Whether you are teaching art, history, science, or are searching for an educational opportunity in the local community, a visit to Weir Farm National Historic Site can enrich your curriculum by providing students with unique experiences like sketching en plein air at their local national park. We currently offer a variety of educational, fun, and free programs for school groups. Education programs are offered Wednesdays through Fridays, and group visits are limited to 60 students at one time. Some groups come for a short visit, and some groups spend an entire day. School group visits typically include an introductory tour of the park and participation in the Take Part in Art program. However, some teachers also add a self-guiding hike to Weir Pond, participation in the park's Junior Ranger program, or a picnic lunch to their visit.
To schedule a field trip to Weir Farm National Historic Site, please contact the park's Education Program Coordinator at (203) 834-1896 ext. 11.
Type of program: A 30-minute ranger-guided tour of the park, followed by sketching en plein air with graphite pencils, colored pencils or chalk pastels (self-guiding options and walking trails are also available)
Program cost: Free
Program length: 30-minute tour; time spent sketching is determined by the individual group
Days of the week offered: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Group size limit: 60 per group visit; 30 per tour
Chaperone/student ratio: 1:10
Food and water available? Please provide your own food and water. There are no picnicking or trash facilities, but groups can bring lunches and eat outdoors on the grass. The park has a pack-in, pack-out policy.
Bus parking available? Yes, parking is available at the Gilbert & Bennett Community Cultural Center on New Street in Georgetown, CT. Click here for a map to the bus parking lot.
Where does the program meet? Burlingham House Visitor Center
Please note: A visit to Weir Farm National Historic Site is primarily outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. There are no indoor facilities available for groups. The park is also federally protected public use area. Certain activities are prohibited-such as picking flowers, feeding wildlife, and walking or climbing on the stone walls.