Back to School in America's National Parks- Gettysburg Fall Programs
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Teachers across Adams and York counties, and beyond, still have an opportunity to start the school year off with one of eight ranger field programs at Gettysburg National Military Park. These programs, including a walk across the fields of Pickett’s Charge, a visit to the John Slyder family farm, or the set-up of a Civil War era field hospital -- are offered free of charge from September 30 through November 1, and each includes a booklet of classroom preparation materials that fit into social studies, language arts, and even character education initiatives.
For more information, go to the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gett/forteachers and download the NPS Reservation forms, or call the Education Specialist at (717) 338-4422 to find out what dates are still available this fall. On the website, teachers will also find reservation request forms for spring programs, traveling trunks shipped to your school, as well as opportunities for continuing education for teachers on Gettysburg and the Common Core. Also check out the “Best Field Trip Ever!” planning kit pdf there for other field trip options, phone numbers, and planning tools.
Eisenhower National HistoricSite offers a variety of education programming for grades 4 -12, including lesson plans, field trips, and more at http://www.nps.gov/eise/
For opportunities for students and teachers across all of America’s national parks, the National Park Service just launched a new online service – the new “Teachers” section of the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/teachers-- that provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources. All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America’s national parks.
The site is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archeology, to biology, to Constitutional law. Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate NPS-provided content
Today the National Park Service (NPS) launched a new online service for teachers that brings America’s national parks, including Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, into neighborhood classrooms. The new “Teachers” section of the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/teachers provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources. All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America’s national parks.
“Gettysburg National Military Park has long welcomed area students to the park for field trips,” said Bob Kirby, park superintendent. “And now, through the new “Teachers” National Park Service website, all 401 national parks are throwing open the doors and inviting teachers and students to learn about all the parks.”
The site is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archeology, to biology, to Constitutional law. Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate NPS-provided content. In addition to park-created content, the site also features educational materials created by NPS national programs like the National Register of Historic Places and its award-winning Teaching with Historic Places series of 147 lesson plans.
The website is just one part of the National Park Service’s ongoing commitment to education. Every year, national parks offer more than 57,000 educational programs that serve nearly 3 million students in addition to 563,000 interpretive programs attended by 12.6 million visitors. The NPS is working with partners and educational institutions to expand programs and encourage the use of parks as places of learning. The NPS has partnered with the Department of Education to integrate national park resources into core curriculums. Each summer, teachers across the country are hired to work in parks to develop curriculum-based programs based on park resources through the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.
To learn more about the National Park Service’s education programs, visit www.nps.gov/teachers.
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Did You Know?
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.