GRAHAMSVILLE — A Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan $2,000 Make a Difference Grant helps funds field trips for qualified schools in Sullivan County to visit the Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main Street (Route 55) in Grahamsville.

“We are so thrilled to offer our interactive and fun field trips at absolutely no cost to qualifiying schools in Sullivan County, thanks to the Make a Difference Grant” says Museum Director, Donna Steffens. “Plus, schools from anywhere can have free bus transportation, thanks to a grant from the Rondout Neversink Stream Program, so it is very cost effective for all schools to visit the Museum.”

The Museum currently offers two interactive and engaging field trip programs which fit into the global water unit, water cycle and other standards in the NYS Common Core curriculum for most grade levels:

1. Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: Upstate Water and NYC: Students explore the interactive exhibition on NYC’s Water Supply System, see water contaminants, make water dirty and then clean again, understand the importance of watersheds and experience the losses of those who had their lands taken to build the water system.

2. Water Through History: Students identify fossils, discover the importance of waterwheels for early industries, handle native artifacts and learn about the importance of clean water through history.

New This Year - Both of these programs include a visit to the onsite 1930s Lost Catskill Farm with a farmhouse, 1880s barn, milk house, electric plant, outhouse, and workshop with working waterwheel. Available year round every day, the cost of each program is $5 per student, with teachers and chaperones free, and free for all students from qualifying Sullivan County Schools. Interested schools please call 985-7700 or email for more information about free bus transportation, free admission or to schedule a visit.

Adults admission is a suggested donation of $5, children under 16 $2, and children under six are free. Town of Neversink residents receive free admission every Thursday. As a Blue Star Museum, the Museum offers free admission to active duty military members and up to five family members. For more information call 985-7700, e-mail or visit Groups, camps and schools are always welcome - Guided tours are conducted for groups of 15 to 100 people throughout the year.