Contact: White House Liaison, 1100 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242. Call (202) 208-1631 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/whho and click on the tab for President's Park.
Jackson Statue, Lafayette Park, North of the White House
The White House Visitor Center offers five school programs to help students strengthen critical thinking, analyzing, observing, researching and writing skills. These programs promote literacy and foster respect for public officials and the government while connecting students to history.
All programs occur at the White House Visitor Center except where noted. These programs are free and last from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours. Reservations are available Monday thru Friday on a first-come, first-served basis. To inquire about availability, contact the White House Visitor Center at (202) 208-1631.
Ranger Reading Time, Grades Pre-K-2
"Ranger Reading Time" uses age-appropriate literature such as Woodrow, the White House Mouse, If I Were President, A Christmas Tree in the White House, and The White House Easter Egg Roll to teach students about the White House. Each student will receive a copy of the book that is read during the program to take home. Rangers will also lead students on a tour of either the exhibits in the White House Visitor Center or President's Park.
Colors and Shapes of the White House, Grades K-2
"Colors and Shapes of the White House" provides an introduction to our Executive Mansion, its history and architecture through the use of colors and familiar shapes. A hands-on activity session teaches students about the Five State rooms located on the first floor of the White House. A National Park Service Ranger will read age-appropriate literature about the President's daily life and the many different activities that occur under the White House roof. Pre- and post-lesson plans are available for teachers.
President's Neighborhood, Grades 3-6
"President's Neighborhood" weaves together the rich local and national history of the White House and its surrounding neighborhood. Treasure hunts, trivia games, and an audiovisual presentation encourage students to explore the area and to draw connections between the White House and nearby historical treasures. Interactive tours of President's Park are offered, weather permitting. Pre- and post-lesson plans are available for teachers.
White House Living History Program, Grades K-12
The Living History Series introduces students to the people and events that shaped the character of our nation. Each month, as part of the White House Living History series, master actors and actresses recreate the lives of presidents and patriots, past and present, sending students on a trip through the pages of our nation's history. Programs begin at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Pre- and post-lesson plans may be available for teachers.
Bridging the Watershed Grades 9 - 12
"Bridging the Watershed" offers students an opportunity to study real world science in one of our country's most popular and uniquely urban national parks. Students use President's Park as a learning laboratory to analyze its effect on the Potomac River basin and the greater Chesapeake Bay. Watershed areas include all of the land that drains water into a particular stream, river or lake, and have a profound effect on the environment. This program provides a model that can be replicated in other watershed areas and includes activities that incorporate the five E's: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. For additional information on this program, call (301) 292-8757.
Traveling Trunk Program
Uniformed National Park Service Rangers are available to facilitate a wide variety of programs including slide lectures and literature reading in the classroom.