Experiencing Arts and Technology 2017-18

also known as the Field trip class

Available to Students in Grades K-12.  Bus transportation is provided on most trips for enrolled students and parents.  Younger siblings who are not Hamilton students are not permitted on the bus.  If you have preschoolers you want to bring along, you may drive separately and meet at the location.  All students enrolled in the class will have their admission fees paid for by the school.

For students in grades K-12 this will count as one of your 5 classes.  

There will be 7 field trips offered first semester and 7 for the second semester.  Most field trips will be scheduled on Mondays this year, with some Friday exceptions.  For those taking the bus we will meet at the middle school before boarding the bus.  Departure times may vary depending on the trip, however most field trips will be between the hours of  9:00am-2:00pm due to bus availability.  In addition to the field trips, a teacher will email virtual field trips so your students can have great experiences online in addition to the trips they take throughout the year. 

NEW- Fall 2016.  Students are no longer required to meet at the school before a field trip.  If you live closer to a field trip destination, you may meet the group there. If you plan to ride the bus, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU COMMUNICATE THIS WITH US IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF SIGN UP GENIUS. If  we don't have a comment or note that you will be riding the bus, we will plan to see you at the field trip destination. THANK YOU!!

RSVP by clicking here --> Find a sign up.  Choose the field trips that you would like to attend. IMPORTANT!! Please remember to include number of enrolled students, number of adults and number of non-enrolled siblings (when it applies) so that we can provide an accurate count to the filed trip coordinators. 

Watch for details such as lunch plans and payment arrangements as each field trip gets closer. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email Rochelle at rvanderk@hamiltonschools.us or call (269)857-9594. 

If available, click on the field trip title to learn more!


  • DeGraff Nature Center:  Spring Awakenings in the Sugar Bush at Van Raalte Farm

          Date: 03/17/2017 (Fri.)

          Time: 9:15-12:00

          Address:  1076 E. 16th Street, Holland, MI  49423

At the Maple Sugarbush at Van Raalte Farm the students will learn about the early signs of spring such as bird migrations and wildflowers.  They will also learn about trees and how to identify them. Students will spend time in the sugar bush gathering sap and learning about the history of maple sugaring time.  They will also see the evaporator in the sugar shack in action and taste the final product!! (Maple candies will be available for purchase, 50 cents ea.) The program will be hosted by staff from DeGraff Nature Center.


  • History of Downtown Grand Rapids Walking Tour - Monday, March 27


          Date:  4/17/2017 (Mon.)

          Time:  8:30-2:15

          Address:    7400 Division Dr., Battle Creek, MI  49014

We are going to be taking a walk on the wild side, there is lots to see at the Binder Park Zoo.

We will get to see the animals that call the heart of Binder Park Zoo home like the snow leopard, black bear, lemur and wolves.  We will also take the tram out to Binder Park Zoo’s award winning Wild Africa exhibit in the savannah (giraffe, antelope, etc.), colobus and mangabey monkeys, Aldabra tortoise, and red river hogs.

This will be a self guided tour so you will be able to look around at your leisure, everyone will meet at the picnic area for lunch before we head home.


          Date:  5/12/17

          Time:  9:15-1:30

          Address:  06285-68th Street, South Haven, MI  49090

“Farm History Day” offers students, teachers and chaperones a chance to learn about life on a rural farm in the early 1900s. Take a self-guided outdoor tour around the museum and participate in hands-on displays like candlemaking, pressing fruit and using a two-man saw!


           Date:  5/15/17

           Time:  9:30-2:00

           Address:  12350 James Street, Holland, MI  49424

Learning + History + Fun = Nelis' Dutch Village

The equation is simple. You Get more history, more learning, and more hands-on lifelong memories at Nelis' Dutch Village seasonal theme park.

Knowledgeable costumed guides will lead you through our 18th century Netherlands village. Students are introduced to the work, traditions, customs and diversions of the Dutch.

An educational, age appropriate movie about the Netherlands of today
Frisian (German ethnic group native to the Netherlands) farm house and barn
Old Dutch cheese making demonstration
Wooden shoe carving
Amsterdam Street Organ demonstrations
Free time activities include petting zoo with baby farm animals, shopping, Wooden Shoe Slide and unlimited rides on our Zweefmolen (chair swing), Ferris Wheel, Draaimolen (carousel), Plasma Cars and Petal Pumper Cars.

Each child will receive a FREE personalized wooden shoe nametag! Please be sure you list the children's names both those in the field trip class and those that are siblings so that we can have those ordered and ready when we get there.


Date:  5/26/17

Time:  8:05-11:45

              Address:  1147 Fulton Street E., Grand Rapids

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is the oldest and largest in Grand Rapids. We will take the morning to explore all the in season fruit and vegetables and other items that the market has to offer.  You will also be provided with a scavenger hunt type game that you can take along to make the day educational as well as fun.  This is a free field trip for students and their families.



Fall 2017 Scheduled and tentative trips

Swisslane Dairy Farm and Robotic Dairy Farm Tour - Sept. 18
Boulder Ridge Animal Park - Oct. 16
Air Zoo - Oct. 23
Cook Nuclear Plant - Nov. 6
Gilmore Car Museum - Nov. 27
Gull Meadows Apple/Pumpkin Farm - Oct. 2 (don't start booking until July)
Engine House No. 5 Allendale - Dec. ??
Possible Theater Show - Dec. ??