Freedom's Frontier and Greenbush partner to create camps

Freedom's Frontier News Release


Jim Ogle, Executive Director
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Julie McPike, Managing Director
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Lexi Ray, Youth and Education Coordinator
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Sonia Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager
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Michael McCambridge, Director of Student Enrichment 
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Freedom's Frontier and Greenbush partner to create camps
4th and 5th grade students will explore regional history through Exploration Camps 

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center are working together to provide a 90-sminute history session during a 4-day summer camp experience for students entering the 4th and 5th grades in Fall 2017.

Greenbush Exploration Camps aim to re-ignite student engagement. More than 550 campers will participate each summer in the Explorations program at no cost for campers and families.

Freedom's Frontier began offering day camp experiences in 2012, and last year served more than 300 students, working with Boys and Girls Clubs in eight communities. Students visit historic sites that tell the stories of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's overarching themes: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for Freedoms. Camps take the students on a week-long crash course from Civil War to Civil Rights.

Greenbush camps incorporate reading, math, relationships, and creativity, combined with fun. Now, camps will also have a session that focuses on the nationally significant history of western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.
Based in the historic early 20th century school house on the Greenbush property, this program will:

  • Engage students in hands-on explorations of historic artifacts and documents.
  • Encourage students to use their research and analysis skills to identify items and discuss their purpose and uses.
  • Serve as a pilot that can be extended from a 90-minute program to a full day program for use during the school year as requested.
"We are excited to be able to integrate Kansas history into our enrichment programs for kids, " said Michael McCambridge, Director of Student Enrichment at Greenbush. "Our work with Freedom's Frontier will help us open new doors and expand innovative learning opportunities."

The Exploration Camp development is just the beginning of the FFNHA and Greenbush Collaboration. Other projects are in the works.

"This is a great opportunity for Freedom's Frontier to share the significant stories of the region with new audiences in southeastern Kansas through fun and unique hands-on learning experiences,"said Liz Hobson, Freedom's Frontier Education and Interpretation Manager.

About Greenbush
Greenbush believes every learner, regardless of age or geographic location, deserves equal educational opportunities. Greenbush offers programs that are otherwise unavailable, unaffordable, or just more effective and efficient through a cooperative effort. Greenbush serves as a strategic partner in helping institutions maximize their buying power so they can channel more dollars toward their core mission. Greenbush forms partnerships with agencies, businesses, and universities to further resources and personnel.

From early intervention programs for infants to community learning centers devoted to adult education, Greenbush fosters academic success in those served and supports educators who are committed to doing the same.

About National Heritage Areas and the National Park Service
National heritage areas (NHAs) further the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) by fostering community stewardship of our nation's heritage. The NHA program includes 49 Congressionally-designated heritage areas administered by NPS coordinators and park units. 

NHAs are not national park units. NPS partners with, provides technical assistance, and distributes matching federal funds from Congress to NHA entities. NPS does not assume ownership of land inside heritage areas or impose land use controls. 

NHAs are lived-in landscapes, where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to tell nationally important stories of our nation's diverse heritage. NHAs collaborate with communities to create private-public partnerships that leverage funds and provide long-term support for economic development, heritage tourism, historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, and educational projects. 

For more information about the NHA program, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/heritageareas/index.htm.  

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Heritage Area Fast Facts
Mission: Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties: Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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