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@ The Center for Arts and Learning

46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-4700

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Visitors and Field Trips

Expanding our experiences by having guests and making trips has enriched our curriculum in countless ways. These are vital to the River Rock approach to learning and easily accommodated by our size and nature. We are fortunate to have such a wide range of gifted and accomplished people and such vital, rich destinations in our region.

Below are examples of visitors we have had and trips we have taken.


  • Leslie Breakstone—local geologist
  • Peter Kent—world class bagpipe player
  • Ivan MacBeth—Celtic culture and standing stones
  • Janice Walrafen—boat and mask making for parades and celebrations
  • Steve Belitsos—electric car construction
  • Ron Lovely—bird house construction
  • Pelton Goudey—Native American Cultures
  • Ruthann Sullivan—beading
  • Ginger Potwin—Crabapple jelly making
  • Liz Strauss—2008 Inauguration attendee, on National Guard duty
  • Representative from local Republican Party
  • Ellen Bresler—Pop Up card making
  • Allison Mann—group singing
  • Dan Pia Needleman—professional pizza chef
  • Cettina Costigliola—weekly hot lunch making with the children
  • John Lincoln—pianist for musical theater productions
  • Ira Friedman—pianist for musical theater productions

Field Trips

  • Woodridge Nursing Home—annual visit to share songs, conversation and goodies
  • Nichols Ledge, Harwick—geological studies of a drained pond bed
  • Statehouse, Montpelier, VT
  • Sarducci’s Restaurant and Main St. Grill and Bar—to interview and observe chefs at work
  • Stone Circle/Earth Clock in Oakledge Park, Burlington, VT—to observe the construction of a large standing stone structure
  • Annual Celebrate Winooski Parade, Montpelier, VT—costumes, masks, and river songs
  • Annual All Species Day Parade and Spring Pagent
  • Annual 4th of July (Independence Day) Parade
  • Cider Making at Allison Caldwell’s
  • Morse Farm Sugar House— to observe the professionals at work
  • Maple Syrup Making at a teacher’s home
  • Pond Ecology at several local ponds
  • Kellogg Hubbard Library
  • VT Democratic Headquarters
  • VT Farm Show in Barre, VT
  • Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill—to observe the professionals at work and taste!
  • Ben and Jerry's—to observe the professionals at work and taste!
  • Echo Science Center—various exhibits
  • Montshire Museum—various exhibits
  • National Theater of the Deaf—production at Lebanon Opera House
  • The Chandler Arts Center—to see Sharon Academy H.S. production of The Wizard of Oz
  • Langdon Street Bridge—multiple visits to observe construction and interview workers
  • Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Tunbridge World's Fair, VT
  • Annual trip to Wrightsville Reservoir for water studies and swimming