• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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    The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »

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    Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.

For Teachers

Park ranger leading a program for a group at the Boy Scout Memorial.
Come outside the classroom! President's Park is a great destination for students and teachers. Here, a park ranger leads a group on a tour of the Boy Scout Memorial, located on the Ellipse south of the White House.

President's Park offers students and educators a number of opportunities to explore the political and cultural history of the United States of America. As a home, an office, and a showplace for American craftsmanship, the White House mirrors and magnifies broad social trends. It is also a popular location for individuals and causes to petition the government, a hallmark of the American democratic experiment. President's Park staff and park partners offer several school programs to help students better understand the symbolic and political role of the White House. For more information on these student programs, please click Plan a Field Trip.

President's Park also welcomes teachers from across the country to workshops held on a variety of topics. Educators interested in learning more about currently available teacher programs should visit our Teacher Workshops page.

To inquire about availability of either a student program or teacher workshop, please e-mail your request or contact an education team member at 202-208-1631. Please note that enrolling in or inquiring about an education program at President's Park is unrelated to making arrangements to tour the White House.

Can't join us here?

Nationwide, the National Park Service also offers curricular materials and opportunities for professional development through programs like Teaching with Historic Places and Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.

The Teaching with Historic Places program uses the idea of "place" to help students tackle topics in history, civics, social studies, geography, and other areas.

Linking Title 1 school districts with local park units, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program offers teachers the ability to work (and sometimes live) in a national park. Teachers support park staff and develop programs based on their interests and park needs.

Whether you visit us here in Washington, DC or visit us only online, we hope you will explore the many opportunities to use your national park system in the classroom.

Did You Know?

British Soldiers Burning the White House

British soldiers set fire to the White House during the War of 1812. Almost everything inside was destroyed. James Madison hired James Hoban to rebuild the house using the original walls, which were still standing. It reopened in 1817 when James Monroe moved in.