Plan A Field Trip
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is excited to be part of your school's continuing efforts towards excellence. The National Park Service has a strong tradition of education and we are proud to promote parks as classrooms. To assist all educators with their curricula, New Bedford Whaling NHP has a free field trip program in place for educational groups. We also offer free curriculum and lesson plans for download.
What to Know Before You Come
We suggest that you send in your request early and propose at least two dates. The majority of our program requests occur from April through June, so if you have those dates in mind, please let us know as soon as possible so we may accommodate your class. We generally reserve the entire day for your group, unless you have a very small class.
For groups with over 55 participants, we often collaborate with partners such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum or New Bedford Ocean Explorium and rotate through each venue. However, the field trip coordinator must reserve programming with each partner individually. Collaborative programs require extra coordination, so we recommend starting the scheduling process as soon as possible.
What kind of programming is available?
Videos featuring the :Youth Ambassador Program 54th Regiment, American Dreams, Walk with Me, Everywhere We Go, Get Outside and Move, New England Trail and more. Find all YAP! songs and lyrics available for download
Guided Walking Tour: Whaling is explored from different perspectives during an approximately hour long walking tour through New Bedford's Historic District.
Self-Guided Lesson Plans: Work with your class on your timeframe! Download self-guided lesson plans designed for learning about the Underground Railroad, whaling and the 54th Regiment.
Junior Ranger: Geared towards elementary and middle school students, the booklet consists of a scavenger hunt and activities that take participants on a voyage through time as they explore whaling.
Ready to create an experience for your group at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park? Follow our checklist below.
Field Trip Checklist
Estimate how many students and chaperones will be attending. (The park can only accommodate 55 total (students + chaperones) at one time.) We recommend one chaperone for every ten students.
Be prepared to share your contact information with us, including a phone number, email and mailing address.
Exactly what are you requesting? Check out "what kind of programming is available" above.
Ready? Contact Karissa DeCarlo, Visitor Experience Specialist at 508-996-4095 ext.6108 with questions or to check date availability.
We will review the field trip plan with you, including late arrival/cancellation policies and issue you confirmation via email (or mail if email is unavailable). Please bring this letter with you when you visit.
If weather or other extenuating circumstances interrupt your program, we will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule your visit.
Late Arrivals/Cancellation Policy:
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns! We are here to help make your field trip an enjoyable experience.
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Did You Know?
Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.