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Classroom on Wheels (COW)  

CLASSROOM ON WHEELS is a school bus-based traveling classroom for half-day field trips throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. It provides an in-depth look into local businesses and industry, arts and culture, education, religion, government, social services, agriculture, and history in a way that one could not accomplish on one’s own. Students gain an appreciation of what goes into creating the quality of life we enjoy. Since 1974, Classroom On Wheels students have visited or learned about more than 1,300 places and people. These popular classes have gained a huge following of loyal students who love to learn about the area via field trips and lectures. Classes are held in the fall, winter, and spring. Come enjoy our newer school bus now with A/C.

The only bus pick-up location is at Suncoast Technical College, 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233:
Park your car and meet the Classroom on Wheels bus on the Suncoast Technical College campus. Enter the campus from Proctor Road. Go to the northwest corner adjacent to Building 5 (north of Building 3-ACE Office). Park near the fence adjacent to the ball field.

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Manatee Technical College is a fully accredited technical center that has delivered adult, career, and technical educational programs for the people of Manatee County for more than 50 years. We will tour a portion of the main campus.

Warm Mineral Springs is the only warm-water mineral spring in the State of Florida. It is the largest water mineral spring in the world, reaching a depth of 250 feet into one of the deepest Florida aquifers. It’s surrounded by an 81-acre resort and day spa. Archaeological exploration has uncovered extinct animal bones and human remains including a ten-thousand-year-old human skull containing brain matter.

The Elling Eide Center’s art and artifact collection spans several genres and cultures. The collection focuses on decorative pieces from the Chinese and Japanese medieval period and includes a large assemblage of ornate scrolls. The private research library is a leading resource for Asian Studies in the southwestern United States and contains more than 60,000 volumes covering every period of Chinese history from ancient times to the modern era. The research center offers so much more.

Clyde Butcher has been called a national treasure and the next Ansel Adams. He is best known for his black-and-white images of Florida’s nature and United States western landscapes. His Venice gallery is a working facility where you will see his photographic studio and 2000-square-foot darkroom.

For course descriptions, please refer to the Classroom on Wheels Winter Schedule pamphlet located under Resources on the ACE web home page. Hover on instructor name for biography.


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