• Front facade of Little Rock Central High School

    Little Rock Central High School

    National Historic Site Arkansas

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  • 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.

  • Holiday Closings

    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.

 
Close up photo of the front of a yellow school bus.

Scheduling 2013-14 Field Trips
The National Historic Site is taking reservations for group visits, including educational field trips, for the 2013-14 academic year. Please call 501.374.1957 to reserve a date for your school group. Any group planning to visit the site with 10 or more students is requested to make reservations for self-guided visits. Admission and programs are free. Reservations are required for group programs including guided walking tours of Central High School, Ranger-led discusions on the site's historic themes, a Ranger orientation to the exhibits and other features of the site, as well as documentary films that are available for screening. Reserving a date and time for school group does not mean that group has been approved or is eligible for a field trip reimbursement grant.

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 jodi_morris@nps.gov 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:

Assignments for Documentaries

Assignnments for Movies

Assignments for Books

Did You Know?

Segregationist hate mail sent to vice principal Elizabeth Huckaby

Vice Principal Elizabeth Huckaby's memoir of the 1957 desegregation crisis was made into a television movie starring Joanne Woodward, titled Crisis at Central High. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site