• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Interested in Reserving a Tour

    Are you planning to visit Paterson Great Falls this winter? If so, plan ahead and make a reservation in advance for the free orientation tour - A Stroll Through History. More »

  • Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson

    Due to landscape improvement project, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge will be closed on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Reservations for NPS programs will still be taken. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park

Parks As Classrooms

Members of Great Falls Youth Corps talking to children about the NPS
Members of Great Falls Youth Corps talking to children about the NPS.
NPS photo - I. Goldman

The National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics and other subjects.

Learn more about Teaching with Historic Places in a Lesson Plan called Paterson, New Jersey: America's Silk City


You may wish to supplement your Teaching with Historic Places in-class lesson by visiting Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

If you are an educator planning to bring students to the Great Falls on a field trip, and would like to schedule a 15-minute introduction to the National Park Service (NPS) and the important role Paterson and the Passaic River played in the development of the country, you can contact Ranger Ilyse at 973-523-5295, Monday-Friday, to reserve a date.

Interested in linking the natural and cultural stories of Paterson Great Falls with your curriculum? Drafted by Justin L., a social studies education major at William Paterson University, the following documents are aligned with the Common Core Standards and the Paterson Public School curriculum guidelines:

4th - 8th Grade Social Studies connections to Paterson National Historical Park

9th - 11th Grade Social Studies connections to Paterson National Historical Park

Looking for additional educational tools? The National Park Service has a strong educational mission and nearly 400 national park sites with themes that may align with your curriculum needs. Explore the "For Teachers" link on the National Park Service web site for curriculum-based lesson plans, travelling trunks, Junior Ranger activity books and more. You can download the following document for a few suggested links to help you get started:

NPS links for educators

Ranger Ilyse with a NPS arrowhead
Ranger Ilyse, with a NPS arrowhead, talking with a school class
George Garbeck, Graphics Coordinator (Dept. of Communications) - Paterson Public Schools

Did You Know?

Colonel Samual Colt

Samuel Colt was an early Paterson business owner? From 1836 until 1842, his gun mill produced about 5,000 guns. A lack of government contracts was a major factor in his failure in Paterson. He later achieved success in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War.