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Contact: Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo, MD 20812. Call (301) 492-6245 or visit our webiste at www.nps.gov/clba

Clara Barton's Home
Clara Barton Home

The National Park Service, Clara Barton National Historic Site offers curriculum based educational programs for student groups, at no charge, by reservation. Parks as Classrooms Programs are offered September - June on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Group size is limited to 30 students maximum and 8 students minimum.

These programs were developed in partnership with the Montgomery County, Maryland school system. They are designed to meet various curriculum goals and objectives, and are available to any student group of the appropriate age for the program. Home school and community youth groups are encouraged to contact the site for information concerning modified versions of the Parks as Classrooms Programs or summer programs.

Clara Barton Needs You:This program is suitable for students in grades K-3. Clara Barton lived in her Glen Echo home from 1897 - 1912. Miss Barton's home also served as National Headquarters for the American Red Cross, a supply warehouse for disaster relief supplies and as a residence for American Red Cross staff members and volunteers.

The Clara Barton Needs You program focuses on Miss Barton's accomplishments and the important role volunteers played in the operations of the early American Red Cross. Students visiting Clara Barton National Historic Site learn how American Red Cross volunteers helped victims of natural disasters, and what it would have been like to have lived and worked in Miss Barton's home.

The Dreams of Many People Converge in Glen Echo: This program is suitable for students in grades 4-6. Glen Echo, Maryland evolved as a community based upon the dreams of Edward and Edwin Baltzley. In 1891, the Baltzley brothers established a National Chautauqua Assembly in the Maryland countryside near Washington, D.C. Their dreams of an educational and cultural community provided a unique opportunity for Clara Barton. The Glen Echo development offered Miss Barton an opportunity to realize her dreams of establishing a permanent National Headquarters for the American Red Cross.

The Dreams of Many People Converge in Glen Echo program blends the unique link between two National Park Service sites, Clara Barton National Historic Site and Glen Echo Park. The program focuses on Miss Barton's lifetime of service to others, how she formed her dreams of an American Red Cross and how she worked towards accomplishing her dreams.