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Class/Scout Field Trip!


The Emerson Resort & Spa is the ideal field trip location for teachers, students, homeschoolers and scouts looking to learn more about the Catskills, water supply systems and water ecology.  Nestled in the Catskills, our 20-acre property is just two hours from New York City and sits on the banks of the famed Esopus Creek, known by many as the birthplace of American fly fishing.  The waters of the Esopus flow into the Ashokan Reservoir, one of two reservoirs in New York City’s Catskill Water Supply System.  Field trips to the Emerson allow students and scouts to learn more about the underwater environment of the Esopus as well as the negative effects of invasive species through a guided nature walk and video presentation.  A visit to the Emerson also includes a tour of the 7-panel, 49-foot long art piece Watershed:  The Flow of Time Through Place, which explores the evolution of the Catskill region and the waterways that contribute to New York City’s water supply.  Students will also enjoy The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.  Standing at more than 60-feet tall and featuring three, 38-foot mirrors the Emerson Kaleidoshow is a mesmerizing experience of sight and sound.

Field trip is designed for third through sixth grade age range. Program can be tailored for scouts and homeschool curriculums. Supports learning in STEAM, STEM and covers water conservation, technology, art and history.  Maximum accommodation = 50 children, plus chaperones.  Available Sunday through Thursday, May through October, any 4-6 hour window between 9am to 5pm.  Space is provided for bring-your-own lunch, or teachers/scout leaders can opt for a prepared lunch.  Add-on components include items such as watercolor postcard painting and build-your-own-kaleidoscope.

Core program

$10 per person

  • Walkthrough and explanation of panel painting Watershed:  The Flow of Time Through Place
  • Guided nature walk along banks of Esopus Creek
  • Lunch break
  • Service learning component featuring education on invasive species, demonstration of Japanese Knotweed eradication in association with the Ashokan Watershed
  • Choice of video presentation:  Importance of Streams, All About Water or Watersheds
  • World’s Largest Kaleidoscope show

Add-On Components

  • $10 per person                  Catered lunch
  • $10 per person                  Watercolor postcard class
  • $15 per person                  Build-your-own-kaleidoscope
  • $25 per person                  Leaf printing screen print t-shirt

To reserve your field trip, or for more information, contact Matt Steen at [email protected] or 845-688-2828, ext. 7618.

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