Exploratory Enrichment

Program #435

Susan Kessler, (631) 595-6814
Peggy Unger, (631) 360-3652

Exploratory EnrichmentThe Exploratory Enrichment service facilitates experiences that extend beyond traditional classroom instruction.  Western Suffolk BOCES coordinates schedules and contracts for K-12 presentations, workshops, in-school programs and field trips.  Member districts can choose from an array of service providers whose programs reinforce NYS Learning Standards with content not found in standard classroom coursework.  Through this program, BOCES will:

  • Maintain a database of enrichment activities by topic and grade level;
  • Facilitate searches initiated by school personnel or parent-teacher representatives who seek appropriate sites for field trips, guest speakers or workshop presenters to provide enrichment experiences for students in K-12;
  • Encourage the sharing of information between BOCES and schools by moderating a Facebook page for Exploratory Enrichment.
  • Screen and evaluate programs for suitability as enrichment activities for different grade levels;
  • Coordinate the scheduling of Exploratory Enrichment activities held in school buildings;
  • Include a coordinating fee

An alphabetical listing of the programs by category that have been approved can be viewed by clicking the link below. Each program listing includes a link to the corresponding website.

Programs require four weeks to process. Programs marked in red require Board approval. Contact Peggy Unger for dates. Programs marked in green require six (6) weeks to process. You should notify any program asking your school for a deposit that you will be contracting with Western Suffolk BOCES. Do not send a deposit and contact our office.

If the program you are looking for is not listed below, please contact us and we will try to add it to our offerings. We would be happy to help you research and plan your future programs.

Link to Exploratory Enrichment Programs

Option 1 for districts with allocated funds for current year.

  • Contact the program and reserve your date.
  • Tell program to send Western Suffolk BOCES the invoice for your activity.
  • Complete appropriate form to request either Field Trip or 
    In-School Program. Both forms are PDFs that you can complete online. (Depending on your computer’s browser, you may have to click in the upper right corner to open the PDF with the free Adobe Reader. Then you can enter your information.)
  • Click ” Submit” or fax form to Peggy Unger at 631-623-4912 a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of program. (4 weeks in advance of prepaid programs)
  • Western Suffolk BOCES will then submit all requests to your school district for approval.
Option 2 for districts starting a new Exploratory Enrichment Program

  • Contact Peggy Unger at punger@wsboces.org or (631)360-3652
  • Discuss program options
  • Contact your School District Business Office/Superintendent’s Office, and request a contract letter be sent to Western Suffolk BOCES requesting your program and the amount the program costs.  Exploratory Enrichment staff can assist you with this procedure. No program can take place until your school district has requested your program in writing.
  • After BOCES has received your official request letter, complete appropriate form to request either Field Trip or In-School Program
  • Fax form to Peggy Unger at 631-623-4912 a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of program. (4 weeks in advance of prepaid programs)