The city’s first truly experiential learning initiative!

Explore all five Midwestern habitats in one place!

Come run the city for the day!

One of Kansas City’s most innovative science education programs!

Company Overview

The days of the Exchange City and EarthWorks field trips are two of the most memorable days in a Kansas City student’s life and we have found a way to improve your experience . For over 30 years, these two programs now led by not-for-profit group Teach and Learn Experientially (TLE) have excited students and fostered an eagerness to learn in a fun, hands-on environment. These two innovative programs include state-approved curriculum that prepare students in the classroom for an exciting, innovative, hands-on experiential learning experience. Both Exchange City and EarthWorks offer personal and interactive activities that involve role-playing, critical thinking, strategic planning and … fun!

Previously during the academic school year nearly 12,000 students, 300 teachers, and 2,000 parent volunteers from almost 300 schools have participated in our school-based programs in Kansas City. Each summer, many students have come to Curiosity Camps for a week-long summer camp experience.

After over three decades of being a field trip we have decided to move EarthWorks and Exchange City into the 21st century, offering a more relevant curriculum and the experience. Our programs will now be expanded to reach a broader spectrum of students with our diverse additions to the curriculum and program. The most exciting part of our renovation is that we will now be bringing our programs to you, which means the same experience without the cost of transportation for the students.  Please note that we will charge a travel fee of $25 within a 25 mile radius of 64086 and $50 for anywhere outside of that 25 mile radius. Our mission remains the same and so does the execution of the programs, the only thing we have eliminated is the hassle of transporting your students to a specific location. We have found that the creativity that the students show has doubled since piloting our mobile programs. The students are no longer confined to the limitations of creation templates that were once offered with Exchange City and that children in the EarthWorks program have become more focused on the event. With Exchange City the children are free to create anything they want and are limited only to their imaginations. This is part of the experiential learning model. We want to stimulate their creativity by giving them the freedom to produce and sell their own ideas!

Teach and Learn Experientially (TLE)

TLE is proud to offer our flagship educational programs to the Kansas City community. It’s through the support of local businesses, community members and the educational community that we can continue to offer innovative educational opportunities to Kansas City students.

Our innovative programs include a relative curriculum that prepare students in the classroom for an incredible on-site experience at your location. We will turn your gymnasium, classroom, lunchroom, playground into either a interactive laboratory or mock city. Our programs are unique because they provide classroom curricula as well as a capstone experience where students can put their learning into action for a deeper level of engagement and learning. From their conception, Exchange City and EarthWorks have impacted, inspired and touched the lives of students on a daily basis. TLE is dedicated to the continued success of these two important programs.

Exchange City of Kansas City

Imagine how the world would run if a 5th grader were mayor or if an 11-year-old owned the bank. That’s exactly how Exchange City works and educators, parents and students all LOVE it. Exchange City began in 1980 as a way to teach Kansas City children important skills in economics, math and communication. The program could potentially involve a city of 14-business or organizations that students are tasked with managing. Enrollment numbers and what your students come up with as necessary businesses to make a city run effectively will determine which businesses will be open in your city. This allows entrepreneurial skills to flourish as each student is assigned a job prior to arrival. They must use their skills from classroom lessons taught for several weeks prior to our arrival for your Exchange City experience.

Learn more about Exchange City.

EarthWorks of Kansas City

EarthWorks is a budding scientist’s dream. We will turn your facility into a “real” laboratory that features real-life animals native to the Midwest area, microscopes, experiments and more. For one day, students will get to investigate habitats and determine if the animals in each habitat can survive. Natural disasters throw curve balls in each habitat and students must work together through their unique science-related jobs to determine the sustainability of life. This is an exciting program suitable for all age groups!

Learn more about EarthWorks.

Curiosity Camps | Kansas City Summer Camps

Looking for a summer camp around Kansas City that both you and your child will LOVE? Consider a Curiosity Camp with Exchange City or EarthWorks. Students who love our program’s one-day experiences often want us to come back with more! Our camps consist of a one, two, three-day programs where experiences with Exchange City or EarthWorks are amplified into a one-of-a-kind event. Students enjoy being creative, role-playing and participating in hands-on learning. Parents love that their children are engaging in learning experiences and education, even on summer break.

Learn about Curiosity Camps.

Inclement Weather Policy

It will be at the discretion of the TLE-Exchange City & EarthWorks staff if they will need to cancel the days event and reschedule due to inclement weather.  In addition, prior to 7:00am, a TLE staff member will call or email the contact person of each school scheduled for us to attend one of your facilities that day.  We will do our best to reschedule schools ASAP.