Parks as Classrooms

Park ranger faces line of children, all holding wooden rifles

A park historian teaches children the proper way to hold a Civil War era rifle during a program

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Not only are National Parks "America's Best Idea," but they also make excellent classrooms! Are you a teacher who would like to enhance your curriculum with resources from Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania? Explore the following pages for ideas!

Bring the park to your students!

Explore the curriculum materials compiled by park historians, including a lesson plan on the Battle of Fredericksburg and a classroom based program on the legacy of the National Park Service.

Want a more hands-on experience? Consider our Travelling Trunk program! This allows students to analyze the experiences of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War by trying on uniforms, examining the contents of a soldier's haversack, and reading letters from the 1860s.

Visit us!

There is nothing quite like the experience of visiting an historic site, and field trips are a great way to encourage your students to engage with history. Plan a field trip to Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania with the help of our education coordinator!

Learn more about teachers and the NPS:

Would you like to include other national parks in your curriculum? Learn more about the relationship between teachers and the organization? Explore the National Park Service's page for teachers.

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