Field Trip Program

Curriculum-Based Education Programs

Park ranger with upper elementary school students in the Great Hall
Students learn more about the legal examination at Ellis Island during a ranger-led education program.
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Description

Update: While Ellis Island reopened on October 28, 2013, due to extensive damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, our traditional onsite programs, including those described below, cannot be offered at this time and will not be offered during the current semester (Spring 2014). However, we are pleased to be introducing new self-guided activities for school group field trips! See "Be an Inspector!" (Grades 2-5), "Dear Editor" (Grades 6-8), and "Politics!" (Grades 9-12) listings on the Field Trips page.


All education programs require a reservation, which is made when you buy the boat tickets for your field trip through Statue Cruises.  Education programs are offered Monday through Friday during the school year (typically September-December and February-June). Each program has its own requirements regarding age/grade limits and pre-visit activities. Please read the descriptions below for more information. 

Shore to Shore

Students in grades 4-6 learn about immigration at Ellis Island by walking in the footsteps of immigrants and experiencing what immigrating was like through hands-on small group activities.
 
This program is:
  • 90 minutes long
  • Limited to 40 students
  • Curriculum-based
  • Designed for students in grades 4-6
  • Offered Monday-Friday during the school year (September-June)
  • Free (paid for by your tax dollars)
  • Available with a reservation only
If this program sounds right for your class, request the program when you buy your ferry tickets!

Before the on-site program in the museum, prepare your class and complete the pre-visit activity in the new Teacher's Guide for Grades 4-6.  The classic version is still available: Shore to Shore Teacher's Guide. Please give us feedback about either version.

Immigration GameZone
Students in grades 4-8 learn about immigration at Ellis Island during its peak years (1892-1924) through walking in the footsteps of immigrants and participating in an interactive question and answer game, which not only tests what the students have learned but also presents the information in another format, reinforcing what they learned.
 
This program is:
  • 90 minutes long
  • Limited to 48 students
  • Curriculum-based
  • Designed for students in grades 4-8
  • Offered Monday-Friday during the school year (September-June)
  • Free (paid for by your tax dollars)
  • Available with a reservation only
If this program sounds right for your class, request the program when you buy your ferry tickets!
 
Before the on-site program in the museum, prepare your class and complete the pre-visit activity in the new Teacher's Guide for Grades 4-6 or Grades 7-8. The classic version is still available: Immigration GameZone Teacher's Guide. Please give us feedback about the Teacher's Guide you used.

Contact

Ellis Island Education Department

email us

212-363-3200

Details

Grade Levels:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
History, Immigration, Social Studies
type:
Field Trip Program