Children get to go on field trips to new and exciting places all the time. Adults carefully curate exciting adventures which help launch children's curiosity and learning. Then children grown into adults and and field trips fall by the wayside.
In late September, Cambria Cox launched The Field Trip Society to remedy the lack of field trips focused on grown-up curiosity and interests. The Field Trip Society offers opportunities for adults to broaden their knowledge while dabbling in various interests without committing to weeks of classes or expensive supplies. "This is an opportunity for adults to learn and have fun," explained Cox.
Cox, who is a resident of Seattle's south end, realized there was a need for more hands-on classes in her community after organizing events for her friends. She started off taking a handful of friends to various places around the city, from a fun dumpling house to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Pioneer Square. She decided to make her outings more formal when she saw how well classes were going at The Pantry and noticing that the south end was lacking in these opportunities.
"You can take art classes at the Pratt Fine Arts Center," said Cox. "But I don't have time in my schedule to take 5 weeks of classes. I wanted to give people the opportunity to dabble in something new."
The Field Trip Society strives for a broad appeal. "It's not just for young people. It's not just for old people. It's for curious people." said Cox.
The Field Trip Society doesn't have a static classroom space which is part of its appeal. Previous classes have happened in Columbia City's La Medusa restaurant, design studios, private residences and in Seward Park.
"My hope is that the class spaces will move around," said Cox. "To have classes in an interesting space that is also inspirational."
From mushroom-foraging trips to pie-making, macramé, an intro to braising techniques and homemade holiday gifts, the class opportunities are abundant. Instructors and guides include Landgon Cook, Amy Pennington and Hannah Morgan.
An upcoming festive field trip is the Homemade Holiday Gifts by Laura Culberg. Holiday cheer will be spread as participants learn to how to make various holiday cookies and treats. The best part is that each student will leave with 10 packages, all ready to be gifted to people on their "nice" list.
Cox, a wardrobe stylist with her own wardrobe consulting business and clients ranging from Nordstrom to Eddie Bauer has great plans for future Field Trip Society classes. "I want our classes to be equally appealing to men as well as to women," she said. Future plans include a distillery tour, intro to fly fishing class, champagne tastings and stargazing adventures. Classes will be a mix of some cooking, some entertaining, some crafting with a modern twist and always with a focus on exploration. Cox wants people to get out and go exploring, learn to craft things with their hands all while being entertained.
The Field Trip Society's current class selection can be found here: http://www.fieldtripsociety.com/field-trips-and-classes/
Classes range from $50 to $125. For more information, www.fieldtripsociety.com