Theodore Roosevelt Island makes a great classroom! With such diverse human and natural history, you are guaranteed to find landforms, wildlife, or historic resources that bring your curriculum to life. Park staff offer two formal field trips and a traveling trunk.


Plan a Field Trip

Try one of these curriculum-based education programs or request a program designed especially for your class. Call 703‑285-2965 for dates and times.

1st United States Colored Troops by Matthew Brady

Library of Congress

Mr. Lincoln's Soldiers
For African Americans, enlistment in the Union Army was a big decision. Soldiers left their families and daily routines behind and took on crucial new responsibilities; even if they survived the war, they would never be the same. Visit their first training camp to experience their introduction to Army life.

Aerial view of the marsh on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Wings Over Woodlands and Wetlands
Theodore Roosevelt found birds fascinating, and when you visit his memorial you can find out why. Nearly 200 species of birds frequent it each year. Learn how their adaptations, including their ability to migrate, make this island so appealing to them.


Borrow a Traveling Trunk

Traveling trunks bring props and lesson plans into your classroom. The material in a traveling trunk is designed to supplement your curriculum. Activities have been matched to standards of learning in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Call 703-285-2965 to arrange to borrow a trunk. Rangers may be able to deliver it to your school for free.

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt: Life and Legacy
Theodore Roosevelt seemed larger than life, even to those who knew him best. Document-based activities in this traveling trunk help students explore his legacy by adopting the perspectives of those who designed his presidential memorial. Meanwhile students will consider their own lives and potential legacies.

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