Field Trips


Hurst Planetarium

With an extensive library of interactive and pre-recorded shows and engaging live presentations, let us tailor a program to your educational needs. These programs include a pre-recorded show and a live, interactive presentation to encourage student participation and questions throughout. Each of these programs is customizable and can be changed to meet many science curriculum standards, including Earth...

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Jackson History Tour

Student will explore Ella Sharp’s Hillside Farmhouse, the Jackson History Gallery and the Museum’s collections through a staff-led tour of each. They’ll learn the importance of the Merriman-Sharp families, their impact on the community and Jackson’s rich history as a whole.  Recommended for Grades 6-12 To reserve a spot, please call the museum at 517.787.2320.

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The Art of Collecting

What is a museum?  Why is it important?  Students will find answers to these questions and many more by touring our galleries and learning about collecting and reserving the past. Students will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s archives as they discover that the Ella is an exciting place to learn about art & history....

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Living History at Hillside

Experience a day in the 1880s learning about urban and rural lifestyles and how they differ from today. Our costumed docents utilize an active learning approach that permits students to learn by doing hands-on tasks and chores, without the aid of modern conveniences and technology. Our log house, Ella’s farmhouse, the woodshop and Dibble schoolhouse will provide the perfect...

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