June 13, 14, 20 & 21
Grade levels: 4-12
Each day will include 3 activity blocks – an Arts Block, an Education Block, and a Recreation/Mindfulness Block. Three student groups will rotate through activities scheduled during 3 blocks of time.
Tentative Daily Schedule:
9:15–9:30 a.m. | Arrival and walk to Bestor Plaza
9:30–9:45 a.m. | Greeting
9:45–9:55 a.m. | Walk to Block 1 activity
9:55–10:40 a.m. | Block 1 activity (either arts, education or recreation/mindfulness)
10:40–11 a.m. | Restroom/snack break, walk to Block 2 activity
11–11:45 a.m. | Block 2 activity (either arts, education or recreation/mindfulness)
11:45 a.m.–12:20 p.m. | Walk to lunch area, lunch (provided by school)
12:20–12:30 p.m. | Walk to Block 3 activity
12:30–1:15 p.m. | Block 3 activity (either arts, education or recreation/mindfulness)
1:15–1:30 p.m. | Walk to Bestor Plaza
1:30–1:45 p.m. | Closing group activity
1:45–2 p.m. | Walk to buses for dismissal
Grade levels: PreK – 12
The day will include the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Spring Gala and a visit to Activity Stations. The Activity Stations will rotate students through 3 15-minute activities, including STEM, Literary Arts and Recreation.
10:30–10:45 a.m. | Arrival and walk to the Amp
10:45–11 a.m. | Seating and restroom time at the Amp
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Performance
12–12:15 p.m. | Walk to lunch area
12:15–12:45 p.m. | Lunch (provided by school)
12:45–1 p.m. | Walk to Activity Stations
1 –1:45 p.m. | Rotate through three Activity Stations, guided by CHQ staff and volunteers
1:45–2 p.m. | Closing activity
2–2:15 p.m. | Walk to buses for dismissal
Description of Experiences
June 13, 14, 20, 21 – Grades 4-12
Chautauqua Visual Arts Gallery Tour
Students are invited to tour the Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries to learn about and actively explore the visual arts. This year’s gallery tours will be focused on the “Washed Ashore” exhibition, providing students an experience viewing and creating visual art while learning about the impact of plastics in our environment, specifically in Earth’s oceans.
Water and Poetry Matters
Chautauqua Lake is the perfect learning laboratory for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities that help students understand the importance of clean water to our communities and the wildlife that depend on the lake. Students will engage in arts and science activities designed to build their knowledge of freshwater ecology and the role each of us can play in protecting our precious water resources.
Kids Just Wanna Have Fun
Recreation and leisure provide space for students to reflect, work together, and strengthen their peer connections. This time will include small group games and creative activities that will get students moving! The objective is to encourage students to collectively develop skills in collaboration, problem-solving, and communication and of course, to have fun!
Chautauqua Institution is the perfect place to quiet the mind and absorb the beauty of nature through a simple mindfulness practice. Students will be introduced to simple mindfulness strategies, then taken on a walk to apply those strategies through observation of their environment. The goal is to provide students tools they can use to self-regulate, focus and relax.
Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Spring Gala Preview
Come visit and enjoy a preview of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s Spring Gala in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, featuring some of Chautauqua County’s best and brightest young talent.
Strawberry DNA Extraction
DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the instruction packet for life — it provides instructions for the structure and function of life on our planet. In this activity, students will visit DNA Extraction Booths stationed around the grounds. Working with small groups, facilitators will guide the students through the process of DNA extraction and students will have a hands-on exploration of strawberry DNA, so they can see – and feel – it for themselves!
Brag about your favorite story, a tale you’ve crafted yourself, or a book you recently read! Students will creatively respond to five prompts while creating a “Young Readers Book Cube”. Facilitators will guide students and teachers through selecting prompts, encouraging student-led creative expression, and construction of the cube. If desired, teachers will have the opportunity to leave with a classroom set of book cube templates.
Come one, come all to the CHQ Recreation Fair! Inspired by classic midway fair games, students will be led through a series of mini-game stations that encourage group collaboration, problem-solving, and communication.