Kids Discover the Trail! Featured in Park Photo Activism Project with Ithaca College

Ithaca College senior Alexandra Evans focused on the connections made through Kids Discover the Trail! for her submission to the 2013 Park Award for Photo Activism. The Award is a joint program of the Community Arts Partnership, Ithaca College's Park School of Communications, and the Park Foundation and was designed to connect students with the greater Ithaca community.

Communications majors with proven photography skills and a dedication to community activism were paired with area nonprofits. Then, the students' nonprofit profiles were shown to the public at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.

This video is a snapshot of the fun, wonder, and learning that makes KDT! such a great experience for all Ithaca City School District elementary students.

It's the Ninth Year of Kids Discover the Trail!

Watch video of Ithaca student and IPEI leaders present to ICSD

Watch video of Ithaca student and IPEI leaders present to ICSD

Check out NEW narrated slideshow!

Although the program began in 2005 as a once-a-year field trip by Ithaca elementary classrooms to their assigned Discovery Trail (DT) sites, KDT! has grown into a creative and collaborative academic experience for teachers, students, and DT educators alike. In the seventh year of the program, approximately 2900 students or nearly 100% of the students participated. Participation has been growing each year as teachers hear about the program and sign up for it. Find out more about KDT's Program Goals and Grade to Discovery Trail partnerships.

Kids Discover the Trail! (Brochure in PDF format and Video)

Kids Discover the Trail!

Here’s How Kids Discover the Trail!
Elementary grades are linked with Discovery Trail organizations. Individual classrooms from different schools visit in pairs and share the day at the site. Most also have shared activities before and after the visits. Curriculum is aligned with current state standards.

Full Circle
A milestone called “Full Circle” is being celebrated in 2011-12. KDT!.has been running since 2005. Fifth graders have participated since entering ICSD (whether for Pre-K or Kindergarten) which means the full KDT! program has been experienced across all schools and at all Discovery Trail sites.

KDT! Books
Books are provided to all students at all grade levels each year to encourage literacy and complement the KDT! curriculum. Books also help connect families with KDT! program goals since they are given to students to take home.

Families Visit
Take-home materials including free admission passes encourage families to visit. This program seeks to increase use of all Discovery Trail sites by expanding public awareness of their resources.

Classrooms Connect
Each year pairs of classrooms from different Ithaca schools are linked, and most visit their Discovery Trail sites together. Fifth graders have two opportunities to share academic experiences with their peers as they prepare for the transition to middle school.

Buddy Up
Classroom pairs are encouraged to make additional plans together to give students more chances to develop relationships with their “buddies”. Some visit a Discovery Trail site, or each other’s school or school neighborhood, or another cultural or recreational location.

Thank You!
Community support makes Kids Discover the Trail! possible. Your charitable gift of any amount is welcomed and needed. Join the many generous donors who help our kids discover the trail!

Individual, Corporate and Foundation Donors

$500 and up

Robert Abrams
B&W Supply
BorgWarner Morse TEC
Jim and Terry Byrnes
Cornell University
Jennifer Engel and Larry Young
Howland Foundation as administered by the
Community Foundation of Tompkins County
David Lee and Marjory Rinaldo-Lee
John and Robin Moss Hinchcliff
M&T Bank
NYBDC Foundation
Deborah O'Connor and Peter Lepage
Park Foundation
3D Cinemation

Up to $500

Bill and Sherry Alberta
Beth Anderson
Bob and Laura Andolina
Blanche Beckmann
Randi Beckmann and John Hoffmann
Susan Blumenthal and David Kreinick
Barbara Dimock
Judy Epstein
Ithaca Teachers Association
Chantal Loechi and David Flannelly
Raylene Ludgate
Ed and Anne McLaughlin
Everett and June Morse
In honor of MOTE Volunteers-
Walter Gates, Coleen Keifer, Sasha Paris, Don Wilson,
Lenore Durkee and Larry Jensen
Deb Novelli
Don and Sue Rakow
Margaret and Frank Robinson
Joel and Cathy Zumoff

Book Sponsors:

Ann Marie Bleach
First Book Foundation
Friends of Tompkins County Public Library
Ian Alberta Fund, IPEI
Johnson Art Museum
Target Grants
In honor of Charlie Trautmann's leadership
Raymond and Margaret Van Houtte Education Fund of the TCGF

Special Thanks to Past Program Sponsors (2005-2010):

Tompkins Trust Company
Legacy Foundation
BorgWarner Morse TEC