Want to teach kids about city planning?

Monona Terrace is now seeking volunteers for their program, Terrace Town! Terrace Town brings architecture, design and city planning curriculum to Dane County elementary classrooms. Over several weeks, students learn how cities are planned, what makes a quality city, and how citizens can participate in the improvement of their community. Classrooms then design and construct scale model “box cities” and install them in Monona Terrace’s Exhibition Hall for public display.

They are recruiting volunteer mentors to partner with schools and visit classrooms in the months of November through January. Culminating events occur at Monona Terrace January 31-February 1.

The mentor service entails:

  • Attend training to learn presentation techniques and activities for an elementary classroom. First informational meeting August 19, 5:00pm at Monona Terrace.
  • Attend a kick-off workshop with teachers to begin discussion on working together. Date TBD.
  • Commit to a minimum of four visits to a classroom and facilitate design and construction activities. Activity themes include zoning and land use, transportation options, architectural features, green buildings, among others.
  • Acquire resources, including city maps, zoning charts, and photographs of buildings for classroom use.
  • Assist in box city installation at Monona Terrace on January 31 (“School Build Day”).
  • Arrange your own transportation to the schools for visits.

Monona Terrace is looking for individuals who have a mix of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn delivery styles appropriate for an elementary classroom. The mentors must be able to schedule their visits during school time (typically within the hours of 9-2:30) in advance and keep commitments.

If interested please contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261 – 4015 or by email at hsabin@mononaterrace.com