the children had the opportunity to learn about the moon landing. Some had the chance to create their own galaxy in a bottle! They saw space suits, watched documentaries, and learned interesting facts. Did you know they sent a monkey to space?
After the event was over, it was time to go back to Dunn. We finished the day at the ministry with ice cream, a perfect way to end the long day. Many children came up to me at the end, curious to know where the next trip would take us, and even gave me recommendations on places they would like to visit. The opportunity to learn with, and even from these children was incredible and unforgettable. I hope the children were inspired by what they learned and go on to inspire others as well.