Contact: Antietam National Battlefield, P.O. Box 158, Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Call (301) 432-5124 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/anti
Visit Antietam's web page for more information on educational opportunities. Reservations are required for visits by school groups. Call (301) 432-4567.
Antietam participated in the PARTNERS for Education program.
Cannoneers, to Your Post
Students will do a Civil War artillery drill with artillery implements and one of the park's cannons. (No actual firing of the cannon.) In case of bad weather, this program cannot be done inside. Group size: Up to 40 students. Time: 30-45 minutes.
Flags That Talk
Students will be divided into "signal stations," with each station comprising three or four students. Using signal flags and cipher discs, students will send and receive messages the way Civil War armies did. In case of bad weather, this program cannot be done inside. Group size: Up to 40 students. Time: 30-45 minutes.
Civil War Soldier
A park ranger will discuss the life and times of a typical Civil War soldier. Clothing, leather gear and other props will be passed out for the students to examine. This has less hands-on experience than in activities #1 and #2, but is a better program for large groups and younger students. In case of bad weather, this program is done inside. Group size: Up to 100 students. Time: 30 minutes.
Angels of the Battlefield
This is a role-playing activity. Students will re-create the Battle of Antietam. Students will discuss how they would feel before and during the battle, and about the care they received afterwards. They will also dramatize medical care, field hospitals, and Clara Barton's role as a nurse. In case of bad weather, this program cannot be done inside. Group size: 30-100 students. Time: 45-60 minutes.
Flowers and Fords
A ranger will lead the group in a 2 1/2 mile narrated walk on the Snavely Ford nature trail, which runs along the Antietam Creek. The ranger will discuss basic environmental concepts as observed along the trail. This is primarily a science activity. Students will also learn about the military issues connected with the creek. Buses go to stop 9 for this activity. This program is best for small groups. Larger groups are possible if the adults are willing to lead a group and cover materials at the twelve stops. (This trail is not handicapped accessible.) Group size: Up to 30 students. Time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Battlefield in a Box
A ranger will lay out a large map on the ground that shows the roads, bridges and other features of the battlefield. Groups of students can be moved around the map to illustrate the movements of troops during the battle. A short version of this program can be done indoors in case of bad weather. Group size: Up to 75 students. Time: 45 minutes.