Field Trips

Program information
There is no cost for educational programs. Because demand for these activities is high, all field trips must be scheduled at least four weeksin advance. All programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Plan ahead
Field trips are designed to accommodate up to 100 students and generally take 1 to 1 ½ hours to complete. These programs can be modified to fit into shorter time frames. Most field trip activities are outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. For more information or to schedule a program, please email us or call (956) 541-2785, ext. 324.

Self-guided field trip
A self-guided program is a great way for school groups to explore the park. This is a good option for groups who are short on time or who wish to view the site at their own pace. While reservations are not required for self-guided field trips, we do ask you call in advance to inform us of your visit. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center desk.

Field trip like no other
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park continues to develop its facilities and increase program offerings. The park encourages school and educators to experience programs at the park's visitor center, exhibit area, and on the battlefield. With the recent acquisition and development of the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield site, opportunities at both venues will increase.

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  • Palo Alto's air cannon, a unique learning experience.

    Cannoneers were highly trained soldiers who specialized in artillery. In this activity students will learn the science behind operating a cannon. They will then put that knowledge to use using a small scale air powered cannon.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    General
    Subjects:
    Geometry, History, Mathematics, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Science, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    social studies, history, artillery. cannon
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    To arms!

    A Ranger leads a group through the musket drill.

    Infantry soldiers drilled for hours to fire muskets. In this activity students will learn a Mexican War era musket drill. They will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of operating a flintlock musket.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Fitness
    National/State Standards:
    National Standards:
    Gr K-4 Social Studies: U.S. History 2, 3
    Gr 5-12 Social Studies: World History Eras 4 & 7
    Keywords:
    Musket, hands on activity
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    What they wore

    Student dressed as an U.S.-Mexican War laundress.

    U.S. and Mexican infantry soldiers wore heavy woolen uniforms. Women during this era wore multiple layers of petticoats, skirts, and aprons. Students will try-on replica uniforms and compare and contrast them to a modern military uniforms and to their own clothes. Students will also learn how uniforms protected the soldiers and why women wore so many layers.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    General
    Subjects:
    History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    National Standards:
    Gr K-4 Social Studies: U.S. History 2, 3
    Gr 5-12 Social Studies: World History Eras 4 & 7
    Keywords:
    uniforms, hands-on, historic clothing