Pok-O-MacCready offers experiential education programming that focuses on personal growth. Our mission is to create and encourage a sense of awe in the presence of nature, to promote teamwork, communication, and tolerance, and to build self-confidence and nurture self-worth for visitors of all ages.
Kevin Kurtz is a nonfiction children’s author who writes books about science and nature. Kevin engages students in a discussion of the science topics of his books and the process of writing nonfiction. Science topics that can be covered by Kevin and his books include:
– Living things and nonliving things
– Scientists and the scientific method
– Plate tectonics
– Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Science, STEM, STEAM, Hands-on, inquiry based.
Adventure in the world, plus Social Studies/Writing/Reading/Remedial Reading/Journal-keeping/Research/
Adventure, Mystery, Detectives, Monsters, Halloween
Native New York explores the culture of the Haudenosaunee people of upstate New York through hands-on activities, toys & games, garden tours and art projects.
Writing, Illustrating, Technology, Science
Adaptation of birds to their environment.
Guest artist performances:
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10am – “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity”
This documentary style theatre work by Ping Chong + Company illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who have come of age in a post-9/11 society and are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. Their true stories create a beautiful and intensely poignant cry for tolerance at a time when such sentiments are more necessary than ever. Please note: This performance is sold out. A waiting list is available.
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10am – San Jose Taiko
Mesmerizing audiences since 1973 with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko, these talented performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit as they create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, they have broadened this historical art form with other world rhythms including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and jazz, bridging many styles while still resonating with the Asian soul in America.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10am – “The Gun Show”
Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” Performed by Christopher Smith, it’s “…a powerful show, an important show, and a show everyone should see.” ~ BROADWAY WORLD
UAlbany Department of Music and Theatre performances:
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10am – “Godspell”
A troupe of actors helps Jesus Christ stage parables with games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comedic timing. Written by “Wicked” creator, Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” reminds us of the importance of kindness, tolerance and love.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10am – “A Streetcar Named Desire”
In the sweltering heat of New Orleans, Blanche, a fading Southern belle, arrives mysteriously at her sister and brutish brother-in-law’s doorstep. Colliding with their volatile marriage, Blanche grasps after her own crumbling reality. This Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic is a riveting story of fate, desire, and desperation in the pursuit of happiness. Please note: This performance is sold out. A waiting list is available.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10am – “Our Country’s Good” (snow date: 3/8/19)
A boat full of murderers, thieves and marine officers arrive on the shores of Australia. There, an ambitious young lieutenant is set the task of directing a cast of convicts in a play. A true story of the first convict colony, this extraordinary work is about the value of the theatre and the redemptive power of art.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON THE FARM WITH SINGER AND STORYTELLER FARMER TOM WALSH
FUNNY SONGS AND STORIES FROM THE FARM!
Farmer Tom’s presentation is both entertaining and educational taking the listener on a fascinating journey to his child hood on the farm with his program: “Life on the Farm” with Farmer Tom Walsh. Within his unique and engaging program, involving Action and Silly Songs, Storytelling, Movement, Laughter, Learning, Sing-a-long, Props, Audience Participation and Hand Clapping, Farmer Tom Walsh educates by bringing a understanding of farm culture, safety, farm animals, value of fresh vegetables and cooperation through music and songs from down on the farm. We really get moving!
Farmer Tom Walsh distributes Farm theme Stickers for each student (Based on availability)
Elementary school program objectives: Cooperation with and respect for others.
-The students will learn participation with others through music and stories by group cooperation, sharing, and working together.
-The students will develop motor skills, movement and rhythm within a group setting.
-The students will acquire a better understanding of social interaction, rules and following instructions together.
-The students will, through listening and comprehension of the materials, develop language, counting, written, and orals skill important for early development.
-The Student will gain knowledge of farming, farm culture, history, the first green industry, recycling, nutritional value of fresh vegetables and the fun of physical activities through music and songs.
Totally up to the schools. Can be school-wide theme, curriculum-based, or open-ended.
Arts, Music, Dance. Character Ed, Anti-Bullying, Leadership. Health/Fitness. Science/STEM/STEAM, Technology, Engineering, Physics. 3Rs, Reading, Writing/Poetry, Math. Arts & Drama, Theatre, Media Arts, Visual Arts. Literature. Workshops/Residencies.