Field Trip Program
Ranger-Led Programs at the Andersonville Prison site
The park offers two ranger-led programs for school groups. Ranger programs are forty-five minutes in length and can accomodate up to 55 students. "Relics of Civilization" is for younger students up to the fifth grade and mixed-grade homeschool and distance-learning groups. "Life and Death in a Rebel Prison" is designed for the sixth through twelth grade.
Please read our 2013-2014 Field Trip Planner for more information on planning a field trip to Andersonville. Please note that field trip confirmation may take up to seven days.
|"Relics of Civilization"||"Life and Death in a Rebel Prison"|
Students will examine the experience of Union prisoners of war through the items they brought, made, traded, and stole. From buttons to bread, common items could mean the diff erence between life and death for these men. Students will study items and discuss how prisoners might adapt these items in unique ways to meet their daily needs. Students will be asked to consider whether they would have made the right trades, saved the best resources or pursued the jobs that would either have saved or shortened their lives as prisoners.
Students will explore the experiences of Union prisoners of war during the Civil War. Students will receive a prisoner profi le card with the details of a real Civil War soldier. Throughout the program they will be asked to consider things from the perspective of their historical identity. This outdoor walking tour will address prison life, including harsh conditions and methods of survival. At the end of the program, students will discover what happened to their historical prisoner.
Each activity is approximately 45 minutes in duration per group of 55 students.
Ranger-led programs are conducted for no more than 55 students at a time.
- Grade Levels:
- Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
- Civil War, Military and Wartime History
- National/State Standards:
- This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
Available Field Trips