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Explore & Imagine Education Programs

Explore & Imagine at Gathering Place 

The Explore & Imagine program sponsored by American Electric Power Foundation and supported by Public Service Company of Oklahoma offers a wide variety of free educational opportunities for students, educators, and families throughout the region. Ranging from free field trips for Title 1 schools and professional development sessions for educators, to performances in the Park and large-scale community events, Explore & Imagine is intended to increase equity and access to engaging educational experiences for our community.

Explore & Imagine Field Trips

Have your next Field Trip at Gathering Place, made possible by AEP and PSO! 

Gathering Place offers field trip options with Oklahoma academic standard-aligned curriculum for groups during the school year and extended learning during the summer. Teacher-led field trips are available Monday-Friday from August-May. Summer teacher-led field trips are available during June and July. These field trips offer teachers and chaperones a chance to lead their own students through an engaging, educational lesson at Gathering Place and are available any weekday. Reservations are now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Guided field trips are currently on hold. 

Click HERE to book an Explore & Imagine teacher-led field trip for August-May or a summer teacher-led field trip available in June and July. 

Click HERE to learn more about Explore & Imagine guided field trips. (Guided field trips are currently on hold, with a hopeful resumption in late Fall 2021).

 

Transportation reimbursements

Transportation reimbursements for field trips to Gathering Place are reserved for Title 1 public educational institutions within the PSO service region that engage in Explore & Imagine educational activities and/or curriculum while visiting the Park. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Email fieldtrips@gatheringplace.org with any inquiries, and please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

Explore & Imagine Professional Development for Educators

Join us in ONEOK Boathouse for free Professional Development courses on Teacher-led Field Trips at Gathering Place! Educators will receive grade-level specific curriculum and training to ensure you feel confident leading your students on an educational adventure through the Park.

Each professional development session includes an in-depth explanation of the lesson plan while you enjoy refreshments, a guided half-mile tour through the Park, and helpful information on booking field trips. Participants will also learn about upcoming education programming at Gathering Place. Educators will leave the session with free classroom supplies for the Pre-and Post-field trip activities.

Registration is first come, first served, and limited to 30 public school educators at a time. Registration opens 30 days before the course date. Please email education@gatheringplace.org to reserve your free spot!

Dates for 2021 include:
  • Pre-K-2nd grade Educators: Wednesday, Oct 13, 4-5:30PM
  • 3-5th grade Educators: Tuesday, Nov 9, 4-5:30PM
  • 6-8th grade Educators: Tuesday, Dec 7, 4-5:30PM
  • 9-12th grade Educators: Wednesday, Dec 8, 4-5:30PM
 

Explore & Imagine Education Programming

EXPLORATION STATIONS

This pop-up program gives visitors a chance to interact, learn, and play with a variety of materials relating to themes of Science, Sustainability, Art, Sports and Movement, Nature, Culture, History, and Music—all on a mobile cart! Exploration Stations will rotate through themes and supplies and be stationed in a variety of locations throughout Gathering Place. Be on the lookout for new engaging activities! 

 

Explore & Imagine Educational Events

Spring break

March 25-19, 2021

Families from all over the country travel to Gathering Place to celebrate springtime with five fun-filled days of new adventures and educational activities for all ages to enjoy. From nature and art, to sports and STEAM, there is something for everyone!

Kids Take The Stage 

July 18, 2021, 5-8 p.m. at The Gather round stage

Join us for an awe-inspiring performing arts-focused event, providing a platform to showcase the talent of local children. Performances and activities will range from dance and singing, to circus arts and instrumental performances, allowing children to take center stage in front of a live audience! 

STEMTACULAR 

September 4, 2021, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the PSO READING TREE

Head to Gathering Place on the first Saturday in September to celebrate STEM in style! Guests will delight in STEM-focused hands-on activities, live demonstrations, sing-a-longs, free STEM kit giveaways from Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, and witness mad scientists strolling through the playground!

A Book & A Blanket 

October 9, 2021, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the PSO reading tree

Grab a picnic blanket and meet us on the Reading Tree lawn to celebrate a love of books and reading at this fall festival promoting literacy and family-focused education and entertainment. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, free family photos, face painting, balloon animals, & pumpkin decorating, story times with special guest readers, fall arts and crafts, access to our G.R.O.W Mobile Library, and free book giveaways throughout the event!