Education

Field Trips and Specialty Tours

Note: The Wilkinson Mill and the Sylvanus Brown House are currently closed to the public until critical accessibility and safety work is completed. Due to this, group tours are required to be smaller than those offered in the past.

Field Trips at the Mill

We are welcoming field trips for elementary and secondary school students at Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark in Pawtucket, RI.

Each visit includes a tour of Old Slater Mill as well as optional group activities.

The current capacity for a group field trip is 60 people at a time for up to 90 minutes. There is no fee, but reservations are required. Visitors may eat on the grounds of Slater Mill but there is no indoor dining space. Please note that restrooms are limited.

  • We are not accepting bookings from December 2, 2023 – February 20, 2023 as the mill is closed to the public during this time.
  • Starting on February 21, 2024, the park will offer field trips on Wednesdays (9:30 AM to 1:30 PM) and Fridays (9:30 AM to 1:30 PM) through April 5, 2024.
  • Starting April 10, 2024, the park will offer field trips on Wednesdays (9:30 AM to 1:30 PM) and Thursdays (9:30 AM to 12:00 PM) through May 30, 2024.
  • Wednesday (9:30 AM to 1:30 PM) field trips can be booked through June 12, 2024

Reservations can be made by emailing Allison Horrocks or calling 401-318-4883.

Lifelong Learners/Camps/Colleges and Universities

Extended tours of Old Slater Mill are available for groups of lifelong learners and college-level classes (up to 25 visitors per tour). Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and spend up to 90 minutes with a Park Ranger. These tours are offered on a first come, first served basis depending on availability. There is no fee, but reservations are required.
Reservations can be made by emailing Allison Horrocks or calling 401-318-4883

We are not accepting bookings from December 2, 2023 – February 4, 2023

Tour Companies/Fee-Based Groups - Commercial Use Authority

The National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, Section 418 (1998 Act) provides the authority for NPS to issue CUAs.
CUAs are required if an operator intends to make a profit from commercial goods or services to park visitors that:

  1. Take place at least in part on lands managed by the NPS.
  1. Use Park resources.

If you have any questions regarding these matters, or would like to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization, please feel free to contact Kevin Rice at 401-318-7155 or at e-mail us.


 
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School children take class photo outside of Ashton School House

In Your Classroom

Video Resources:

The Park's YouTube page provides dozens of videos that investigate the history of the Blackstone River Valley.

Suggested Videos for self-guided tours:

Classroom Visits

Starting in March 2023, the park will offer ranger-led classroom visits in Rhode Island. If you are interested in having a staff member come to your class, please reach out to Park Ranger Allison Horrocks.

Curriculum

The Rhode Island Historical Society, in partnership with NPS, created lesson plans designed to meet the curriculum standards for fourth grade students in Rhode Island. These plans work well for educators planning a visit to Blackstone River State Park in Lincoln, RI. However, they are also intended for educators unavailable to go to the site itself.

Please see the tabs below to access the lesson plans:

 

Last updated: January 6, 2024

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Mailing Address:

67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Phone:

401-725-8638

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