• Cub Creek winds through the woodland at Hometstead National Monument of America.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

Plan A Field Trip

Exciting hands-on learning activities await school and community groups at Homestead National Monument of America. These activities are based upon Homestead's curriculum guide, "Homesteading: The Free Land Idea; An Activity Guide for Teachers, Grade 4-6. This Curriculum Based Guide shows how the themes of the Homestead National Monument fit into the school curriculum standards of Nebraska and Kansas. Homestead National Monument also provides Distance Learning opportunities.

Below are the types of Field Trip activities that are available and information about scheduling your field trip.

Homestead Search: Students take a closer look at the Heritage Center by searching for items significant to the homesteading movement. (30-45 minutes)

Day in the Life of a Homesteader: A relay race gets students scrambling to finish their daily chores. (45 minutes)

Stake Your Claim: Students choose a "homestead claim" on the prairie with a partner, then learn how available water, timber and land affected the success of early settlers. (45 minutes)

Garden Party: NEW! Various activities get students exploring our edible Learning Garden using all their senses, and learning how homesteaders past and present have grown their own food. Activities will vary by season and may include scavenger hunts, gardening, take-home seed planting, or tasting. (30-45 minutes)

Prairie Walk: Trail guides are available for teachers to use while guiding their students on prairie walks. Rangers are available to lead these walks upon request. (45 minutes)

Searching for Prairie: This activity, best done in the fall, encourages students to search for and identify common plants on the prairie. Students also learn some of the traditional uses of these plants. (45 minutes)

Follow the Buffalo: This program, usually led by a ranger, enables students to touch and see items made from buffalo parts in the traditional American Indian way. Students learn about American Indians of the Great Plains and their traditions. (1 hour)

Please make program reservations at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Longer advance planning is suggested for the busy spring and fall season.

Please contact:
Jesse Bolli
402-223-3514

Planning Your Field Trip:

  • One adult must accompany each 10 children. Chaperones should stay with and assist the group at all times.
  • Adults and students are asked to wear easily readable nametags.
  • Good walking shoes and appropriate clothing for hiking on the prairie are recommended. Activities are scheduled rain or shine. Students should dress for the weather.
  • Ticks and mosquitoes are present on the prairie. Students may want to bring insect repellent.
  • Groups are welcome to each lunch at the picnic tables near the Education Center. A water fountain and restrooms are available in both Education Center and the Heritage Center. Food is not allowed in the buildings.
  • Please share with us any special needs your students may have.

Did You Know?

Sunrise over prairie

The Homestead Act, Emancipation Proclamation and the Railroad Act were passed at the same time and worked together to move emigrants to the west for settlement.