Trinity Center's Sound to Sea Enviromental Education Program operates from mid-August through mid-May (excluding weekends) and accommodates school groups of up to 96 students and adults (teachers and chaperons) in four dorms. Please call to inquire about rates. We charge by a per person rate which includes all meals, lodging, materials and instruction, typically for a three day program. A limited number of reservations exist for day programs, short one-night/two-day and extended three-night/four-day, or week-long programs.
Sound to Sea Reservations
How to Reserve a Sound to Sea Session for your School:
Please call 252-247-5600 or 1-888-874-6287 and speak to Trinity Center Program Director, Mindy Furrer to reserve a space. Or you can contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our rebooking policy is that schools attending the program during the current school year have the opportunity to rebook their same dates for the next year. New schools interested in reserving a session should call with a contact name, school and home phone numbers, preferred dates, group size and age. We normally do our booking in the spring of the current year for the next school year. If there are no available dates, the school will be put on a waiting list and will be called at the first cancellation. If you are unable to reserve a session at Sound to Sea, please don't give up. We believe in hands-on science learning for children. There are many good Environmental Education Programs in North Carolina. For an easy reference guide, link to http://www.eenorthcarolina.org/
|6 months - 1 year||School contacts Trinity Center to reserve date. School receives contract and sends it back to Trinity Center with deposit. If the school is coming for the first time, Sound to Sea sends a Sound to Sea Planning Guide.|
|5 months||Teacher team begins planning program and fund-raising strategy. Schedule and hold meeting with parents and students. Distribute information to parents.|
|*120 days||Begin collecting Student Registration and Medical Forms. Return the Update Form to Trinity Center with your Guaranteed Number of Reservations at the 120-day mark.|
|3 months||Begin pre-session activities. Schedule and hold meeting with students and/or parents.|
|30 days||Divide students into the various groups (Cabin, Table and Habitat Study Groups). Continue collecting money and forms and participating in pre-session activities. Check in with the Sound to Sea Program Coordinator to go over all trip specifics in depth.|
|Seven days||Review Cabin, Table and Habitat Study Groups with students. Go over vocabulary and concepts relating to the program. Request final invoice and procure check to bring with you. Review schedule, procedures, behavior contract and guidelines. Check all forms for signatures. It would be helpful if the School Personnel would photocopy the Medical Form and Registration Forms front to back, and alphebetize them. Sound to Sea will keep these forms. If you need a copy, please make them before arrival.|
|Departure day||Collect medications. Compare with Medication Schedule to check that students have brought needed medications (in original containers). Assign students to vehicles. Pack vehicles and have a safe trip here.|
CEU Renewal Credits for Teachers
Did you know that teachers may be able to receive CEU Renewal Credits for attending classes with their students at the Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program?! If you attend all the daytime and evening classes at Sound to Sea, you may be able to receive up to 15 contact hours of instruction, and up to 1.5 CEU's. And you were coming anyway!!
We know that Continuing Education Units are important to you as teachers because they allow you to further your professional education and often are criteria for determining re-certification and compensation levels. Currently, regulations in North Carolina and most other states require teachers with permanent certificates to renew their licenses every five years by accumulating semester credits or Continuing Education Units in education-related areas. And you have to do this in all your "extra time." Knowing how busy you are in your classrooms, and your lives, we want to give you this opportunity to gain CEU's while your students are gaining knowledge and experience at Sound to Sea.
Beyond learning new information on topics ranging from the geology of a barrier island to the physiology of a salt marsh snail, by attending all the Sound to Sea classes with your students, you will also have the opportunity to learn new styles of innovative hands-on learning. Environmental education teaches students about the planet, but also incorporates an educational philosophy and related strategies to increase understanding, intellectual development, civic and social responsibility, personal growth, and cross-cultural awareness among young people and adults.
To receive CEU's, just let us know when you arrive that you are interested. Requirements for documentation of CEU's vary from school to school. Some schools may require only notification from us of the number of educational contact hours you have completed. We do have an official form from Sound to Sea for this purpose. Some schools may also require that Sound to Sea submit the request for approval of Continuing Education Units. If this is the case, please obtain the necessary information/paperwork from your school administrators, and send or bring it to us at Sound to Sea.
At Sound to Sea, your students will learn to recognize the ecological communities across a barrier island, and take time to explore their human community. They will learn about the variety of habitats typical of a North Carolina Barrier Island, and develop a sense of independence and responsibility. As a teacher, we know that you are giving your students this experience to help them apply what they have learned in your class in a practical way. But we hope you will also take this opportunity to gain CEU's while enjoying outdoor science classes in a beautiful barrier island setting, learning new hands-on teaching skills and furthering your professional education.