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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  • Battle of Cerro Gordo-shows American soldiers charging uphill against Mexican soldiers.

    So Far From God, So Close to the United States" was the quote that one Mexican leader used to describe his perspective on the Mexican American War.  The Mexican-American War led to the acqusition, by the United States, of the American Southwest.  Troops stationed at Fort Scott were involved in every major campaign of that war.  This program explores the ways in which those soldiers participated.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Mexican War, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri SS Standard Two and Six
    Kansas SS Standard One-Five
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Mexican-American War
  • Reenactors portraying dragoon soldiers on the prairie

    In the 1840s, Westward Expansion proceeded at an astronomical rate.  In less than a decade,  land comprising Texas, the American Southwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest all came under control of the United States.  Soldiers at Fort Scott had participated in military missions that helped bring that about.  By the end of the decade the map of the nation had changed dramatically as the nation fulfilled its' Manifest Destiny of stretching from coast to coast.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards 1, 3, 4, 5
    Missouri SS Standards 2, 6
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Santa Fe Trail, oregon trail, Mexican-American War, Permanent Indian Frontier
  • 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 Trips
    Grade level:
    General
    Subjects:
    Geometry, History, Mathematics, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Science, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    social studies, history, artillery. cannon
  • Students learning how to be a cannoneer.

    Soldiers who served on an artillery crew were called cannoneers. Each cannoneer had a specific role in operating the cannon. In this activity students will learn what these roles were and what their duties were. They will also learn about the safety measure soldiers took. (Note: Cannon is a NON-firing replica.)

    Type:
    Field Trips
    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:
    Mexican War, military history, artillery
  • 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 Trips
    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 Trips
    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