Restricted Access to Central High School
All park visitors, including tour buses, must park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Street parking is reserved for Little Rock School District buses and parents. Visitors may enter the school only on guided tours.
The National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The Visitor Center may close at 2:30 PM on the day before each of these federal holidays. The Visitor Center number is 501.374.1957.
Plan A Field Trip
For more information or to make reservations, call the park at 501-374-1957 or email us.
Scheduling 2013-14 Field Trips
Field Trip Times: All field trips begin at the National Park Visitor Center. Park only in the National Park Visitor Center Parking Lot. The National Historic Site is open 9am to 4:30pm daily. A minimum of 45 minutes is recommended for groups visiting for self-guided exhibit exploration. Reservations are still recommended for self-guided exploration. Groups without reservations may have to wait until groups with reservations complete their tour if sufficent space is not available for both groups simultaneously. Two hours is the minimum time that should be planned for a visit if you want to reserve a guided walking tour. The Streetscape Walking Tour and The Inside Central High Walking Tour are both led by Park staff and are by reservation only.
Guided Walking Tours Inside Central HIgh: Visitors can only tour the inside of Central High School with an advanced reservation for a ranger-led walking tour. One hour should be allowed just for the walking tour. The National Historic Site must be notified in advance if any member of the group cannot walk up and down at least two flights of stairs. Accessible routes avoiding steps may be taken but advance notification is required. Recommended times for the Inside Central Tour are 9am and 1:15pm for the best access to the school's interior. Tours at other times may be limited to just the CHS lobby and auditorium or to the Streetscape Tour of the schools exterior.
Group Size: There is no minimum size for groups visiting. Maximum size for groups is 50 students and up to 4 chaperones (minimum of 2 teachers/chaperones is required.) Group size is based on room capacity. Groups arriving without reservations may have to await until after scheduled groups exit before they can enter the exhibit area. Two groups of 50 students may be scheduled for the same time slot with the groups rotating between a ranger-led program and the exhibit area.
Field Trip Reimbursement Grant: The National Historic Site will be offering fieldtrip reimbursement grants to assist 5th through 12th grade Arkansas school groups with bus transportation to the site for curriculum based programs scheduled between October 15, 2013 and April 25, 2014. Reimbursement applications must be approved a minimum of two weeks prior to the field trip date. Funds for reimbursement are limited. Reimbursement applications will be reviewed in the order submitted and applications will be cut off once the annual budget for reimbursements has been committed. Reimbursement cannot pay for food or lodging. Field Trip Reimbursement Applications will be available after September 15. Email Jodi Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. Please put "Field Trip Reimbursement Request" in the subject line of the email.
Reimbursement is available for fuel and bus driver costs. The maximum reimbursement is $1500 per school group. Reimbursements will be made to the school or to non-profit affiliates such as parent/teacher associations. Reimbursements will be paid by a federal Master Card credit card. Either the school or the partnering association must be able to process a credit card payment unless a charter bus company will be used for transportation, in which case the National Historic Site will pay the bus company directly.
To qualify for reimbursement of transportation costs, approved groups must also complete a pre-visit and post-visit activity related to the history and themes of the Central High School National HIstoric SIte. Several options are available for these activities. See below for a list of assignments that would meet the requirements:
Did You Know?
In 1957 President Eisenhower sent soldiers into Arkansas to enforce the federal court's order to desegregate Central High - becoming the first president since Reconstruction to use federal troops to support African American civil rights. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site