Kids Discover the Trail! Featured at Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

October 7, 2013
On Wednesday, October 9th, IPEI’ will host the monthly Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours highlighting Kids Discover the Trail!  for the business community.

This month’s showcase will be held at Cornell Plantations from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this unique collaboration between IPEI, the Discovery Trail, and the Ithaca City School District that services 2,900 ICSD elementary schoolers. There will also be wine and beer, light refreshments, and door prizes that include memberships to the Johnson Museum, the Sciencenter, and more!

Tickets are only $12 and can be purchased here.

You can read the official release from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce below the jump:

Join your fellow Chamber Members in the gorgeous gardens adjacent to the new Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Plantations for October’s Member Mixer. Grab a drink and something to eat and build valuable business relationships needed to help you succeed in business.  

Outside of bolstering your business connections, this event offers the chance to learn about Kids Discover the Trail!, the unique collaboration between IPEI (Ithaca Public Education Initiative), ICSD (Ithaca City School District) and the Discovery Trail. As fellow members of the Chamber, the collaborators are excited to share with you what Ithaca elementary students experience through KDT!

All 2900 elementary school students have fun and learning activities with the educators of the seven Discovery Trail museums and the public library. Each year Pre-K through fifth grade students have a field trip, and more, that is matched with their grade level curriculum and that connects them with another class of students from a different Ithaca school.

IPEI helped start KDT almost ten years ago because it believes in connecting school and community and because access to the world-class resources of the Discovery Trail was not equitable.  Now students enter middle school having had eight common experiences and building relationships with students from other schools through the “buddy up” component.  In addition, every student gets a book every year that complements that year’s KDT subject matter.

Local Winter Squash Soup 
Cheese and Crackers with Grapes
Fresh Veggies and Hummus Dip

Catering made possible by the Ithaca City School District Food Service Department features locally sourced ingredients.

Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served by Corks and More. 

There is plenty of free parking in the Plantations lot and on Plantations Road.  

Schedule of Events:
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Arrival & networking/socializing opportunities
6 PM to 6:15 PM- IPEI’s President Terry Byrnes & JeanMcPheeters, the President of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, will speak.
6:15 PM- 6:30 PM- Door prizes awarded 

Door Prizes:

– Field Guides, Membership to Cornell Plantations

– Family Membership to Sciencenter

– Family Membership Johnson Museum of Art

– Family Membership , a Family Pass to “Dino Jam” on November 10, and a stuffed dinosaur from the Cayuga Nature Center and Museum of the Earth

– Supporting Level Membership, An Evening in Sapsucker Woods CD, Inside Birding DVD, and Book: Birding in the Cayuga Lake Basin from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

– Tompkins County Public Library T-Shirt

– Book: Great Possibilities:The History Center in Tompkins County

Fees: Chamber members pre-register for $12. Walk-ins are welcome for $20; non members are $30. 

Application for First Round of Red and Gold Grants Due Oct. 21stIPEI Fall 2013 Grant Deadlines