Welcome teachers, educators, and students! Keweenaw National Historical Park has a lot of information available to you for use in your classroom. The park is also developing curriculum for high school students so check back frequently.
Group Touring of the Calumet Visitor Center
The Calumet Visitor Center at Keweenaw National Historical Park is a great place for school visits and field trips. The Visitor Facility is geared toward multiple learning styles and age groups, and contains hands-on exhibits and interactives. Plan to spend at least a half hour at the visitor center although an hour is ideal. Please review the pdf file to leard more about scheduling a visit to the Calumet Visitor Center.
Educators may also want to provide their students with this Student Guide for the Calumet Visitor Center. This guide provides an active way to explore the various exhibits throughout the building.
Listed below are many of the resources that the park has developed to date, which you may find useful. In many cases, you can download a pdf of the item.
The park's Draft Education Plan identifies the education projects that are proposed, in progress and those that have been completed.
Keweenaw Stories Online Videos
Join park rangers as they explore the many features of Keweenaw National Historical Park. These short videos provide details on park places and stories. The videos average two minutes in length and are written and presented by park staff. The first videos are up with more to come.
These booklets contain maps, photos, and general information that guide visitors, school groups, and educators to the resources of the Calumet Unit of the park. To download lower resolution Adobe pdfs of these booklets, see the hightlight links to the right. You can also purchase printed versions of these booklets from the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association bookstore.
Copper Mining History Timeline
This web-based version of an exhibit at the park information desk located at the Quincy Mine Gift Shop provides a historic overview of the copper mining story of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Click on the Copper Mining History Timeline title above to view the link.
Park Overview Powerpoint
Teachers can request a CD of this 45-minute presentation which provides an overview of the copper mining history of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The slide show contains both historic and present day images and includes information about Keweenaw National Historical Park. To request a copy, call Kathleen Harter, Chief of Interpreation and Education at (906) 483-3024.
Fourth Thursday in History
Attend monthly Fourth Thursday in History presentations to learn more about the area's natural and cultural history. Topics and locations vary. All programs are free and last about an hour. For more information on an upcoming program, visit our Schedule of Events page.
Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association
Teachers may receive a discount on purchases with a valid school ID. Sales outlets are located at the Calumet Visitor Center at the Union Building in Calumet and the Isle Royale National Park Visitor Center in Houghton. You can also order items through their online bookstore or call 1-800-678-6925.
Teaching with Historic Places
Views of the National Parks
Education Internet Resources for Teachers
Did You Know?
Alexander Agassiz, President of Calumet & Hecla Mining Company from 1871 to 1910, was the son of famed naturalist and Harvard professor, Louis Agassiz. Alexander's interest in copper mining was to fund his scientific travels. He became a specialist in marine ichthyology - the study of fish. More...