The Memorial Column and Observation Deck are currently closed due to restoration. The Memorial reopen for the weekends of Oct. 18 – 19, Oct. 25 – 26 and Nov. 1 – 2, contingent on the restoration process. The Visitor Center is open until Nov. 2. More »
NPS: War of 1812 Bicentennial
It has been nearly 30 years since we've won our Independence. But, will we see our democratic experiment survive? More…
For more information on War of 1812 sites and Bicentennial Events across the US and Canada be sure to visit our links page here.
Teaching With Historic Places
Teaching With Museum Collections-provides lesson plans for educators to use National Park Service collections in student-centered activities.
Teaching with Museum Collections object-based learning emphasizes the links between the "real things;" - National Park Service collections and America's history. Collections connect students to their past, rich and varied cultures, momentous events, inspiring ideas, and the places where the nation's history happened.
National Park Service collections include over 100 million cultural objects, natural history specimens, documents, and photographs. They are located at over 320 national park sites in the very places where the objects were made, used or collected. Teaching with Museum Collections lesson plans highlight park interpretive themes, increase understanding of park resources, and link to national education standards.
Alien Invasions: Plants on the Move: weed curriculum for grades K-12
Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands
The new "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators," is now available and is an updated and expanded version of the popular, award-winning "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters" that came out in 2001.
The kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school level. The National Park Service partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and six other federal agencies, to develop this kit. The kit will aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become "climate stewards."
The kit contains:
Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Teachers Guide. A description of the Toolkit and how it can be used by both formal and informal educators
National Park Service: For Teachers
The For Teachers section of the National Park Service includes everything from lesson plans based on national curriculum standards to professional development opportunities to college-level historic preservation course outlines, the National Park Service has tools that can help enliven classroom presentations and engage students in learning about history.
If you are a teacher searching for classroom materials, a student doing research, or a person looking for a place to spend some time, have some fun and learn in the process, LearnNPS is for you.
All Hands on Deck - USS Constitution Museum Educator Page
Educators' Page of the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812
For Teachers - Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine
For Teachers - Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
For Teachers - River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Teacher Resources - USS Constitution Museum
Did You Know?
Commodore Perry, aboard the Niagara, won the first US Navy fleet action and captured an entire British squadron. Perry reported "Dear General (Harrison): We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop. Yours with great respect and esteem, O.H. Perry".