• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Take a guided walking tour or tune in to the free app.

    Join us for a guided tour held daily at 11AM and 3PM. Meet us at the Alexander Hamilton statue at 72 McBride Avenue. Interested in a self-guided opportunity? Download the free app. Learn more about both options and we'll see you soon. More »

  • Only one portion of the park is closed - Mary Ellen Kramer Park

    Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave.

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.