investing in our children

This successful multi-faceted program is designed to help the pre-school aged population of Northampton and Accomack Counties understand and interpret the culture and heritage of the Eastern Shore and her Barrier Islands through art, music, local history, and manners. Children come once a month for a semester, so each child visits 4 times. In addition, the program is offered to Northamton County Migrant Summer School students each July. 

Workforce Development in Progress

Workforce Development in Progress

The Barrier Islands Center is excited to bring this program to 4 yr old students, and has begun expanding the program to Kindergarten students, with the firm belief that offering top-shelf art, music, local history and manners- all on a pretty farm, will help our young children get a even better start on life! 


The idea behind the My First Field Trip cultural enrichment program was that it just makes good sense to expose young children to top shelf music and art instruction, and that basic manners (saying please, thank you and looking at people in the eye with a smile on your face) will take you far in life.

The children tour the museum, practice good manners, and take part in lessons designed around Eastern Shore themes. Pre-K students reinforce local history and their environs through high quality art and music enrichment. 

The BIC introduced My First Field Trip as a pilot program in 2011, and it has since grown to over 225 children, including students from Northampton and Accomack County Public Schools, local private schools as well as Northampton Migrant Head Start.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Batten Educational Achievement Fund, PNC Foundation, Gwathmey Foundation, Lions Club Charity Foundation District 24 D, Beazley Foundation, and Herndon Foundation.

We are thrilled My First Field Trip has taken root. We have high hopes that the program – and the children who participate - will continue to thrive for years to come.