2017 MN FIELD TRIP & ACTIVITY EXPO

For Educators, Youth and Adult Group Activity & Tour Planners • Monday August 7th • 9a to 3p • Saint Paul Union Depot

  • Educational & Recreational Exhibitors

  • Assemblies • Field Trips • Tours

  • Curriculum that can support standards

  • Educational Performers • Entertainers

  • Meet Providers in Person

  • Attractions • Destinations • Events

  • Earn CEU Clocktime

  • Professional Development Workshops

  • Union Depot Tours

LOOKING FOR ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR GROUPS? COME TO THE 2017 EXPO!

Meet 150+ amazing exhibitors, attend engaging PD Workshops and much more!

Just Announced! FREE TWINS GAME TICKETS!
Target Field Tours & the Minnesota Twins just announced they will be giving out Twins Game Tickets at the 2017 EXPO to attendees who register to attend this event (first come, first served… available while supplies last).

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2017 MN Field Trip & Activity EXPO

Location: SAINT PAUL’S HISTORIC UNION DEPOT
214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 • MAP

Date: Monday, August 7th, 2017
Time: Doors open at 9am – 3pm
Admission: No charge
What to expect:
– 150+ exhibitors
– Maker Stations
– 2 Professional Development Workshops
– Tours of the Union Depot
– CEU Certificates (up to 6 hours of CEU clocktime for workshops & provider interviews)
Online Registration is now open… Register today!

JUST ANNOUNCED: The MN Twins will be giving away ballgame tickets again this year (1st come, 1st served during the EXPO only – as supplies last)! You must register to attend the EXPO to be eligible for tickets, to attend the PD Workshops, and to interview exhibitors… remember, the EXPO is FREE to attend!

REGISTER HERE NOW TO ATTEND EXPO & WORKSHOPS

Every year hundreds of school and group planners just like you discover new activity ideas, programs, field trips, tours and unexpected providers for their groups (of ALL AGES) at this annual event! Exhibitors include MN destinations, educational performers, speakers, entertainers, and even organizations who specialize in fundraising and grant opportunities. And they are coming to talk with professional attendees like you about their programs.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR GROWING LIST OF EXHIBITORS…

Then read the comments on this page from attendees to past EXPOs…

• 2017 EXPO SCHEDULE
9 am Doors Open – Check in, pick up your EXPO Program & then get started exploring & interviewing providers!
10:30 am – PD Workshop #1: Student-Centered Classroom Management (1 hour)
1:00 pm – PD Workshop #2: The Importance of the Authentic Leader (1 hour)
3:00 pm – End of the 2017 EXPO – Thanks for coming… we’ll see you next year!

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NEW at the 2017 EXPO

PD WORKSHOPS – complete with Clocktime Certificates

2 valuable professional development workshops featuring unique presenters with unusual approaches and valuable content!  There is no charge for either of these workshops. Earn CEU Clocktime and take your CEU Certificate home with you.
When you register for the EXPO, you can also register for the workshops. Registration is now open.

• PD WORKSHOP #1

STUDENT-CENTERED CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
CEU Clocktime: 1 hour (no fee)


Greg Olson, founder of CRITTERS & COMPANY
Greg brings his unique animal assistants who help bring this important message to life!
Learn about assessment, boundaries and being assertive without being aggressive.
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• PD WORKSHOP #2

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AUTHENTIC LEADER
CEU Clocktime: 1 hour (no fee)

Teddy Roosevelt live
Adam Lindquist, founder of the TR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, and TEDDY ROOSEVELT LIVE
Learn how leadership drives results and the ability to be an effective leader – with the right tools. A unique approach to leadership in the school and classroom – from TR himself.

Click HERE for Greg and Adam’s bio and content outline of this workshop.

Earn CEU PD Clocktime 2 ways at the EXPO… up to 6 hours free of charge.
1. Register & Attend 1 or both workshops
2. In the exhibit hall, interview & research providers and their curriculum-based programs

– As you exit, pick up your CEU Certificate to take home with you.

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NEW in 2017 – MAKER STATIONS!

Experiential learning products and services at the exhibits of select providers and sponsor companies. This can range from 3-D printing to Food!

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Where to find the 2017 EXPO…

The Historic SAINT PAUL UNION DEPOT!

214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 • MAP
For a quick history of the DEPOT… click HERE

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2017 EXPO

Date: Monday, August 7th, 2017
Time: Doors open at 9am – 3pm
Admission: No charge
What to expect:
– 150+ exhibitors
– Maker Stations
– 2 Professional Development Workshops
– Tours of the Union Depot
– CEU Certificates (up to 6 hours of CEU clocktime for workshops & provider interviews)
Online Registration is now open… Register today!

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• When you arrive at the 2017 EXPO, head for the Union Depot’s Waiting Room (the Exhibition Hall) where you will find the registration table & the 150+ exhibitors, check in and go exploring! You’re on your way to discovering MN’s BEST Providers!

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• 2017 EXPO SCHEDULE
9 am – Doors Open – Register, pick up your EXPO Program & get started!
10:30 am – PD Workshop #1: Student-Centered Classroom Management (1 hour)
1:00 pm – PD Workshop #2: The Importance of the Authentic Leader (1 hour)
3:00 pm – End of the 2017 EXPO – See you next year!

EXPO EXTRAS:
– Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Union Depot (plan ahead… space for these tours is limited)
– Visit the numerous exhibitor Maker Stations.
– Parking options (1300 spots within short walking distance – more details to be available here mid-summer)

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FROM ACTIVITIES TO ASSEMBLIES TO FIELD TRIPS TO FUNDRAISING…

Produced by the MN Field Trip & Activity Library, 2017 is the 7th year of this exciting annual planning event! The EXPO has become an inspiring one-stop “shopping” opportunity filled with Minnesota’s BEST field trips, day trips, assemblies, programs & entertainment, itinerary destinations, events, recreational activities, and fundraising opportunities!

WHO WILL GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPO?
Do you plan educational and/or recreational activities during the year for groups of all ages & types? Then the EXPO is for YOU!

“The EXPO is for anyone who plans field trips, activities, classroom support and tours. The vendors provide our staff who attend with new and relevant ideas! I go every year!”  
Lacelle Cordes, Rosemount Community Education

STUDENT & YOUTH LEADERS WHO PLAN ACTIVITIES
Teachers & educators, youth group activity planners, homeschoolers & homeschool co-op leaders.

ACTIVE ADULT & SENIOR GROUP PLANNERS
Directors and activity coordinators for retired corporate employee associations, retirement communities, senior centers, community education programs, church retirement groups, and facility activities (i.e. adult day care, nursing homes & care centers, etc). Lifelong learning planners.

• TOUR OPERATORS & ITINERARY PLANNERS
Tour operators, bank clubs, travel clubs, group leaders and travel agents who plan active adult/senior bus tours and student travel.

• Read more comments by planners who have attended previous EXPOs.

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CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR GROWING LIST OF EXHIBITORS…

PLANNERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED PAST EXPOS SPEAK OUT:

“I had been setting up field trips for our students for years and spent a lot of time looking for places to tour or bring in speakers to our programs.  In one day, I had field trip ideas, phone numbers and contacts to call.  Saved so much valuable time.”
V. Lambrecht, Work Based Learning Coordinator, SW Metro, Shakopee

“I’m ALWAYS looking for tour ideas, and I LOVE what you do!”
L. Stolte, Happy Wanderers, Cottage Grove

“Yes, it is amazing!  Lots of resources and very organized!”
J. Schaaf, District Curriculum Coordinator, New Horizon, Blaine

“Exhibitors came with programs and creative ideas that helped so much! They are so willing to work with us, and to customize to meet our needs.”
P. Tuma, New Brighton Parks & Recreation Dept, New Brighton

“What an awesome way to see the many different opportunities for field trips in Minnesota!  There were way more possibilities than I could even imagine!  They also provided workshops on how to find and write grants to help cover costs of the field trips!  It was a great time to connect with other colleagues in the state and to see the wide variety of field trips out there!”
L. Schoneman, Teacher, Albert Lea Area Schools

“I have attended the Field Trip EXPO the past three years.  I found useful information not only for the school I was working at, but for the youth group at our church.”
B. Hanssen, Substitute Teacher, Albert Lea School District

“Great experience!!!  Check it out!!  Lots of great educational ideas!!  Bring your own kids – they will have a blast!  Lots of freebies!!  What teacher doesn’t love that!!!”
T. Mikkelson, High School Math Teacher, Red Wing Schools

“An amazing one-stop shop till ya’ drop day!  The exhibitors are all about providing superior experiences for our kids.  The day is unprecedented with the variety, action, and exposure to opportunities.  Do NOT miss!”
M. Hauck, Elementary Teacher (1st Grade), Pine Harbor Christian Academy, Hastings

“It’s awesome to get a big jump start on my school year field trips. I bring my calendar and book things right there on the spot. There is always something new to book that I know the kids will LOVE!”
K Kroll, Minnetonka Explorers Club

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2016 Expo Program

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year’s exhibitors…

Educators & Teachers!
Earn CEU Clocktime
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What Attendees Are Saying

This is a “must attend” for any programmer. The vendors provide you with all of the information necessary to have a great event. The YMCA pulls out our expo bag every year to plan our field trips each summer. This event provides us with new and relevant ideas for the kids! Definitely worth while!

Jessica KAndover YMCA

Fantastic opportunity to connect with resources.

Trish DChatfield Public Schools

This will be my fourth Expo. I have discovered fun and enriching new field trips for our program this way.

Charlotte RFacilitator • ISD 197 School Age Care, West St. Paul

It’s my day to get field trips booked for the school year! I’ve come away with new and exciting things for our kids to do each year. Plus I get to put faces with the people I talk to when booking field trips. Always fun!

Kari NExplorers Club, Minnetonka Schools

After attending this event the last two years we were able to get great ideas for our school and make connections with other agencies.

Joshua BDean of Students • Sage Academy, Brooklyn Park

Great grant resources for classroom teachers.

Jonathan JTeacher/Grant Writer • Westate Education Center District 287, Woodbury

Love all the giveaways & ideas for trips…

Kristi WProgram Coordinator • ISD 728 Community Education, Elk River

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