Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will again offer its school trip grant program, Ticket to Ride. The grant offers transportation and educational program funding for schools across New York State. By covering bus and tour fees, the program makes it possible for schools to take advantage of first-rate educational field trips to designated museums and historic sites throughout the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The program provides schools the ability to visit sites that reinforce classroom learning with hands on experiences. Through engaging programs that often feature primary documents and photographs, local sites represents the spirit of the canal era as New York grew into the Empire State.
In the wake of the New York State Barge Canal being recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a revitalized emphasis on the Erie Canal and its importance in not only state history, but national history is emerging.
The following sites include as part of their program a trained curator, educator, or historian; formal docent program; approved tour script reflecting State Education Social Studies standards; and, demonstrated experience providing school tours.
- Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, Canajoharie
- Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus
- Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango
- Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport
- Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse
- Historic Palmyra, Palmyra
- MiSci, Schenectady
- Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter
- Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Seneca Falls
- Waterford Historical Museum, Waterford
For more information on the Ticket to Ride program visit eriecanalway.org.