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)
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.
Planning Your Field Trip:
Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.