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 second semester.  Most field trips will be scheduled on Mondays, 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, the teacher, Mr. VanFarowe and/orMr. Suhusky, will email virtual field trips weekly right to your home so your students can have great experiences online in addition to the trips they take throughout the year. 

Students no longer have 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!!

When a field trip date is approaching you will receive an email from Sign Up Genius with information about the field trip and a link to sign up. 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!


  • Tulip City Gem & Mineral Show - Friday Sept. 15 - This is a very fun field trip which we have taken in the past that will be sure to interest many students, there are lots of fossils, gems, rocks, and demonstrations to enjoy. There will not be bussing provided for this field trip, we will meet at the Soccer Stop Sportsplex in Holland.  More detail and times will be provided when available.
  • Swisslane Dairy Farms - Dairy Days - Monday Sept. 18 - As farms continue to disappear, the need to understand where food is coming from grows. Dairy Discovery is committed to educating the non-farming public of West Michigan about life on a large, modern, family farm by engaging them in interactive and enjoyable experiences at SwissLane Farms.
  • Gull Meadow Farms - Monday Oct. 2 - Gull Meadow Farms has worked very hard to make their farm a fun and educational experience for everyone. Do your children know that peanuts, potatoes, and carrots are grown underground? How different does an 80 year old tractor look from tractors that are made today? Does a pumpkin float, if so, why? These are just some of the things your children will know by the time their tour ends.  Join us on an adventure that includes apple picking, a small pumpkin, and of course along with many exciting activities, cider and donuts for a treat!! 
  • Boulder Ridge Animal Park - Monday Oct. 16 - Venture through the reptile house before checking out the ostrich, lemurs, kangaroos, monkeys, or crossing a bridge to get a closer look at the 11ft alligator in the pond below.  From there, head over to the bird aviary or meander through the petting zoo to see some of Boulder Ridge’s newest additions and take advantage of the rare opportunity to possibly pet a baby zebra, wildebeest, or water buffalo.  This will be a fun filled opportunity to learn about the many animals that call Bouler Ridge home!!
  • Air Zoo - Monday October 23 -  This is a field trip you will not want to miss The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you've ever seen. It's like no place else on Earth! 
  • Cook Nuclear Power Plant - Monday Nov. 6 -  The newly remodeled Cook Energy Center offers students a fast-paced energy adventure to let them Discover the Nature of Power. There are numerous hands-on interactive exhibits, and plenty of supporting data for those who love to get into the details.
  • Gilmore Car Museum - Monday Nov. 27 - The Gilmore Car Museum is more than just a collection of beautiful cars, it is an educational opportunity like no other.  You will get to see the moving history of an industry that shaped a state and connected a country. Visit the Shell Station that’s right out of the 1930s, the Blue Moon Diner that dates back to World War II era, and make sure they see the only set from a Disney® film that has ever been displayed outside of Walt Disney Studios.
  • FireHouse No. 5 Museum and Tour of Allendale Fire Department - Monday Dec. 11 - Engine House No 5 was originally constructed in 1880 on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan on the corner of Leonard and Monroe Streets.  This historic station served the Grand Rapids community for 100 years. In 1980 she was slated for demolition in order to make way for a brand new fire station to be located in her footprint.  A deal was negotiated and the building was purchased for $1.00. Beginning in the fall of 1981 the building was disassembled brick by brick and transported to its current location in Allendale.  The disassembly took 10 weeks and 2 days.  Reconstruction of Engine House No. 5 began in 1981 and was opened to the public in May 1986 as a museum.  We will be going to visit this museum and also touring the working Allendale Fire Dept.

2nd Semester Dates and Trips are not all finalized so I will be adding to this list soon but this is what we have planned so far.