Manassas National Battlefield Park may be viewed as a 5,000 acre open classroom, enabling students to learn about the American Civil War and the two major battles that took place here. Educational groups who wish to visit the park should first review the following pages of information about tours and programs offered at the park. All programs are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning and the National Standards for teaching U.S. History.
Education programs offered include both ranger-conducted programs and self-guided tours. Lesson plans and teaching aids are also available to download from this website. Teachers have the option of choosing or adapting a program to fit their needs. The park's interpretive rangers are willing to work with school groups to cater tours to specific topics or areas of interest.
For ranger-conducted education programs, dates and times go first-come, first-reserved. If we are unable to provide a ranger for your group on the date and time of your planned visit due to a prior reservation or other staffing concerns, your group will be encouraged to pick another date, attend regularly-scheduled public tours on that date or pursue self-guided activities in the park.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the park Visitor Center at (703) 361-1339 x1205
Did You Know?
Capt. James Ricketts was wounded and captured while commanding a Union battery at First Manassas. His wife Fannie found him at a field hospital, and accompanied her husband to a Richmond prison to nurse him back to health. Ricketts survived and ended the war a Major General.