• Gettysburg National Military Park


    National Military Park Pennsylvania

For Teachers

Student program in the cemetery.
Students participate in the Soldiers' National Cemetery program.
National Park Service

March 18, 2014

Dear Educators,

We hope the 2013-2014 school year is going well for everyone. It certainly has been an exciting year here at Gettysburg!

Sorry but all of our Spring 2014 Ranger Guided Field Programs have been reserved. Likewise, all of our Traveling Trunks are completely booked for the 2013-2014 school year. Dates and reservation request forms for the 2014-2015 school year will be available on this website in mid-August 2014. Feel free to download the traveling trunk teacher's guide for lesson plans that may be adapted for your students without the trunk itself!

There are still many options available for visiting Gettysburg (such as Licensed Battlefield Guides, film, cyclorama and Museum), and all of them, including procedures for reservations, are outlined in the pdf "Best Field Trip Ever!" planning kit on this website.


Thank you for making Gettysburg National Military Park a part of your school year!

Barbara J. Sanders
Education Specialist
Gettysburg National Military Park



"The Best Field Trip Ever!" Planning Kit

If you are planning a trip to Gettysburg, begin by reviewing the Best Field Trip Ever Planning Kit (pdf). This package includes all of your options - from the film, cyclorama painting, and museum exhibits at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, to the David Wills House, to ranger field programs and Licensed Battlefield tours, and more!



Gettysburg National Military Park, in cooperation with the Gettysburg Foundation, sponsors a satellite broadcast targeted for the school classroom. The DVD of the 2010 broadcast, "Big Deal at Gettysburg: The Value of Historic Places" is now available for purchase from the Gettysburg Foundation or through the bookstore at (717)334-1124, extension 6002. For additional information and lesson plans on this program and future broadcast projects, visit our Satellite Broadcast Page.


July 30 to August 2, 2014

The Richard Bartol, Jr. Educators' Conference in Gettysburg is for educators who teach the Civil War era to middle school students in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C., and face challenges in connecting students to the Civil War or lack the necessary tools and approaches to effectively engage their students in Civil War exploration. Click here for conference information and to register.

The Civil War for Teachers


Learn more about the people, the places, and the meaning of the war to Americans today at the official National Park Service web site on the Civil War.

Did You Know?

John Burns after the battle (Library of Congress)

John Burns, a 69 year-old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.