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‘Learning about the people who lived here’ Third graders explore historic Cobblestone Farm

Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor

Burns Park and Angell elementary students this month are enjoying field trips to the historic Cobblestone Farm.

George Taylor, longtime president of the Cobblestone Farm Association, loves nothing better than to watch the students arrive, knowing that 90 minutes later they will have a better sense of local history.

“They can learn about the development of the Ann Arbor community by learning about the people who lived here,” said Taylor.

By the end of the month, five third grade classes from Angell and Burns Park will have enjoyed a spring field trip to Cobblestone Farm.

Each school community designs and extends learning through field trips to their students and often the trips are standard like our environmental education trips.  Some trips are localized to the school to incorporate student interests or access to nearby experiences like the Thurston Nature Preserve.

Parents are welcome to contact their school administrators to discuss a potential connection and benefit of a particular trip.

Angell third grade teacher Mark Kelly pauses for a photo with his class during a field trip to Cobblestone Farm.

Docent Kevin Gilson gives students a sense of what life was like on the farm years ago.

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